O.S.S.U. School Nutrition Program
School meals have become increasingly healthy, and now include a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and multiple sources of protein. In 2010, Congress passed a series of major changes to both the content of school meals and the way school meal programs are run. Some of these changes have gone into effect, and others are still in the process of being implemented. These stronger nutritional requirements include:
- Weekly minimum and maximum calorie ranges are set for each school meal program menu depending on grade level.
- Less than 10% of the total calories in any weekly school meal program menu may be from saturated fats.
- No trans fats are permitted in school meals.
- Limits on the number of grain-based desserts that may be served in a week.
- Sodium levels must be decreased gradually between 2014 and 2022.
In addition to meeting these guidelines, school meal programs must offer students selections from at least four different food groups at every breakfast, and selections from five different food groups at every lunch. In order for the school to receive reimbursement for the meals from USDA, students need to choose at least a minimum number of the offered foods, including at least one fruit and/or vegetable at every meal.
What has become known as “processed foods” are increasingly being prepared with healthier ingredients, as well as less fat, sodium and sugar. Our pizzas are made with whole grain crust, low fat cheese and low sodium sauce. Chicken strips/nuggets are made with whole grain breading; Fries are trans fat free, we offer sweet potato fries and roasted root vegetable which are all baked. Never Fried!
Many of our meals are made from scratch and when available, local farm fresh products (LFFP). We have teamed with Randolph Technical Career Center, Agricultural Technology Program in planting, growing, and harvesting vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and bok choy. Environmental Recourses at RTCC provides us with over 100 gals of maple syrup every spring. We also work with the Culinary Arts program.
Menus are published on our web-site at http://orangesouthwest.org/school-nutrition-program and in the Herald of Randolph newspaper.
Free and reduced priced meals are available for students whose families meet the federal income guidelines. Applications for eligibility are available in the office and you may apply anytime. Many federal funds are distributed to schools based on the number of students eligible for free/reduced price meals, so we encourage parents to review the income guidelines and apply if they believe their children may be eligible.
Student accounts are established in our Point of Sale (POS) computer system. The POS system increases speed and gives accurate account balances when your child goes through the serving line. All students have a Personal Identification Numbers (PIN), which is used to purchase meals in the serving line. Students can access their account by entering their PIN at any time.
We have a NO CHARGE policy on meals and Ala-carte items. Think of it as if you go to the grocery store or a restaurant you must have money to purchase. This is the same philosophy for families that pay full price for meals. There are several ways you can pay for meals. Send a check in with your child and have them deliver it to the Café, mail a check to 15 Forest Street, Attention Food Service or pay on-line with myschoolbucks.com
mySchoolBucks.comTM is an on-line system that will allow you to make deposits into your student’s school meal accounts.
Simply visit http://www.mySchoolBucks.com and register using the "REGISTER FOR A FREE ACCOUNT" link on the upper right side of the page. A confirmation email will be sent to the address you provide… simply follow the link included in that email and your registration will be complete.
Unpaid meal places a financial strain on our program and reduces our revenue that affects the ability to pay bills. Our revenue is generated by student and adult sales along with federal reimbursements based on the number of meals we serve only! It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that their child’s account remains at a positive balance at all times.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Karen Russo
At 802.728.3397 ex. 109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org