Food Service Director: Alan Donnelly
The Allegheny Valley School District follows the guidelines of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for the state of Pennsylvania. It has been proven that eating breakfast and lunch regularly can benefit the student and the school. The student is more alert and less fatigued and has a better chance to do well in school. Therefore, breakfast is served before the beginning of each school day and lunch is served on a daily basis. In addition, the purpose of the school lunch program is to provide a well-balanced, nutritious mid-day meal. Through these experiences, students are also exposed to aspects of responsible planning and money management. Students are not dismissed for lunch period.
Nutrition in the Schools
According to the guidelines noted in the District’s Wellness Policy, parents are asked not to bring meals from fast-food establishments into the buildings. In addition, on occasions when students bring food into the buildings for classroom activities, parents should ask the teacher about food allergies for any student in the class. Parents/students are asked to pay careful attention to allergy requirements and to provide nutritious items for all students. Ideas for healthy snacks are listed in a document from the USDA.
Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications:
Now families can apply for free or reduced price school meals online through the National School Lunch Program online using the web site www.paschoolmeals.com.
Families without internet access may request Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications from any District Principal’s Office or Cafeteria. Please be prompt in completing applications. For those students who participated in the free and reduced program last year, a new application MUST be submitted for the 2017-2018 school year. If an application is not submitted to the District, the student’s status will become full price (paid) effective October 13, 2017. Parents are reminded that ONLY ONE application is necessary for families with more than one child in the District. Please contact the Food Service Department at 724-274-2105 with any questions.
Additional information on State of Pennsylvania benefits may be found at www.compass.state.pa.us. COMPASS is an online site for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs including: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – SNAP (food stamps), Medical Assistance, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Child’s Care Works Program. Please contact the Food Service Department at 724/274-2105 with any questions.
Breakfast and lunch at school offer all kids a convenient, economical, and healthy alternative for their school-day nutrition. Why not save yourself some aggravation and take advantage of this great service every day?
On-line Cafeteria Payments:
The District continues its partnership with the PayForIt program to allow parents the option to make cafeteria payments through an online account. This program is a portal through which parents can apply funds to or check the balance of their child’s cafeteria account. PayForIt.net accepts credit card prepayments 24 hours a day with an automated update to the District’s point-of-sale system. Registration and credit card information is stored privately and protected with advanced internet security. Parents will need to sign up with the company using an on-line form and validate that information. Once the fields have been completed, parents can deposit money using the Make Payment page. For additional information, please see www.PayForIt.net or contact the Food Service Department.
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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement and Complaint Procedure:
The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form found online, at any USDA office, or by calling 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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