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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL MEALS

  FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2022-2023 


For the past two years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has offered waivers to Child Nutrition (CN) Programs across the United States, to offer all students breakfast and lunch, at no charge.  These waivers will expire on June 30, 2022.  This means that starting this coming school year, the CN programs across the nation will return to normal, pre- pandemic operations.

 Families will need to complete a Free/Reduced Meal Application to qualify for the program.

Meal applications will be available July 1, 2022 on the BCS website in Final Forms or you can print one off the BCS website or pick up an application at a school in August.

 Applications submitted before July 1, 2022 will be denied.

For more information please call Winnie Jacks @ 937-593-9060 or [email protected]

  
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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