Food Services

This Year in Food Service

During the 2021-22 school year, Schoharie CSD will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision program, which provides no-cost meals to all students.

CEP is a federal provision that allows high-poverty schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. This option increases school meal participation by removing stigma, maximizes federal reimbursements, reduces administrative paperwork, and eliminates unpaid school meal debt. CEP schools continue to operate both the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs, and must uphold nutrition standards and meal quality, but processes and procedures for counting and claiming reimbursable meals are simplified. CEP is available to any school, group of schools or district that have 40 percent or more students directly certified for free school meals, by means other than a school meal application.

School districts that participate in the CEP program:

  • Must provide both breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost.
  • Do not track meals by fee category (i.e. free, reduced-price, paid). They simply count the total number of meals served.
  • Do not collect payment/fees from students.
  • Do not collect and verify school meal applications.

While the reduction in paperwork related to traditional free and reduced lunch forms is a clear benefit, New York State still requires CEP schools to collect alternative forms –  also referred to as CEP Household Income Eligibility Form – for other purposes, such as state education funding and Foundation Aid. Also, individual families may be eligible for certain benefits based on the data collected through these forms.

This form is available below:

CEP Household Income Form

Schoharie CEP Parent Letter

Monthly Menus

Menus are updated monthly. Lunch items are subject to change.

NEW for 2021-22 School Year – Introducing Titan

The District has discontinued the MySchoolBucks pay system and has launched a new system on a platform called Titan. Any balance you have left in the MySchoolBucks system will be transferred to Titan. There are three easy steps to starting your family Titan account.

1.    Go to the Titan Family Portal on any computer, tablet or mobile device or access Titan from the homepage of the District website: https://family.titank12.com/

2.    Create a free account using your email address and create a password.

3.    Add funds securely to student accounts.

If you experience any issues with the registration process, please contact Susan Frank, Shared Food Service Program Specialist at Capital Region BOCES at 518-464-5133 or by email at susan.frank@neric.org.

The CEP Household Income Form may also be completed online with Titan at https://family.titank12.com/income-form/new?identifier=F9ST3K

Think Breakfast!

The New York State Education Department’s New York State Child Nutrition Program offers a fun, information-filled website about breakfast and more. Visit Think Breakfast! on the web.

Healthy catering for Elementary classrooms

Schoharie’s Food Services department and our Elementary cafeteria offer a catering service to provide healthy snacks for in-classroom birthdays, holiday parties, snack time or any time. Simply download and complete the form below and return it with payment by the morning of the day of your child’s classroom event to the Elementary cafeteria. Forms are also available at the cafeteria.

Catering Order Form

USDA Summer Meals program

The USDA offers free summer meals for children age 18 and younger at locations throughout the country. To learn more, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

You may be eligible for free summer meals!

Free Summer Meals

 FREE summer meals near you!
See the following information to quickly and easily find summer meal locations near you.
Text: “food” or “comida” to 877-877
Call: 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 211

https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids

www.summermealsny.org

How Are Lunches Planned?

Schoharie Central School District plans meals according to nutrition, portion and serving guidelines that have been set by New York State and the federal government to ensure children are offered meals that provide the nutrition they need and to encourage healthy eating habits. The guidelines were established as part of the U.S. Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Schoharie works with suppliers to find foods that both meet the guidelines and are appealing to students. Food services staff also develop ideas to make eating healthy fun for students, such as a make your own pizza and veggie burritos, while meeting the guidelines.

Meal Pricing

  • Adult breakfast: $2.45
  • Adult lunch: $4.10

Meal portions and pricing

Meal prices are determined in part by portion sizes and numbers of servings for each age group. According to New York State guidelines, Schoharie plans lunch sizes and total weekly portions for students in three categories: Kindergarten-grade 6, grades 7 and 8, and grades 9-12, and breakfast sizes and portions for Kindergarten-grade 6 and grades 7-12. Meal prices are set for Kindergarten-grade 6 and grades 7-12.

Please note that student and adult lunch prices increased effective March 1, 2019 to comply with a School Lunch audit by New York State. The Board of Education approved the increase on Feb. 28, 2019.

School Lunch Audit

The New York State Comptroller’s Office audited the district’s school lunch program from July 1, 2017 to Oct. 1, 2018 and issued a formal report in April 2019. To address findings of lunch fund operating deficits, the need for cost analyses and cost savings on purchases, the report recommended, and the district agreed to, conduct cost-per-meal-equivalent or meals-per-labor analyses and ensure it gets the best prices on food and milk. The district raised meal prices in February 2019, as noted above, and will reexamine them during the summer of the 2019-20 fiscal year. The district also anticipates an increase in revenue through participation in the Farm to School program.

Schoharie CSD School Lunch Operations Audit

Persons needing assistance accessing the report or any of the documents on this website should contact the district office at (518) 295-6679.

Federally Required Daily Calorie Counts

The federal government had set the following minimum and maximum number of calories per day for students:

  • K-6: 550-650 calories per day
  • Grades 7-8: 600-700 calories per day
  • Grades 9-12: 750-850 calories per day

Snacks

As with meals, federal and state guidelines govern the ingredients, portion sizes and calorie counts for any snacks that are made available for sale to students during school hours.

School Lunch Fund

The Schoharie Central School District School Lunch Program strongly encourages parents to make payments to their child’s account by the week or month, in the form of a check if possible, as that is the easiest way to keep track of balances. Checks can be made payable to Schoharie Central School District School Lunch Fund. For elementary students please remember to put payments in an envelope labeled with the child’s full name (and names of any siblings that are to receive account payments) and teacher’s name.

Prohibition Against Meal Shaming

The goal of the Schoharie Central School is to provide student access to nutritious no- or low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a pupil whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a pupil whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees.

Child Nutrition 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: How to File a Complaint, 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.
 
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