The following is a list of key topics relating to nutrition service:
- Meal Prices
- Meal Credit Sales
- Meal Charges
- Delinquent School Meals Account Notices
- New Students
- Meal Accounting
- Free and Reduced Eligibility
- Free and Reduced Notification Letters
- Milk Allergies & Special Meals
- Field Trip Sack Lunches
- All-School Sack Lunches
- Depositing of Lunch Revenues
- Use of Kitchens
- Catering Services
- Food from an Outside Source
- Computer Programs
- Vending Machines
- General Guidelines
Note: Adult price of $3.35 applies to anyone wishing to purchase a second lunch.
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Meal Credit Sales
Federal Regulations require that lunch credits be available for purchase daily.
Granite School District’s Nutrition Service Department wants to make sure all students who want a breakfast or lunch receives that meal; we don’t want to take food away from any student in the serving line. Unfortunately, at times we do have an issue with the delinquent accounts within the district. We have created a solution for this situation with the help of the schools’ administrative team.
Delinquent School Meals Account Notices
Granite School District recognizes the important link between proper nutrition and academic success. The purpose of this policy is to establish a consistent district procedure for charging meals when students do not have money to pay, preventing meal charges, and ensuring eligible children are certified for free and reduced-price school meals.
Because hunger is an impediment to learning, no student shall be denied a school meal because of an inability to pay. Children will be served a meal that meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition standards for school meals.
To ensure that households are aware of negative account balances and the potential to accrue meal debt the school nutrition department will:
- Send out low balance notices prior to students needing to charge meals.
- Notify and/or work with principals, school counselors, and/or teachers to understand the student and parent’s situation and if a school meal application is needed.
- Use automated calling system to notify parents of negative balances.
- Use automated email alerts to notify parents of negative balances.
New paying students are encouraged to pay cash for their meals until an account has been set-up and meals can be debited. Students will always be fed regardless of bringing money.
Federal Regulations require that a member of the nutrition service staff be stationed at the point of service (where meals are counted). At that point, it will be determined whether or not: 1) the tray contains at least 3 required food items; and 2) the student’s lunch has been counted on the food program.
Free and Reduced Eligibility
Students who were on the free and reduced list last Spring are still qualified to receive meals for the first thirty (30) days of the new school year or until the parents receive their new notification letter, (not to exceed 30 days into the new school year). The district uses Discovery to electronically enroll students. Once a student has been “entered” into Discovery, our office can then enter the free or reduced status of that student. Call Kim at 385-646-5506 for information.
Free and Reduced Notification Letters
The Notification Letter to Parents will be sent to the parents through the cafeteria manager, the school office, or through e-mail. If not emailed, they will be given to the student to take home.
Milk Allergies and Special Meals
We currently do not have a milk substitute available for milk allergies. The Special Dietary Needs Request form can be found on the district web site under the Nutrition Service department for parents who need to change their student’s meals due to allergies or other special diet accommodations. Please send completed requests to Garth Hunt, Operations Manager & Dietitian, in Nutrition Services for approval. See Administrative Memorandum #64 dated April 18, 1995 for details. We cannot accommodate special meals without this form in our files.
Field Trip Sack Lunches
We need a minimum of five (5) working days notice to insure we have the product on hand.
To ensure every student receives a sack lunch and to reduce food waste, a sack lunch order procedure has been developed. This procedure involves a team effort from all departments involved in the sack lunch request. The steps below will make certain that the goal is met of providing every student with a sack lunch and producing accurate amounts.
- Teachers whose students are involved in this sack lunch event must send a note to the student’s parent (Letter to Parent Regarding Sack Lunch) to verify and confirm if the student will be eating a school sack lunch or will be bringing a lunch from home.
- The teacher must provide the school cafeteria with the name(s) of the student(s) who will need a sack lunch at least two weeks in advance of the event.
- The school office must notify the cafeteria manager of the amount of sack lunches needed so he/she can adjust the daily school lunch production and minimize over production for that day.
- Cafeteria managers, please keep in mind that if a parent requests a sack lunch but the student shows up with their own lunch, they still must be provided the school sack lunch and must still be claimed on FasTrak.
- Provide confirmation to the cafeteria manager and central kitchen of the guaranteed amount of sack lunches needed two days prior to the event
All-School Sack Lunches
All-school sack lunches will be produced and packaged at the school site.
Be sure to add the sack lunch count to your daily report by category: Paid, Free, and Reduced.
Depositing of Lunch Revenues
Bank deposits must be made anytime your total school funds collected exceed $300.00 in the elementary and $500.00 in the secondary schools. Follow additional depositing procedures as directed by school administration.
Use of Kitchens
As per district policy, when any group uses the kitchen, a nutrition service worker must be present. Please see Fiscal Policy Manual, Page 13-3 F-b.
As a reminder, we are able to provide a complete array of catering services ranging from refreshments for meetings to luncheon or dinner buffets. Please call Stacie Fearnley at 385-646-5704 for details or to request a catering brochure. Our catering guide is also available at https://www.graniteschools.org/nutritionservices/district-catering-services/
Food from an Outside Source
The District has been advised by the Health Department and Risk Management, that schools should not allow home prepared foods or other non-commercial foods to be brought into the school/classroom, because of the possibility of food contamination and subsequent liability. Please see Administrative Memo #26 for further clarification.
We support the PCS Lunch program, FasTrack, RighTrack, TrakNow, RightNow, and TimeForce from our office. Please call the nutrition service office at 385-646-4321 for assistance.
Vending Machines for Secondary Schools
Please read Administrative Memorandum #27 and call us if you have any questions. The policy for the placement of vending machines has changed. Please call the nutrition service office for more information.
Vending machines must comply with Smart Snack in School (Smart Snacks) effective July 1, 2014.
Carbohydrate counts are available on our Nutriton Services website at https://www.graniteschools.org/nutritionservices/school-menus/
Reports and records are a very important part of this department’s operation. The scheduling and deadlines have been established by the Accounting Department. Please check with the Accounting Department regarding reporting requirements.
- School lunches, breakfast, and milk will be served on the first day of school.
- Please read and have filed the following for audit:
- A copy of the current “Free and Reduced Price Meal Policy” as adopted by the USDA, State Board of Education, and Granite Board of Education. You received this policy from Kim Carter, in our office, in early September of each year.
- All of these records must remain on file for a period of four years. (This includes the prior three school years plus the current operating year.)
- The Financial Report – Meal Count, please do not estimate any figures. All figures must be from an accurate daily accounting, and the back-up computer sheets or roster sheets must be maintained for three years.
- When school cafeteria kitchens are used for functions other than regular school lunch, a school lunch worker must be present and paid for their time by the using organization which will be billed by the Nutrition Services department. Please call our office when this service is needed.
- No Nutrition Services equipment should leave the kitchen area.
- All catering events are to be scheduled with Stacie Fearnley, catering specialist. Please call 385-646-5704.
- Any orders for straws, napkins, plates, etc. that is needed for various projects in the school should be ordered by the school secretary; a bill will then be issued to the school by the Nutrition Service Department.
- School lunch should not be canceled for a class, grade level, or the entire school for PTA functions, field trips, class parties, etc. We do provide sack lunches with a notice of at least five (5) school days.
- Any industrial accident involving a Nutrition Services employee is to be reported to the employee’s supervisor and the school secretary. All paperwork will be completed at the school.
- The following GSD Administrative Memoranda applies to Nutrition Service:
- #26 Home Prepared Foods Distributed or Consumed at School
- #27 Competitive Food Rules
- #37 Elementary and Secondary Lunch Supervision Programs
- #64 School Nutrition Services Procedures
- #42 Kitchen Use by Non Nutrition Service People