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Text: “food” or “comida” to 877-877
Call: 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 211
This Year in Food Service
During the 2020-21 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:
Menus are updated monthly. Lunch items are subject to change.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
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
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.
mySchoolBucks Online Meal Account System
Schoharie’s Food Services Department provides parents and guardians with a convenient and secure online payment service called mySchoolBucks.com.
This website will allows parents and guardians to deposit money directly into a child’s school meal account and view balance/purchase information for the past 90 days. Having money in a child’s account prior to his or her entering the cafeteria allows lunch lines to move along much faster and gives children more time to eat and be with friends.
Parents/guardians may access may access mySchoolBucks.com to create and then add money to their child’s school meal account.
All that’s needed is the child’s name, school, and student ID number. Visit the mySchoolBucks instruction webpage or contact the Food Services office for assistance at (518) 295-6618.
Parents and guardians also should know:
- If you have more than one child in the district, you can handle all online prepayments from the same online account.
- Payments may be made with a Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit or debit card. You may also make a payment using an e-check.
- To use the online prepayment service, a convenience fee of $2.29 per deposit transaction will be assessed to cover bank fees. Parents placing money into multiple meal accounts will only be assessed the $2.29 fee once per deposit transaction.
- You may fund up to $120 per child, but a family may pay for all of their children on a single transaction.
- Schoharie Central School District does not profit from the use of this site.
- Parents and guardians who choose not to take advantage of the online payment service may continue to make advance payments via check made payable to Schoharie Central School Lunch Fund. Please remember to write your child’s full name on the check.
NUTRIkids POS System is Convenient, Confidential, Health-Promoting
Schoharie Central School District participates in NUTRIkids, an online, point-of-sale (POS) meal payment system that is used in conjunction with mySchoolBucks. NUTRIkids provides convenience and promotes healthy eating by offering features such as individual student ID numbers, personal meal accounts, food allergy information, confidentiality and ability for parents to easily deposit money into their children’s account.
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.
Meal Charging Policy
- Students may charge up to five reimbursable meals (that are available to all students), and will not be permitted to exceed this limit until the outstanding charges are paid in full.
- If a student’s prepaid meal card or account has been exhausted, he or she will be given a grace period where no more than five reimbursable meals (that are available to all students) may be charged, to allow time for the meal card or account to be replenished.
- The only item permitted to be charged is a complete meal. A la carte items such as milk, snacks or ice cream may not be charged.
- The district’s point-of-sale system will track all charges and payments.
- If a student comes to school without a lunch, and has exceeded the maximum reimbursable-meal limit, the district will provide a reimbursable meal (that is available to all students) so that he or she does not go hungry that day.
- As appropriate, District administration may contact Social Services to report a student’s consistent failure to arrive at school with a meal.
Unpaid meal charges will be addressed directly with the student’s parent or guardian who is responsible for providing funds for meal purchases; discreet notifications of exhausted or deficit balances will be sent at appropriate intervals during the school year.
The notification may include a repayment schedule, but will not charge any interest or fees related to meals charged during the grace period. District administration will further consider the benefits of attempted collections and the costs that would be expended in collection attempts.
Adults must pay for their meals at the time of service or set up prepaid accounts. We encourage you to communicate with our Food Services director with any questions or concerns you have regarding our meal charging policy.
School Lunch/Breakfast Account Status Receipts
With the launch of the Point of Sale (POS) cash register system, Schoharie began printing a cash register receipt for students who are putting money in their account and for students having debits or a negative account balance.
The receipts are given to students when the transaction is made and contain the account balance. If the receipt has “Balance CR,” that means credit, and the student has a positive balance in their account, if the receipt has “Balance DB,” that means debit, and the student has a negative balance (or “charges) on their account.
Parents should contact the food services manager if they see any discrepancies with the reported balance, or wish to check on an account balance. The POS system maintains a transaction report for each student, and this report can be provided to parents if there are any questions regarding a student’s account.
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) available online or 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 one of three ways:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
This institution is an equal opportunity provider