Rhea County Schools continue Free Nutrition Program

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Rhea County High School.(photo submitted)

The Rhea County School Nutrition Program is pleased to announce that breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students at no cost once again for the 2019-20 school year. Meals provided at no cost are possible because of the Community Eligibility Provision. Please take advantage of this incredible opportunity for your child to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch each and every day.

The breakfast meal consists of a choice of the following Items daily: Grain, Grain or Meat, Fruit and/or Juice, Milk. Students must select at least three items from the four items for breakfast and one item must be one-half cup fruit or juice.

The lunch meal consists of a choice of the following components daily: Meat/Meat Alternate, Vegetable, Fruit or Juice, Grain, Milk. Students must select at least three items from the five components for lunch and at least one item must be one-half cup of fruit or one-half cup vegetable. The required number of items must be selected for breakfast and lunch or students will be charged a la carte prices for each individual item. And remember even if your child brings a lunch from home and wants to purchase a milk, have them pick up two other items (such as a fruit and vegetable) and there will be no charge.

In addition to healthy meals students will also have the opportunity to purchase a variety of snacks and beverages that comply with the “Smart Snacks Sold in Schools” regulation. Please note that snack items, beverages, extra items that are part of the meal must be purchased and no charges will be allowed. Students have the option of paying for snacks as they come thru the serving line or paying in advance by depositing money into a general account. Parents also have the option to pay for snacks on-line.

For more detailed information please visit www.schoolcafe.com.

No money will be collected in the homerooms so parents are encouraged to pay in advance or on-line. This also avoids students needing to keep up with cash on a daily basis. All money in a student’s account at the end of the year will be carried over into the next year unless parents request a refund. Refunds must be requested by contacting the school cafeteria manager or the School Nutrition Office at 775-7814.

Graduating students as well as students transferring out of the Rhea County School system have the option of transferring their account balance to another student’s account or requesting a refund.

All refund requests must be made by May 22, 2020. All students will be issued a personal identification number (PIN) and will be required to enter this number when they receive a meal or purchase snacks. Checks will only be accepted with a valid phone number and there is a $30.00 returned check fee in addition to any fees your bank may charge. Please see additional handout or August menu for detailed information on our returned check policy.

The Rhea County School system is concerned about the health and wellness of our students. Please view the complete Rhea County Wellness Policy, Procedures, and Assessment on the web at www.rheacounty.org. You may also find tips for healthy life styles on our menu and school website. Also if you would like the opportunity to participate in the development, implementation or periodic review of the Rhea County School Wellness policy please notify Sally Lane at 775-7814 or lanes@rheacounty.org or Christy Hennessee at 365-9306 or hennesseec@rheacounty.org. Should a child need a special diet, particularly one prescribed by a licensed medical authority, contact the office of School Nutrition as soon as possible at 775-7814.

Rhea County Schools are excited to be able to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision program once again. This is evaluated each year. It is very important for all of our students to participate by eating breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria in order for this program to continue in future years. Please encourage your children to eat with us. We serve a variety of healthy foods to fuel hungry minds.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) Should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D. C. 20250-9410

2. Fax: (202) 690-7442

or

3. Email: Program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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