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SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM

 

Mission Statement

To serve students and staff a quality, affordable meal, adhering to the Dietary Guidelines set by the USDA, to maintain a commitment to fiscal responsibility and to continuously improve on the nutritional integrity of our program.
 

Program Policies

St. Thomas More School lunch program follows the current Nutritional Standards set by the USDA, serving more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milks, reduced levels of sodium, saturated fats and no trans-fats, while staying within their caloric requirements.
 
The St. Thomas More School Café is on the Offer-vs-Serve Program under the USDA Child Nutrition Program. More specifically, the Café chooses the Offer side of the program.  According to the Offer guidelines, students may decline up to 2 of the 5 required food groups offered in the reimbursable lunch.  We regularly encourage students to take all daily options, however, a fruit or a vegetable must be served according to the new USDA guidelines.
 
Each student has his/her own account which is tied to their enrollment and other school-related information in the FACTS student management system.  St. Thomas More's lunch program is a cash-less program; parents do not have to pre-fund their student's account.  All items purchased throughout a given week in the Café will be compiled onto an invoice weekly and emailed to the parent/guardian for payment remittance.
 
The complete Café menu will be published in each Barrister.  Access to the monthly menu is available on the Parent's website, FACTS Family Portal, under Resource Documents.  Hard copies of the menu are available in the school office.
 
 

Pricing and Payments

Lunch Prices for 2021: Students-$3.25, Reduced Price-$.40, Adults-$4.50 
 
Two varieties of milk will be offered in addition to water: 1% white, 1% chocolate and 8oz bottle of water.  Price for all milk varieties is $.70/half pint. The meal price includes milk or water and is a “unit” price, meaning the price cannot be lowered because a student does not take milk or a food item. An 8 oz. water bottle is an extra $.60 and if not purchased as part of a reimbursable lunch or an extra is needed in addition to the one included with lunch. 
 
A la carte options and prices are listed in the FACTS Family Portal under STUDENT-LUNCH.  Salads must be ordered in the morning with the daily lunch count either in advance or with your student's teacher.  (milk is NOT included with the salad and is considered an additional a la carte purchase.)
 
Students who are interested in adding an extra entrée item (e.g boneless wings or pulled pork sandwich) to their lunch are asked to order extras with the morning lunch count via their teacher. A la carte yogurt tubes, string cheese, milk and 8 oz. water bottles are available for purchase to all students.  Complete and current pricing is available in the FACTS Family Portal.
 
Parents are encouraged to discuss expectations and set appropriate limits with their students in advance for spending while they are in the Café. 
 
Full Nondiscrimination Statement
All publications and handouts mentioning USDA Child Nutrition Programs must contain the following full 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 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: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.