Office of Food Services
Eleanore Mills, School Food Director
FAX: (845) 457-3003
At Valley Central, we work with a local farmer to obtain all of our fresh fruits and vegetables. Our menu for both Breakfast and Lunch meets all the required nutrition regulated by NYS Child Nutrition Program. A nutritional analysis of foods served in our schools is available. There are five components to the lunch meal: Meat/meat alternative, Grain, Vegetable, and Fruit and Milk.
Elementary, Middle and High school students use the WebSmart automated cashier system using their school ID number. Parents may contact MySchoolbucks.com to set up student accounts, or with a check payable to Valley Central School District, or money can be given directly to the cashier to place on your child’s account.
CHARGING SCHOOL MEALS AND PROHIBITION AGAINST MEAL SHAMING
The goal of the Valley Central School District is to provide student access to nutritious no- or low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a pupil whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a pupil whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees. Unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our school.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with federal requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and, and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances to ensure that the student is not stigmatized, distressed or embarrassed. The intent of this policy is to establish procedures to address unpaid meal charges throughout the Valley Central School District in a way that does not stigmatize, distress or embarrass students. The provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced reimbursable school breakfast, lunch and snack meals only.
The Valley Central School District provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their money. Charging of items outside of the reimbursable meals (a la carte items, adult meals, etc.) is expressly prohibited.
Free Meal Benefit
Free eligible students will be allowed to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal of their choice each day. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
Reduced Meal Benefit
Reduced eligible students will be allowed to receive a breakfast of their choice for $.25 and lunch of their choice for $.25 each day. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students unless the student’s parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. Please contact Eleanore Mills, Food Service Director, (845) 457-2400 Ext. 16896 to provide such permission. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
Full Pay Students
Students will pay for meals at the school’s published paid meal rate each day. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student’s parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
Everyone is encouraged to fill out the 2019/2020 Free and Reduced Application. Applications can be returned to your youngest child’s building or faxed to (845) 457-3003. Only one application per household is needed.
Students/Parents/Guardians may pay for meals in advance via myschoolbucks.com or with a check payable to Valley Central School District, or money can be given directly to the cashier to place on your child’s account. Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the possibility that a child may be without meal money on any given day.
Any remaining funds for a particular student may/will be carried over to the next school year.
Refunds for withdrawn, and graduating students; a written or e-mailed request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. Students who are graduating at the end of the year will be given the option to transfer to a sibling’s account with a written request.
Unclaimed Funds must be requested within one school year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Valley Central School District Food Service Program.
The Valley Central School District recognizes that schools play a critical role in promoting student health, preventing childhood obesity and combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical activity. The Valley Central School District is committed to providing a school environment and experiences which promote healthy choices and physical activity.