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LUNCHROOM PROGRAM

We welcome your child to the School Nutrition Program in the Vidalia City School System. Our food service program is self-supporting, which operates from monies received through payments for meals and reimbursements from federal and state programs. Sally D. Meadows offers 2 lunch choices daily. School lunches are planned for children. Menu selections are based on the foods children prefer. New foods are introduced occasionally in order to expose children to them. Current monthly menus are sent home with students as well as posted on the school system's website.

All menus must meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements and guidelines. Our meals also meet the dietary requirements set forth in the Dietary Guidelines, as required by the Ga. Department of Education and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Students are encouraged to drink milk at school. A choice of milk is offered daily. At no time should students bring drinks into the cafeteria in glass containers. Also, no canned drinks of any type are permitted in the cafeteria. (Per SDM School Council recommendation on 10/15/02.)

Students are expected to follow the guidelines below while in the cafeteria.

  1. All lunches purchased or brought to school will be eaten in the lunchroom or designated areas.
  2. No exchanging of food / drink items is allowed per state law.
  3. One ice cream per student/per day may be purchased by those eating lunch. Students cannot purchase ice cream if charges are due. Ice cream sticks/paper need to be disposed of properly.
  4. Appropriate behavior and good manners in the lunchroom are expected. Inside voices should be used.

MEAL PRICES AND PAYMENTS

Students may pay for meals daily, weekly, monthly, or a year in advance and should report to the cafeteria to submit payment between 7:20 A.M. and until homeroom. Parents are encouraged to put all money in a sealed envelope with the child's name and the amount of money written on the outside of the envelope. Checks for meals should be made payable to Sally D. Meadows Cafeteria. A breakfast program is provided at the school between 7:20-7:45, while lunch occurs on a school-wide schedule that is developed each school year.

 

Meal prices are as follows:

Regular Price Lunch $1.40 Reduced Price Lunch $0.40

Regular Price Breakfast $0.75 Reduced Price Breakfast $0.30

Ice Cream $0.75 Extra Milk $0.50

 

FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Students who ate free or reduced meals in Vidalia City Schools System last year may eat the first 10 days at the same status. Students that do not return an application for free or reduced meals by the 11th school day will be considered full price students.

Only ONE application should be completed per FAMILY including foster children. On a family application, all students enrolled in Vidalia City Schools and all other family members should be included. Newly enrolled students will be considered full price students until a Free or Reduced application has been submitted and approved.

 

MEAL CHARGES

Only 3 meals may be charged to the School Nutrition Program. After the third charge, parents will be contacted to bring money to the school. Report cards may be held if charges are not cleared. Parents are responsible for payment of charges.

 

RETURNED CHECKS

There is a $15.00 charge payable to Vidalia City Schools' School Food Service for checks returned for insufficient funds. The parent must pay the $15.00 fee, plus the amount of the check. Parents who frequently have returned checks will be asked to pay cash.

MEAL SUBSTITUTIONS

No meal substitutions will be made without written instructions from a doctor.

CATERED FOODS

Students are prohibited from bringing catered food into the cafeteria or having it delivered on the school campus without prior approval of the principal. Sack lunches should be brought from home if a student chooses not to participate in the School Nutrition Program. Per BOE policy, sack lunches should in no way promote restaurants or fast food establishments through the use of wrappers, cups, bags, etc.

The principal at each school will designate acceptable containers or drinks brought from home. No glass container may be brought in with lunches. Additionally, no canned beverages are allowed. Violations of this policy will be referred to the school administration.

Non-discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been untreated fairly. "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, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free 1-866-632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 or 1-800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer"