Board Policy 3700

Food Services

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    Lunch Program

    Good nutrition shall be promoted in the District's meal programs and in other food and beverages that are sold to students during the school day. The Superintendent shall manage a food service program that complies with this policy and is in alignment with School Board policy 6130, Wellness. The type and amounts of food and beverages sold to students before school and during the regular school day in any school that participates in the School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program shall comply with any applicable mandates in the Illinois State Board of Education's School Food Service rule and the federal rules implementing the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act. Schools being reimbursed for meals under these laws are participating schools.

     

    The food service program in participating schools shall comply with the nutrition standards specified in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Smart Snacks rules when it offers competitive foods to students on the school campus during the school day. Competitive foods are all food and beverages that are offered by any person, organization or entity for sale to students on the school campus during the school day that are not reimbursed under programs authorized by federal law.

     

    The food service programs in participating schools shall also comply with any applicable mandates in the Illinois State Board of Education’s School Food Service rules implementing these federal laws and the Ill. School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act.

     

    All revenue from the sale of any food or beverages sold in competition with the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program to students in food service areas during the meal period shall accrue to the nonprofit school lunch program account.

     

    Free and Reduced-Price Procedures

     

    Notice

    The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for notifying District parents of eligibility criteria for free and reduced-price food services and for implementing the District’s free and reduced-price food services policy and all applicable programs.

     

    Eligibility Criteria and Selection of Children

    A student’s eligibility for free and reduced-price food services shall be determined by the income eligibility guidelines, family-size income standards, set annually by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and distributed by the Illinois State Board of Education.

     

    Notification

    At the beginning of each school year, by letter, the District shall notify students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of (1) eligibility requirements for free and reduced-price food service, (2) its application process; (3) the name and telephone number of a contact person for the program; and (4) other information required by federal law. The Superintendent shall provide the same information to: (1) informational media, the local unemployment office, and any major area employers contemplating layoffs; and (2) the District's website (if applicable), all school newsletters, or students' registration materials. Parent(s)/guardian(s) enrolling a child in the District for the first time, any time during the school year, shall receive the eligibility information.

     

    Non-Discrimination Assurance

    The District shall avoid publicly identifying students receiving free or reduced-price meals.

     

    Appeal From a Decision

    A family may appeal the District’s decision to deny an application for free and reduced-price food services or to terminate such services as outlined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 7 C.F.R. Part 245.7, Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools. The Superintendent shall establish a hearing procedure for adverse eligibility decisions and provide by mail a copy of them to the family. The District may also use these procedures to challenge a child's continued eligibility for free or reduced-price meals or milk.

     

    During an appeal, students previously receiving food service benefits shall not have their benefits terminated. Students which were denied benefits shall not receive benefits during the appeal.

     

    The Superintendent or designee shall keep on file for a period of three (3) years a record of any appeals made and the hearing record. The District shall also maintain accurate and complete records showing the data and method used to determine the number of eligible students served free and reduced-price food services. These records shall be maintained for three (3) years.