The Seabrook School Cafeteria supplies a healthy lunch for your child every day, including Early Release Days. We offer a nutritionally balanced meal arid salad bar. Lunch costs $1.70 each day. You may pay for lunch daily, but it is recommended to pay by the week or even the month. ·Milk is always available for those who prefer to bring a bag lunch. Milk cost is $0.35. The “Grab ‘N Go” breakfast is available each morning for only $0.80. Students who choose to purchase breakfast will get off the bus, pick up their “Grab ‘N Go” and bring it to homeroom, before school starts. This is a great opportunity for those children who rush off to school without a chance to eat breakfast.
SCHOOL LUNCH CHARGING PROCEDURES
The policy and these procedures apply to all paying students whether they are paying full price or reduced price.
Only regular meals may be charged, that is, only what is on the menu. No snacks or a la carte items may be charged.
Parents/guardians shall be notified when their child’s balance is at zero. In no case, shall a student be permitted to charge more than twenty dollars ($20.00) to his/her account. Once the $20.00 limit is reached, the student will not be allowed further charges until the balance is paid in full. However, an alternative lunch (sandwich with fruit and milk) will be offered with the cost (50 cents) borne by the district. After 5 days of an alternate lunch, school personnel may be asked to intercede on behalf of a child whose parent/guardian does not provide a cold or school lunch on a regular basis.
In no case, shall a staff member be permitted to charge more than twenty dollars ($20.00) to his/her account. Once the limit is reached, the staff member will no longer be able to charge until the balance is paid in full. All staff accounts must be paid in full at the end of the school year. Students/staff will not be allowed to charge food purchases the last five (5) days of school.
The District will attempt to collect (including any fees) checks returned for insufficient funds. Following receipt of two insufficient fund checks written from the same checking account, only cash or a cashier’s check will be accepted for future lunch account deposits by the student or staff member for the current school year.
The District does not allow the delivery of food or beverages from outside vendors or fast food establishments for a student’s breakfast or lunch meal. All meals are to be provided by the School District’s Food Service Program or a prepared meal from home may be sent with your student.
Parents/guardians who claim that the financial conditions of their families are such that they cannot afford to pay for the cost of their children’s meals shall be invited to make application for free or reduced meals in accordance with federal regulations.
Meals Family Application. Free and reduced lunches are based on the number of household members and household income. Please feel free to contact Chef Kimberly Adkins, Food Service Director at 474-9221, if you have any questions or need assistance in completing this application. Please be assured that information shared is in complete confidentiality.
Importance of School Meals
Studies show that children do better in school when they eat healthy food and get regular exercise. Better grades lead to more chances of success. A recent study showed that students with the highest fitness scores also had the highest test scores. Being fit is a smart choice. Children who eat breakfast and lunch at school get up to 60 percent of their daily nutritional need.
History of School Lunch
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in more than 99,800 public and non-profit private schools across the nation. The program was started in 1946 as a national reaction to the nutritional status of new recruits for the armed services. Since then the National Program has undergone several changes in regulations including nutrition, bookkeeping, sanitation, and the types of equipment used in the kitchens.
At Seabrook, we continue to work with these regulations to meet the National and local goals. Nutrition, value and variety are three words that describe the breakfast and lunch fare offered at our schools. Breakfast and lunch are offered daily on every campus to all students. The Seabrook School food service department takes pride in providing nearly 120,000 meals to our students each year. We offer a variety of choices that include many fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grain breads, rolls and pasta items.
School lunches must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of calories come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories. School lunches must meet federal nutrition requirements, but decisions about the specific foods to serve and their preparation are made locally.
Three Steps to Take Today!
1) Make the switch!
Trade TV and computer time with a walk around the block or an active game and a healthy family meal. Simply flip the switch off for a while every day to make big changes.
2) Get Colorful!
Brighten up your day by choosing from a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Try red, blue, green, purple, orange and yellow choices. Studies show these choices, as well as white fruits and vegetables, help fight diseases.
3) Take the challenge!
Who eats healthier or exercises more-children or adults? Try keeping track at your house to see who eats healthier and exercises more. Keep a log of what is eaten and how much each family member exercises.
Everyone Plays a Part!
Adults can help children develop healthy eating and exercise habits by setting an example. Be a role model by making simple changes.
Did you know?
-One of the most nutrient-rich foods available in schools is milk. It has nine essential nutrients, including important nutrients that are often lacking in children’s diets
The 9 Essential Nutrients
● Vitamin D
● Vitamin A
● Vitamin B12
-Studies show children ages 5-12 need 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems, hyperactivity, or problems learning in school.
-Physical activity can give your children more energy. If they run and play when they get home from school, they will then sleep better and have more overall energy.
Non Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.