Child Nutrition

Welcome to Child Nutrition!

Debbie McCoin
Director
Central Office
835-3135
Ext: 223
Elkin Elementary
336-835-2756
Ext: 231
mccoind@elkin.k12.nc.us
                                                           

Welcome to School Meals!

Elkin City Schools provides nutritious breakfast and lunch meals. All meals are based on the new USDA standards. This is part of the Healthy Hunger- Free Kids Act. The requirements are listed below. Students in our school district are offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Smart Snacks in School standards published by the USDA will build on these healthy advancements by insuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are tasty and nutritious.
Students must choose at least one fruit or vegetable as part of a reimbursable meal.

*Increased offerings of whole grain-rich foods.
*Weekly offerings of dark greens and red or orange vegetables, as well as beans and other legumes.
*Offering only fat-free or low fat milk.
*Reduce the amounts of sodium, trans-fats and saturated fats.
*Limit calories based on the age of children.

These standards are designed to help children maintain a healthy weight. Well balanced meals are the cornerstones of success in the classroom and to improve children’s academic performance.

A BREAKFAST CONSISTS OF 4 MENU ITEMS:

STUDENTS MUST TAKE AT LEAST 3 ITEMS, BUT CAN HAVE ALL 4 ITEMS.

*A GRAIN CHOICE OF CEREAL, TOAST, MUFFIN, ETC.

*A PROTEIN CHOICE YOGURT, CHEESE, EGGS, ETC.

*100% FRUIT JUICE OR FRUIT (MUST TAKE A LEAST 1 OF THESE ITEMS)

*FAT-FREE OR 1% MILK

A LUNCH CONSISTS OF 5 MENU ITEMS:

STUDENTS MUST TAKE 3 ITEMS, BUT CAN TAKE ALL 5 ITEMS

*AN ENTRÉE WITH PROTEIN

*A GRAIN CHOICE (WHOLE GRAIN BREADSTICK OR ROLL)

*FRUIT CHOICES

*VEGETABLE CHOICES

*FAT-FREE OR 1% MILK

*STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE A FRUIT OR VEGETABLE.

Breakfast is an important meal for students. It helps them to concentrate and do better in class. It is

proven that a child does better in class if that eat breakfast. School breakfast can give a child a healthy

start to their day. ELKIN CITY SCHOOLS offers a nutritious breakfast ever morning for students.

Elkin City Schools’ Child Nutrition strives to provide high quality meals for your children that
both nutritious and appealing at a reasonable cost.

Our team of trained professionals is committed to providing the best.  Each Child Nutrition Manager has received “ServSafe’ certification from the National Restaurant Association.

Elkin City School’s Child Nutrition Department has focused on increasing our fiber/whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and changing some of the supplemental sale items.  Our milk selections next year offered by Pet Dairies will no longer contain high fructose corn syrup.  All of these new items will assist us in maintaining our average weekly State Standard Menu Analysis of <35% of calories from fat.  We want you to feel good about choosing school meals!

We look forward to serving your child.  We encourage you to join them for lunch, too!  If at any time you have questions, please contact our office at (336) 527-4500.

Debbie McCoin

Child Nutrition Director

 2014-2015 MEAL PRICES

 

Students

Breakfast

Lunch

 

               Reduced       Paid

Reduced              Paid

Elementary

$.30                   $1.25

$.40                      $2.25

Middle

$.30                   $1.25

$.40                      $2.50

High

$.30                   $1.25

$.40                      $2.50

Adults

                          $1.25

                             $3.25

What PARENTS Need to Know About School Breakfast and Lunch

The Breakfast Program

Breakfast is offered daily in all schools before the start of the school day.  Breakfast is for ALL students.  Students may select one entrée from a variety of items (such as hot biscuits, pop tarts, cereal, scrambled eggs, and reduced fat muffins), one side item (such as chilled juice, fresh or canned fruit or vegetable) and choice of low fat or skim milk.

Each breakfast menu has been analyzed by a nutrition analysis software program designed to ensure that all student age groups meet the required USDA nutrient-based levels when averaged over a five (5) day week.

A student breakfast consists of 4 Menu Items:

  • Bread Choice (such as cereal, French toast sticks, muffin, biscuit, etc).
  • Protein Choice (such as eggs, yogurt, cheese, etc).
  • 100% Fruit Juice and/or Fruit Choice
  • Low fat Milk Choice-flavored and unflavored 1% or skim milk

Under the Offer vs. Serve program students may choose as few as three items or as many as four items for a complete breakfast.

 The Lunch Program

Students may select a lunch consisting of an entrée, two side items and milk.  A student may select an all vegetable plate (up to four (4) fruits and vegetables and milk).  Students have the option of selecting just the entrée and milk.  To ensure that your student is receiving a well balanced meal and to maximize the full dollar value, we encourage students to select the entire meal.

Each lunch menu has been analyzed by a nutrition analysis software program designed to ensure that all student age groups meet the required USDA nutrient-based levels when averaged over a five (5) day week.

A student lunch consists of 5 Menu Items:

  • Entrée with Protein (such as baked chicken, lasagna, etc.)
  • Assorted Fruit Choices
  • Assorted Vegetable Choices
  • Bread Choice (such as a roll, breadstick, hamburger/hotdog bun)
  • Low fat Milk Choice-flavored and unflavored 1% or skim milk

Under the Offer vs. Serve program students may choose as few as three items or as many as 5 items for a complete lunch.  We encourage students to take at least two servings of fruits and vegetables as part of their meal.

Extra Items

All cafeterias offer a variety of healthy snacks for students to purchase.  These foods are offered in addition to, not in place of, the regular menu at additional cost.  If a child does not have money on his/her account or have money in hand at the time of purchase, the child will not be able to purchase any extra items.  Only a meal can be “charged”.

Special Diets

All requests for special diets must be submitted annually to the Child Nutrition Services’ office on a Diet Request form with a physician or registered dietitian signature.  Upon receipt of each completed form, the director will modify menus and instruct child nutrition managers in regards to each special diet.

Charge Policies

The Child Nutrition Department will allow a student to charge up to one meal.  A la carte items cannot be charged.

Student Accounts

The Child Nutrition Department uses a computerized cash register system in all schools.

  1. All students have their own declining balance account.
  2. Personal Identification Numbers (PIN’s) are assigned to all students.
  3. The Child Nutrition Director can add “flags” to student accounts to alert cashiers of special needs and we can prohibit the purchase a la carte/individual items.  Purchasing limits can also be set.
  4. Students should not give their PIN number to other students.
  5. Parents can pre-pay for snacks and lunches without ever worrying about losing money.

Meal Payment Options

The Child Nutrition Department will accept payment for meals by the following means:

  1. Processed Meal Application
  2. Direct Certification
  3. Advanced payment or payment at time of service (cash or check)

Check Policies

The Child Nutrition Department will accept cash or personal check that is payable to the school cafeteria.  Checks will be accepted for the amount of purchase or for prepayment of meals/snacks under the following conditions:

  1. Checks must include a valid driver’s license number and a telephone number.
  2. Counter checks and out of state checks will not be accepted.
  3. Second party checks will not be accepted.
  4. Cashiers are not allowed to “cash” checks for anyone.

Prepayment Options

The prepayment option is for snacks and meals.  This is a great option for parents to ensure their students(s) have money on their accounts.  The Child Nutrition Department will accept payments in any account.  The money will stay in you student(s) account until it is used.  If you student(s) transfer’s to another school within our system, you must request a refund in writing.  That request will be approved by the Child Nutrition Director.

 Nutrition on the Web

Eat Smart Move More

http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/

Eat Smart, Play Hard

www.fns.usda.gov/EATSMARTPLAYHARD

Fruits and Veggies More Matter

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/

Nutrition Explorations

http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/

Dole Super Kids

http://www.dolesuperkids.com/

USDA NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ITS CUSTOMERS, EMPLOYEES, AND APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, GENDER (MALE OR FEMALE), GENDER IDENTITY, RELIGION, REPRISAL, AND WHERE APPLICABLE, POLITICAL BELIEFS, MARITAL STATUS, FAMILIAL OR PARENTAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR IF ALL OR PART OF AN INDIVIDUAL’S INCOME IS DERIVED FROM ANY PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM,OR PROTECTED GENETIC INFORMATION IN EMPLOYMENT OR IN ANY PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY CONDUCTED OR FUNDED BY THE DEPARTMENT. (NOT ALL PROHIBITED BASIS WILL APPLY TO ALL PROGRAMS AND/OR EMPLOYMENT ACTIVITIES).

UNDER THE FEDERAL CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM AND USDA POLICY, DISCRIMINATION IS PROHIBITED UNDER THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, GENDER (MALE OR FEMALE), AGE OR DISABILITY.

IF YOU WISH TO FILE A CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT OF DISCRIMINATION, COMPLETE THE USDA PROGRAM DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT FORM, FOUND ONLINE AT HTTP://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html, OR AT ANY USDA OFFICE, OR CALL (866) 632-9992 TO REQUEST THE FORM. YOU MAY ALSO WRITE A LETTER CONTAINING ALL OF THE INFORMATION REQUESTED IN THE FORM. SEND YOUR COMPLETED FORM OR LETTER TO US BY MAIL AT U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF ADJUDICATION, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE, S.W. WASHINGTON, D.C. 20250-9410, BY FAX (202) 690-7442 OR EMAIL AT program.intake@usda.gov . INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DEAF, HARD OF HEARING OR HAVE SPEECH DISABILITIES MAY CONTACT USDA THROUGH THE FEDERAL RELAY SERVICE AT (800) 877-8339; OR (800) 845-6136 (SPANISH). USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER.