Free and Reduced Priced Meals
Child Nutrition is dedicated to providing nutritious and healthy meals so that our students can be nourished to learn, grow, and reach their full potential. Lunch costs $2.45 and Breakfast is $1.50. All students are eligible to apply for free or reduced priced meals. A family application is distributed to all students on the first day of school. Please complete only 1 application per family and send back to your youngest child's school. Students who attended Sylacauga City Schools last year and were on the free and reduced meal program MUST complete a new application for eligibility of extended benefits. New students applying for free or reduced meal benefits are responsible for paying regular breakfast and lunch prices until benefits are issued.
Child Nutrition provides breakfast and lunch for all students every school day. All meals follow the menu pattern and nutritional guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Breakfast costs $1.50 and lunch is $2.45 Reduced prices for qualifying students is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. Sylacauga City Schools follows the traditional food-based menu pattern for all student meals in accordance with USDA regulations. In 2010 the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act created the most intense changes in school nutrition in a generation. New requirements include increased emphasis on fruits and vegetables, with careful control of calories and saturated fat. See the document below for the USDA Meal Pattern used by all schools.
Offer vs. Serve
Breakfast components are milk, fruit/juice/vegetable, and grains. Every morning four items will be offered at breakfast and students must select at least three of the items, with one item being 1/2 cup Fruit and/or vegetables. It is certainly acceptable to select all four items.
Lunch components are meat/meat alternate, fruit, vegetables, grains, and milk. Students must select, at a minimum, 1/2 cup serving of fruit and/or vegetables plus any two other full components. We certainly encourage students to fill up on all five components for a healthy meal that will nourish them for classroom learning and physical activity.
Alabama Nutritional Guidelines
The Child Nutrition Program operates under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Alabama State Department of Education. In May 2015 the Alabama School Board approved sweeping changes in nutritional standards for foods provided to students during the school day. The changes have raised the bar of excellence for nutrition in Alabama's public schools.
Wellness meetings will be held in December to review each school's Wellness Plan. The schedule is as follows: NLMS - Dec. 6 at 3:00; SHS - Dec. 11 at 7:15; Pinecrest - Dec. 12 at 7:30; and Indian Valley - Dec. 13 at 7:00. All meetings will be held in the Media Center. The public is invited to attend.
USDA Nondiscrimination 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 communications 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/complaing_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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.