Parent Info

2016-17 School Year

Dear Parents:

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! The Diocese of Baton Rouge Child Nutrition Program staff is looking forward to serving your children nutritious, great-tasting meals that support their achievements in school and promote healthy lifestyles. Healthy for Life is our commitment to create healthier environments and communities, by providing comprehensive nutrition and wellness education. This year we will continue to expand the program with more freshly prepared meals to better serve our students and their families; and this year as part of this expansion, we have updated the program design to better reflect the sophisticated tastes of today's students.

For your students, we offer a variety of meal choices with one goal in mind: to provide outstanding service and high quality "child-friendly" meals that meet or exceed the latest federal and state requirements.  Our School menus are designed to ensure that students receive a balanced meal, consisting of foods from all major food groups in the right proportions to meet calorie and other nutrient needs. The products and the cooking methods we use conserve food quality and nutrients, while limiting the addition of fats.  So although you may see popular items like pizza and chicken smackers on our menus, be assured that your child's school meal selections contain healthy grains and are lower in fat and salt than what you find in grocery stores or restaurants. We will also be offering some different foods that your child may not have tried before: Asian chicken, Fresh Fried Louisiana Catfish, Lasagna, Roasted Chicken, and Gumbo, just to name a few; so please encourage your child to taste these items. They just might become a new favorite!  Also, we invite you to have lunch with your child so you can try these tasty new menu items too.

•  Many of the bread and grain products served for breakfast and lunch will be freshly made, ensuring plenty of fiber and other essential nutrients.  Added trans fats have been eliminated from all foods; and menus are planned to limit sodium to meet the new standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for school meals.

•  The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) will continue to have age-appropriate calorie limits; offer more servings of fruits and plenty of vegetables, with a focus on nutrient-dense dark green, red/orange and legume vegetable selections; and offer a wide variety of grain and protein items.

•  The National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) will also have age-appropriate calorie limits for 3 grade groups (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12). Schools must now offer even more fruit and/or vegetables every day, and students will have to take at least ½ cup of fruit with each breakfast meal.

In addition, we are Involved in a Farm to School Program, with locally grown foods. We are reaching out to local growers to use Louisiana fruits and vegetables.

We are proud to serve your child and encourage you to support our ongoing efforts to improve student health and well-being by participating in our Child Nutrition Program. For more information about our menus and programs, please visit www.cnpbr.org and to learn more about healthy school meals visit http://www.fns.usda.gov or www.myhealthyforlife.com.

We hope that you and your child have a great year! Please feel free to call us at 225-387-6421 with any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Ms. Lynda Carville, CNP Director

 

School Meals - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I prepay for my child's breakfast, lunch and extras?

Absolutely! It will be easier for you, your child, and the cafeteria staff if you prepay for your child's meals. Our online payment system allows parents to prepay by depositing money into a child's individual account. You may pay for meals in advance by the week or month at www.myschoolbucks.com.  Register and setup an account for your child. You still have the option of sending a check or money order in an envelope to school. Please have your child’s name and grade written on the envelope and on the check.

What is the price of school meals for students?

Breakfast

 

Lunch

 

    All Students

$1.80

     Elem/Middle (PK-8)

$2.90

    Reduced Students

$0.30

     High (9-12) / Satellite

$3.10

 

 

     Reduced Students

$0.40

Can teachers or other school personnel restrict what a child selects from food offered in the cafeteria?

Decisions about selection of food are made by the student and parent within the USDA lunch program guidelines.  Restrictions by school personnel will not be made concerning such selections.

May school lunch be held or restricted as a discipline method?

The National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 prohibits school food authorities from denying a meal or milk to any eligible child as a disciplinary measure. Any instance of this activity should be immediately reported to the school Principal and Child Nutrition Director.

How do I get meal substitutions or special nutritional needs met for my child?

You may obtain a Diet Order Form for food allergies from the CNP website www.cnpbr.org or your cafeteria manager. The Diet Order Form must be completed by your child's doctor each year and returned to the school cafeteria manager.  Upon receiving the form, the cafeteria manager will consult with the Child Nutrition Director and enter the information into the child’s meal account to ensure that the diet order is fulfilled.

Who can get free or reduced price meals?

For more information on the Free and Reduced Price Meals program, please visit the Child Nutrition Program website (www.cnpbr.org Link: Parent Info).

Non-discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.

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 program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html l and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in theetter 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:

        Mail:    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil    

                    Rights, 400 Independence Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

        Fax:     (202) 690-7442

        Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

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          Online Payment System

Will be available beginning August 1, 2016!!!

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Child Nutrition Program is excited to announce our online payment system MySchoolBucks®! This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check.  

You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts for FREE!

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or with the Mobile App for your iPhone, Android or Windows phone!
  • Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the district.  Eliminate the need for your students to take money to school.
  • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments & more!
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.
  • Security – MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP.

Enrollment is easy!

1.       Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.

2.       You will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your account.

3.       Add your student(s) using:

          School District:   Diocese of Baton Rouge Child Nutrition Program

           School Name:     The Diocesan School Your Child Attends

           Student Info:      Name, DOB AND/OR Student ID # (Optional)

4.       Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check. A program fee of $2.00 will apply.  You will have the opportunity to review payment/ fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged. 

If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:

Thank you,

Lynda Carville, CNP Supervisor

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Child Nutrition Afterschool Meals (Supper) Program

The Child Nutrition Program will continue the Afterschool Meals (Supper) Program at participating schools.

The Afterschool Meals (Supper) Program is a component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that offers Federal funding to afterschool programs that serve a meal or snack to children through the age of 18.

In order to qualify, the program must provide educational or enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment. Although there are no specific requirements for the types of educational and enrichment activities that a program can offer, examples include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts, homework assistance, life skills, remedial education, organized fitness activities, etc.

All programs that participate in the afterschool supper program must report the total number of meals and snacks served to eligible children based on daily attendance rosters or sign-in sheets. These records must be kept for three years.

For more information, please click here.

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Extra Sales:

If your child participates daily or brings a bag lunch, he/she may purchase individual servings (Extra Sales) instead of, or in addition to, the meal offered as part of the National School Lunch Program; as long as your child has money in his/her meal account.

All students can purchase the following Extra Sales items:  an extra entrée, extra salad, extra vegetables, extra fruit, extra roll, extra milk, Ice cream, cookies, fruit juice, bottled water, etc.

Additional information regarding the Extra Sales program:

  • Students cannot charge Extra Sale items.
  • Additional money will need to be deposited into your child’s account (this includes students that were approved for free or reduced meals).
  • Students will be allowed to purchase Extra Sale items unless the parent submits the Extra Sales NON-PARTICIPATION FORM stating that they do not want their child/children to purchase Extra Sales.  This form must be submitted to the café manager at your child’s school by the 2nd week of August.

Please feel free to contact your café manager if you need any additional information.

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Food Allergies:

To better serve our students with special diet needs, all dietary orders will need to be renewed EACH SCHOOL YEAR. Dietary requests will be valid only for the school year in which they are written and will expire at the end of the school year. Current dietary requests will expire on the last day of school of this current school year.

If you have not submitted a form for this school year, please submit a form to your Café Manager and school nurse on a current Louisiana Special dietary order form. As with new dietary requests, signature from a physician or other recognized medical authority is required.

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Request for Refund of Meal Account Money

Student’s meal account money will be automatically carried over to the next school year.

Refund requests will be accepted during the current school year for the following reasons only:

       1)  The student is graduating from the 8th or 12th grade and is not returning to a Diocesan school.

       2)  The student is no longer enrolled at a Diocesan school.

       3)  The student's meal status has changed.

If any of the above apply to your child(ren), please complete the Request for Refund of Meal Money Form and turn it in to your child’s cafeteria manager.  

Please allow 30 days for your request to be processed.  Refunds will be made by check only.  No credit/debit cards will be credited.  Convenience fees charged for making online payments and NSF fees are non-refundable.