711 School Food Services

711.1 School Food Program

The school district will operate a school nutrition program in each attendance center. The school nutrition program will include meals, through participation in the National School Lunch Program. Students may bring their lunches from home and purchase beverages and other incidental items.

 

School nutrition program facilities are provided to serve students and employees when school is in session and during school-related activities. Facilities may also be used under the supervision of the director of food service to employee groups, parent-teacher meetings, civic organizations meeting for the purpose of better understanding the schools, and senior citizens in accordance with law and board policy.

 

The school nutrition program is operated on a nonprofit basis. The revenues of the school nutrition program will be used only for the operation or improvement of such programs. Supplies of the school nutrition program shall only be used for the nutrition program.

 

The board will set, and annually review, the prices for school nutrition programs. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation regarding the prices of school programs, in accordance with federal and state law.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the director of food service to administer the program and to cooperate with the superintendent and appropriate personnel for the proper functioning of the nutrition program.

 

 

Legal Reference:               42 U.S.C.S §§ 1751 et. seq.

                                           7 C.F.R. §§ 210 et. seq.

                                           Iowa Code § 283A.

                                           281 I.A.C. 58.

 

Approved   03/25/91       Reviewed 09/18/2017     Revised 09/18/2017

711.2 Free or Reduced Price Meals Eligibility

Students enrolled and attending school in the school district, who meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) eligibility guidelines, will be provided the school nutrition program services at no cost or at a reduced price. The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced price meals.

 

The district shall annually notify all families of the availability, eligibility criteria, and application procedures for free or reduced price meals in accordance with state and federal law.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the district’s designee to determine the eligibility of students for free or reduced price school nutrition programs, in accordance with criteria established by state and federal law.  If school personnel have knowledge of a student who is in need of free or reduced-price meals, school personnel shall contact the building secretary.

 

Employees, students not qualified for free meals, and others will be required to pay for meals consumed.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for implementing this policy.

 

 

Legal Reference:               42 U.S.C.S §§ 1751 et. seq.

                                           7 C.F.R. §§ 210 et. seq.

                                           Iowa Code § 283A.

                                           281 I.A.C. 58.

 

Approved   03/25/91       Reviewed 09/18/2017     Revised 09/18/2017

711.3 Vending Machines

Food served or purchased by students during the school day, other than special circumstances, shall be approved by the superintendent. Vending machines in the school building shall be the responsibility of the building administrator. Purchases from the vending machines will reflect guidelines in the wellness policy (507.10).

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for the use of vending machines and other sales of food to students.

 

 

Legal Reference:               42 U.S.C.S §§ 1751 et. seq. (1988).

                                           7 C.F.R. Pt. 210 et. seq. (1993).

                                           Iowa Code §§ 283A.

                                           281 I.A.C. 58.

 

Approved   03/25/91       Reviewed 09/18/2017     Revised 09/18/2017

711.5 Meal Charges

In accordance with state and federal law, the PCM Community School District adopts the following policy to ensure school district employees, families, and students have a shared understanding of expectations regarding meal charges. The policy seeks to allow students to receive the nutrition they need to stay focused during the school day, prevent the overt identification of students with insufficient funds to pay for school meals, and maintain the financial integrity of the nonprofit school nutrition program. 

 

Elementary (K-5th grades) Procedure:

  1. Daily balance notification sent home with students when his/her account is $5.00 or below.
  2. Phone call made to parents/guardians by building secretary one time per week at -$15.00 or below.
  3. If no response at -$25.00, building principal contacts parents/guardians and makes arrangements for lunch. Suggestions include cold lunch from home or pay cash in the office.

 

Middle School & High School (6th-12th grades) Procedure:

  1. $7.00 balance or below, cashier verbalizes balance to the student.
  2. $0.00 balance or below, students will not be allowed to charge extra entrée, extra milk or a la carte.
  3. $0.00 balance to -$10.00, students will be allowed to charge one meal per day (approximately 4 meals).
  4. At -$10.00 or below, students may pay cash or bring a cold lunch from home until funds are deposited into the student’s account.

 

Money must be available in a student’s account in order for extra meals, extra milks or a la carte to be purchased. This applies to all students, including students from families participating in the free and reduced meal program.

 

Students who qualify for free meals shall never be denied a reimbursable meal, even if they have accrued a negative balance from previous purchases. Students with outstanding meal charge debt shall be allowed to purchase a meal if the student pays for the meal when it is received.

 

Staff

Employees are expected to pay for all meals in a timely manner. At -$10.00 or below, employees may pay cash in the office or online. Negative balances must be paid at the end of the school year.

 

Notifications

For parents/guardians providing an email address, an email will be sent from the school district notifying parents/guardians of their student(s) low balance ($6.00 or below) and negative balance (below $0.00) on a daily basis until funds are deposited into the student’s account. Parents/guardians may pay online using the using the district’s online payment system or cash/check to the building office.

 

Negative Account Balances

Negative student balances will be carried over to the following school year. These negative balances must be taken care of prior to the start of the school year as a part of the school registration process. Parents/guardians with negative student accounts will be asked to send lunch from home until negative balances have been paid or a payment schedule has been arranged.

 

A Free and Reduced Price Meals application is available to parents/guardians if, at any time, a parent/guardian believes they may qualify for free or reduced lunches under the federal guidelines. Parents/guardians may contact the building secretary or the school business office for further assistance.

 

The school district and the nutrition service department reserve the right to take any other reasonable action, including legal action, to collect the balance due in any student’s account. At -$50.00, accounts may be forwarded on to a collection service for recovery.

 

Communication of the Policy

The policy and supporting information regarding meal charges shall be provided in writing to:

  • All households at or before the start of each school year;
  • Students and families who transfer into the district, at time of transfer; and
  • All staff responsible for enforcing any aspect of the policy.

 

Records of how and when the policy and supporting information was communicated to households and staff will be retained.

 

The superintendent may develop an administrative process to implement this policy.

 

Legal Reference:        42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq.

                                    7 C.F.R. §§ 210 et seq.

U.S. Dep’t of Agric., SP 46-2016, Unpaid Meal Charges: Local Meal Charge Policies (2016).

U.S. Dep’t of Agric., SP 47-2016, Unpaid Meal Charges: Clarification on Collection of Delinquent Meal Payments (2016).

U.S. Dep’t of Agric., SP 57-2016, Unpaid Meal Charges: Guidance and Q&A (2016).

                                    Iowa Code 283A.

                                    281 I.A.C. 58.

                                   

Approved 05/15/2017              Reviewed 07/17/2017             Revised 07/17/2017