The USDA has recently issued new school meal requirements that will be effective beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. This means Indiana Area School District’s students will see some changes in the foods served at school next school year. Chartwells School Dining Services manages the food service department at Indiana Area School District and has made great progress with incorporating several positive initiatives that will allow for a smooth transition to the new meal requirements.
To get the full nutritional value, selecting a complete meal is important. A complete meal consist of five components; Meat/Meat Alternative, Grain, Vegetable, Fruit and Milk. To receive the Full Meal Price, at least 3 out of 5 components (with at least one being a vegetable or fruit) must be selected. Selecting one, two or three (without a vegetable or fruit) components will require the items to be charged on an al a carte basis, which will be a higher charge than the Full Meal Price. It is a USDA regulation that a combination of menu items that do not meet the meal requirements cannot be sold for the meal price.
One major adjustment for students will be that their meal must include at least 1/2 cup of a fruit or vegetable in order to be considered a complete meal. Other changes, which are already in progress, include incorporating more whole grains, a limit on bread and protein servings, a reduction in fats, and sodium, or salt.
Both Chartwells and Indiana Area School District are dedicated to providing quality nutritious meals that students will enjoy and choose to eat. If a student has a food allergy, parents should contact the school nurse, who will notify the cafeteria manager.
Elementary students may purchase breakfast for $1.10 and lunch for $2.45. Junior and senior high students may purchase breakfast for $1.35 and lunch for $2.75. Milk can be purchased for $0.50. Adult breakfasts are $1.80 and adult lunches are $3.70.
If you feel your child may be eligible for free or reduced lunches, please fill out the free and reduced lunch application mailed to your home. If you decide to apply later in the school year, or have a change in household size or income, you can obtain a new application from your child’s school office. The reduced price is $.40 for lunch and $.30 for breakfast.
School breakfast and lunch menus are sent home with elementary school students monthly. Menus for secondary students are posted and available in classrooms and in the cafeterias. Menus can also be accessed from this page.