The National School Lunch Program since 1946 has made it possible for schools throughout the nation to serve wholesome lunches that are designed to meet the nutritional needs of children. These lunches make an important contribution to the good nutrition so vital to children’s mental and physical development. Round Valley Schools provide meals that are established on each menu’s nutritional value. Lunch Menu consist of the following: Entrée, Fruit, Vegetable, Bread, Milk. A lunch menu is sent home or available from your students school each month. Cost for lunch: Elem. $1.35, Secondary $1.50. Payment made to the school by the WEEK or by the MONTH. We have a no charge policy. Ala-Carte is available at all Secondary schools. Prices vary per food item. There are many choices for students to choose from.
SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM
Children who come to school hungry may find it difficult to stay alert and learn. The School Breakfast Program helps close the nutrition gap by providing children with nutritious food before school begins. The program improves the nutrition and dietary practices of students that aids the learning process. Breakfast cost is $.60 per meal. Payment made to the school by the WEEK or by the MONTH. Student’s who qualify for free and reduced meals for school lunch also qualify and are eligible for the same benefits in the breakfast program. A monthly menu for breakfast is sent home from the school to inform parents and students of what foods are being served. The program is designed to provide one quarter of the child’s recommended daily dietary allowance.
CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS ARE TRYING TO HELP STUDENTS BY:
Making available healthy eating choices. Efforts have been made to modify the fat, salt, and sugar in recipes used in the meals that are prepared. The specifications of items purchased are reviewed and where possible selected based on improving the nutritional quality of school meals. Reinforcing classroom Instruction through having the meals serves as a learning laboratory. More choices in menus are available to students, i.e. fresh fruits and vegetables, entrees, etc. Promoting nutrition as part of a comprehensive healthy life style program by increasing the awareness of the National Dietary Guidelines as they relate to dietary practices.
MEAL BENEFIT PROGRAM
To apply for Free or Reduced price meals. You need to obtain a Meal Benefit Application Form from your student’s school. A new application will need to be filled out at the start of a NEW SCHOOL YEAR. Only one application per household is required. Submit the application to your students school. Applications will be reviewed and an eligibility determination made within 10 operating days of receiving the application. A letter to your household will be issued from the Central Kitchen notifying you of your student’s eligibility. If your family is on AFDC or Food Stamps a letter (replaces the application) is sent to you around July 15th from the Arizona State Office of Education, please follow the instructions on this letter. The letter must be returned to your student’s school or the Child Nutrition Office for your student to be eligible for meal benefits. Households who meet or are below the Federal Income Guidelines are eligible for either FREE or REDUCED price meals at $.40 for lunch and $.30 for breakfast. Payment for reduced meals can be made by the WEEK or by the MONTH to your student’s school. All Student’s within the District, who were eligible the prior school year, will start the new school year with the same eligibility, for a period of 30 School Days or Sept.16 (whichever comes first). After that time if a new application has not been submitted then the student becomes a paying student. The information that is provided will be treated confidentially and will be used only for eligibility determinations and verification data. Any questions relative to Meal Benefits or other Programs contact the: Central Kitchen at 333-6880
In the operation of Child Nutrition Programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250
Round Valley Central Kitchen serves over 700 lunch meals Daily. Add another 150 students who choose ala-carte. The Program serves approximately 200 breakfast meals daily. The District has four schools serving lunch and two of those schools are serving breakfast. The program has a staff of 16 employees who meet the needs of your children who participate in Child Nutrition Programs.