The School Nutrition Program offers nutritious breakfasts and lunches each day throughout the school year. School meals provide nourishment that is important to children's growth, academic achievement and physical performance. School meals are planned around Nutrition Standards as set forth by law and the United States Department of Agriculture and follow Meal Patterns for minimum portions and nutritional values.
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NUTRITION STANDARDS The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets regulations which govern the operation of the School Nutrition Program and establishes nutrition standards for the meals that are served. The nutrition standards require that lunches provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium as well as one-third of the child's recommended energy needs. School breakfasts are planned to provide one-fourth of a child's daily nutritional needs. School meals must also meet nutrition standards as outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
MEAL PATTERNS (Meal component/Minimum quantities)
Milk - 8 ounces
Fruit or vegetable juice - ½ cup
Grains/breads - 1 serving
Meat/meat alternate - 1 ounce
School Lunch (see note below)
Milk - 8 ounces
Meat/meat alternate - 1 - 2 ounces
Fruits - ½ - 1 cup per day
Vegetables- 3/4 - 1 cup per day
Grains/breads - 1-2 servings per day or 8-12 per week
Note: The smaller portions listed under school lunch items are the minimum portions required for elementary and middle school students. The larger portions listed are the minimum portions required for high school students.
PARTICIPATION AND COST DATA Participation in the School Lunch Program has averaged 80% or better for the last five school years. Meal prices are kept as low as possible to encourage students to participate in the school breakfast and lunch programs, and the focus continues to be on providing nutritious meals for students although milk and juice may be purchased individually. The Thomasville City Board of Education has taken advantage of a new program offered for our students called the Community Eligibility Option. Under this program all students in the Thomasville City Schools, with the exception of Jerger Elementary students, will be provided meals during the school day at no charge. This option covers one breakfast and one lunch each school day. Parents will not need to complete a Family Meal Application for this program. Jerger Elementary students may qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits by completing a current year Family Meal Application.
All students will still have an individual cafeteria account and enter their student ID number anytime they eat a meal at the school. Students may purchase a second meal at the standard price listed below for an adult or a visitor meal or purchase extra items from their cafeteria account balance. Money can be applied to student accounts by sending money with the student or thru the on-line program of PAYPAMS.com. Parents/guardians may view their child/children’s cafeteria balance once parents/guardians have established a Parent Registration thru PAYPAMS.com. If parents need assistance with PAYPAMS call Denise Wagner at (229)225-2600.
Meal Prices for Second Student Meals, Adults and Visitors at all Schools:
Dine-in $1.75 $3.00
Take-out $2.25 $3.50
Meal Prices for Jerger Elementary and Scholars Academy High School
Regular Price Student $.50
Regular Price Student $1.25
USDA reimburses schools for each meal served to students. The amount of reimbursement depends on whether the student received the meal free, at a reduced price or paid the regular price for it. Eligibility to receive meals free or at a reduced price is based on the completion of a submitted Meal Application. The money schools receive from students who pay the full price or a reduced price is also used to operate the school nutrition program.
USDA DONATED COMMODITIES
USDA donates quality foods to schools to help keep food costs down and the price charged students low. Donated foods make up about 10 to 15 percent of the foods used to prepare school lunch. In keeping with the Dietary Guidelines, specifications for many donated foods have been changed to lower fat, sugar and sodium. Foods provided to schools include low-fat beef patties, low-fat turkey ham, chicken and turkey, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, water-packed canned fruits, dried beans, potatoes and tomato products, reduced- fat cheddar and mozzarella cheese, nonfat dry milk, cornmeal, flour, rice, oats, pasta, peanuts and peanut butter, and reduced-fat vegetable oil.
ANNUAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT INSPECTION
All school kitchen facilities are inspected semi-annually by the local Health Department Inspectors. Each school has maintained a current grade of "A," with a current score of 90-100. Health inspection reports are posted in each individual cafeteria for public viewing.
The Thomasville City Schools Nutrition Program is dedicated to serving all students nutritious, safe and customer acceptable meals in support of academic achievement.