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ALL students will receive meals at NO CHARGE for the 2021-2022 school year. 

This program is funded from the USDA.
Please continue to fill out a Free & Reduced Form, as you may be eligible for additional benefits.
Free & Reduced Meal Applications are accepted the entire year

Product Availability Concerns

While the school experience may look more normal this year, the impacts of COVID continue to wreak havoc on nearly all industry globally, including food service. Combined with a litany of other COVID-related issues, there will be intense pressure on all level of the food supply chain nationwide. Through no fault of our own, we will experience significant product availability issues. We will do everything possible to keep posted menus as accurate as possible, but will have to adjust as products become unavailable.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through this school year.

Winnie Jacks, Food Service Supervisor

Overview

Bellefontaine City Schools cafeterias serve meals that meet the federal nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  As a participant in the National School Lunch Program, we serve lunches that follow a strict meal pattern and meet USDA Dietary Guidelines. 

School lunches offer students proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains and milk and must meet strict limits on saturated fat.  School lunches also meet additional standards which require:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Larger servings of fruits and vegetables
  • A wider variety of vegetables including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • More whole grains
  • Fat-free (flavored milk must be fat-free) or 1%milk
  • Less Sodium

Lunch provides 1/3 of recommended daily allowance of nutrients and calories for their age group.

There is a critical link between nutrition and learning.  Proper nutrition is essential for students to feel better, learn better and behave better.

OFFER VS. SERVE POLICY:
Offer vs. serve provision of the school lunch program means students are offered all five food items each day from within the federally-required lunch program.  Students must take a least three of the five food items and one must be a fruit or a vegetable.  Students are encouraged to take all 5 items.  Offer vs. Serve allows students to refuse a food item they do not like, encourages freedom of choice and eliminates waste. 

BREAKFAST SERVED:

High School: 
7:20-7:40am – Cafeteria  grab & go bag – report to classroom - every day except on a 3 hour delay.   
Middle School: 
7:15-7:35am - Hall – grab & go bag – report to classroom - every day except on a 2 or 3 hour delay.       
Intermediate:
8:20-8:40am - In classrooms - every day except on a 2 or 3 hour delay.   
Elementary: 
8:40-9:05am - In classrooms - every day except on a 2 or 3 hour delay.  


Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:  http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3)  email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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