You Can't Teach a Hungry Child!
The Director of Food Services & Nutrition assumes leadership in improving the nutrition program within the school system following standards developed by federal, state, and local agencies. Her office is responsible for training and supervising lunchroom personnel as they plan, prepare, and serve breakfast and lunch each school day. In addition, the director plans the menus and supervises the purchasing of all foods and food service equipment that will ensure an efficiently operating cafeteria program. All Morgan County Food Service Personnel are members of the state & national School Nutrition Association (SNA). Most personnel are SNA Certified.The director's office prepares and submits an annual budget that includes food and equipment purchases that meet or exceed local, state, and federal guidelines. This department oversees the Free & Reduced Meal Program, Summer Feeding, After-School snacks, and the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program. The school nutrition program is a federally operated program and is self-sufficient with meal prices covering the cost to operate the program.Seven schools in Morgan County have a fully functional, up-to-date cafeteria that meets the needs of students and staff for breakfast and lunch. High school students may even eat breakfast at the Morgan County Career & Technical Center. However, they are bused back to their home schools for lunch daily.Each student is assigned a PIN number and a school ID number. The PIN number identifies individual student accounts for recording cafeteria purchases and payments. Each student's eligibility status (free, reduced, or full pay) is discreetly programmed into their account. Students key in their own PIN number on numeric pads as they go through the line.Morgan County has been approved to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2017-18 school term.
The Community Eligibility Provision was enacted as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and provides universal meal service to students in selected areas. It is an alternative to collecting, approving and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible students. If at least 40 percent of a school’s student population are directly certified for free meal benefits, the entire school qualifies for the provision.
We know that well fed children are able to focus in class and ultimately perform better in school –“You cannot teach a hungry child” is the age old saying!
Because of the Community Eligibility Provision, you do not need to complete a meal application for your student. Every student will receive a breakfast and a lunch at no charge. Income eligibility does not matter.
Remember! Encourage your child to receive a breakfast and a lunch meal at no charge this year!Morgan County Schools cafeterias offer:
- Lower salt and fat recipes
- Steams vegetables (not fried)
- 100% whole wheat and grain items
- Rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables daily
- Butter replacement (no transfat items)
- Choice of chef salad
- Choice of sandwiches
- Hot entree daily
- Healthy snack program that meet the State and Federal guidelines
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, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Peggy HambyDirector of Food Service & Nutritionhambyp@mcsed.netExt. 229Jill DidenAssistantdidenj@mcsed.netExt. 231