Parent Teacher Magazine Cabarrus County School Sept/Oct 2015 - Page 14

School Nutrition Program 2015-2016 Breakfast The School Nutrition Program offers a complete breakfast which includes a grain and/or protein, milk, juice and ½ cup fruit. A Child can refuse one of these components but must take a fruit or juice and it will remain a qualifying USDA breakfast; however, the cost will be the same. If a Child chooses individual items, there will be an a la carte charge. Regular Lunch A USDA qualifying lunch includes items from each of the 5 food groups: Protein, Grain, Vegetable, Fruit and Milk. Children must take 3 of the 5 food groups and 1 of those chosen foods much be a ½ cup fruit or vegetable choice to be a complete USDA qualifying meal. If a child chooses only 3 or 4 of the required food groups, there is no change in cost. Please note at times 1 to 2 food groups (components) are combined in one food item. Children cannot substitute one food group for another. Salad Bars are offered at all grade levels daily. For high school and middle school we offer a “Quick Bite” and “Healthy Cart” meal option which are also a USDA qualifying meal. Diet Order Cabarrus County Schools School Nutrition will provide food substitutions for any child who qualifies as “disabled” under ADA, Section 504, or IDEA. If your child has an IEP, or Medical Care Plan from the Exceptional Child Division that includes feeding modifications or alternatives, this document will be followed by Child Nutrition. Children that require meal substitutions must have an up-to-date Diet Order completed and signed by a licensed physician on file at the school and CNP Office. A new Diet Order needs to be completed and filed with the school after July 1st of each school year or within thirty (30) days of enrollment. Services may be discontinued without a new Diet Order after this date. A letter describing the limitation of Diet Orders and the Diet Order form can be obtained through the school nurse. FREE AND REDUCED MEAL PRICE APPLICATION – NOW ONLINE We will no longer mail paper applications. We have a link to a secure website: www.LunchApplication.com. This link is also available on the Child Nutrition web page. These applications will be processed daily. A small amount of paper applications will be available August 1, 2015 at the school sites. The benefit for free or reduced meal prices does not begin until the application has been processed. All meals must be paid for until the application has been processed and approved. This can take up to 10 days. If you have not received notification after 12 days, please call the School Nutrition office at 704-784-5136 to check the status of your application. A child may eat at the previous year’s benefit for the first 30 days of the school year. Free and Reduced meal applications are available throughout the school year. CAFETERI