Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

Please keep in mind you must complete a Free & Reduced Meal Application in order to qualify for school fee waivers. The application can be found in Final Forms on the USV website homepage under Registration. Paper applications are also available upon request. 

Free Breakfast and Lunch For All Students

USDA is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. What does this mean? All students in school face to face learning, as well as all students at home remote learning and ANY child in the home ages 1-18 are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. If you have a child at home and would like free lunch and breakfast or have any questions please call the Director of Food Services at the number listed to the right. Food bags with breakfast and lunch are available for pick up on Tuesdays anytime after 10:00 a.m.
We understand some families may be curious as to how school lunch will look this year or have concerns about their child eating in the cafeteria. Therefore, we would like to share with you some of the new protocols we will be implementing to ensure the safety and well-being of every student as we welcome them back to dining in the USV school cafeteria.
      - Hand sanitizer at both entries
      - All kitchen staff wear masks and single use gloves
      - Staff hand washing a minimum of every 30 minutes and as needed 
         Cashiers more often when handling money
      - All high touch surfaces cleaned and sanitized with increased frequency
      - Tables cleaned and sanitized after each group 
      - 3 - 4 students allowed inside kitchen doors at a time on each end
      - Social distancing decals on floor to make it easier for students to navigate
      - Milk, bottled water, food items and utensils wil be served by staff
      - Wrapped plasticware with straw and napkin will be used
      - All condiments, a la carte items (extras) will be available upon request
      - Keypads will be used by cashiers only
We have missed seeing your child's smiling face and cannot wait to have him/her back and to serve them once again. Welcome back! 

Lunch Charges

Charges are designed to cover a situation in which parents or students forget to provide or bring monies for lunch. Students who have forgotten or lost money may charge meals in the cafeteria. No ala-carte items are allowed to be charged. Students PreK-8 may charge up to 3 lunches, while students in grades 9-12 may charge 2 lunches. A verbal reminder is given to the student daily when his/her lunch account is low. Once your child has reached the charge limit, money must be sent in to pay the charges. An envelope or letter will be sent home with your child notifying you of the negative balance. At this point, your child will be provided an alternate meal of a peanut butter sandwich and milk until the account is paid in full. If you are experiencing financial difficulties or have any questions regarding your child's lunch account, please call 419-757-3231, ext. 1129.
Breakfast served daily FREE to all students K-12!!
We offer a variety of cereals, breakfast bars, muffins, fruit cups, juice and milk.
PLEASE encourage your child to eat breakfast at school. It's a great start to their day! 
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Pay For It Online Payment System

**Attention Parents** Thank you for using Pay For It for your students lunch account. Please be aware that payments made on this site are not immediately available in your students account. It can take up to 3 hours for funds to appear in the account. If possible, please try to make payments prior to 10 a.m. to ensure funds are available for him/her at lunch.  Thank you

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Food Allergies/Disabilities

In order to provide a safe environment for your child at school, we need a letter from your child's physician regarding his/her food disability. The letter should include the following:

*Child's allergy or food restriction
*Reaction caused by the allergy or food
*Food or foods to be omitted from the child's diet, and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted.

This letter will need to be updated and submitted each school year.

USDA regulations require substitutions or modification in school meals for children whose disabilities (or severe food allergies) restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a statement signed by a licensed physician.

When a child has submitted a physician's letter, the information is entered into the computer. This enables the Food Service Director to plan an alternative lunch for those with allergies prior to the lunch period. It also alerts cafeteria workers to the need for an alternative food or lunch.

Many of the students with food allergies pack their lunches daily to avoid the problem of a reaction; however, should your child be purchasing his/her lunch in the cafeteria it is important that we have a letter on file, notifying us of a food allergy/disability.
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Tiffany Daring
Director of Food Services
(419)757-3231 x1129 
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