The very heart of what we do each day is Service. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve your families' school meal needs and strive to serve delicious, well balanced meals in a safe, cheerful and caring atmosphere.
Following is a description of how our program runs:
*Every student has a food service account upon enrollment even if they do not purchase school meals. Their account number is their School Student ID number.
*Free or Reduced-priced meals are available for those who qualify based upon income guidelines set by the Federal Government. Applications can be filled out online or by smartphone at www.lunchapp.com. This is the fastest and simplest way to fill out the form, and it is submitted to our office instantly. Paper applications are available in the school office or food service office. All applications are confidential.
*Remember that you may have applied for free or reduced price meals and have a pending application but you must pay for all school meals until you receive an Approval Letter.
*You must fill out a new application each year. If you do not submit a new form by September 30, 2014, your child will automatically be charged the full price for a meal beginning on October 1, 2014. You will be responsible for the charges incurred because of the late submission. If you receive a letter in the mail in August informing you that you qualify for free meals from Kent City Nutrition Services, you will not need to fill out an application.
*The Preferred method to make a deposit to your child's meal account is online at www.sendmoneytoschool.com. This program allows parents to check their student's lunch account balance, add money to the account by using debit or credit card or view a history of what food their child is purchasing each day. You will need your child's Student ID number. If you do not have your child's Student ID number the office can provide it for you.
* Parents are responsible for making sure their children have money on their account or cash in the line to purchase meals! Please note our School Meals Charging Policy.
*Operating under the guidelines of the USDA National School Lunch Program the requirement for a Lunch consists of: Fruit, Vegetable including weekly requirements of more dark green, red/orange vegetables and legumes, Whole grains for all breads, pasta and crackers, Protein and reduced and low fat Milk. Students must take fruit or vegetables with their meal in order to qualify for meal pricing. If they do not choose a fruit or vegetable they will be charged a higher price. We offer a vegetable and fruit bar at all three buildings that offer a variety of daily choices, our goal is to always have a choice your child will like and eat.
* New this school year for all Ala Carte and Bake Sale items: All items sold or given away as rewards must comply with the New-Smart Snacks in School-Federal Guidelines for whole grain, calories, fat and sodium. See Smart Snacks in School link.
Medical disability forms for meal substitutions or replacement are required to be filled out and signed by a Physician each school year. Please see the link for a form or copies are available in the Nutrition Services Office.
If you would like to join our School Wellness Committee please contact Beth Ohman.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. We truly appreciate your business and look forward to serving your child this school year.
Beth Ohman FSS
or 616-678-4214 x 2105