School districts across the country are again being required to raise prices for students who pay full price for lunch. This does not affect students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. This change, part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010, will help to add more fresh fruits and vegetables, reduce sodium, limit the calorie content of ala carte items and make whole grains standard, which we are already doing. We hope this increase will have an immediate positive impact by allowing us to provide even healthier meals so that our student stakeholders can continue to realize the many positive educational benefits of good nutrition.
The price of student meals is lower than the adult meals because each student meal receives federal and state reimbursements as well as the value of free USDA foods. The adult meal price more accurately reflects the actual cost of the meal.
We are pleased to provide monthly newsletters as a source of nutrition education and as a way to assist schools in qualifying for the Healthy Virginians Scorecard for the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Gold Award.
Parents, did you know that any current balance on your child’s Mylunchmoney.com and/or student meal accounts will carry over into the 2012-2013 school year?
In addition, if your child moves up from elementary to middle school, middle to high school or transfers to a different school within the school district, the account balance will follow your child(ren) to their new school too!
Remember, School Nutrition Services policy states that we do not give refunds at the end of the school year. However, we will be glad to transfer any remaining funds to another student’s account within Henrico County schools.
GREAT NEWS HCPS School Nutrition Services was 1 of only 5 school districts in the U. S. who recently received the School Nutrition Association's "District of Excellence" award in 2010-2011. Thank you for your support!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Carbohydrate Counts are again added to the Lunch and Breakfast Menus!
Henrico School Nutrition Services provides the total grams of carbohydrates for each food item on the monthly lunch menu. Carbohydrate is the main nutrient in food that provides energy. One serving of a carbohydrate is 15g, according to the American Diabetes Association Carbohydrate Exchange List. Most children should eat about 45-75g of carbohydrates per meal for a balanced diet. The grams listed on the menus are based on standardized HSNS recipes and are dependent upon the portion served. All cafeteria staff is trained to follow the recipes written. Total carbohydrates grams will be continually monitored and updated by a registered dietitian.
“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 Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
“All meals served must meet patterns established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, if a child has been determined by a doctor to be handicapped and the handicap would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make substitutions prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner. If a substitution is needed, there will be no extra charge for the meal. If you have a doctor or nurse practitioners’ order requiring a food substitution because of a handicap, please get in touch with us for further information.”
Henrico County Public Schools will be the PREMIER school division in the United States.