Student with Special Dietary Needs Policy

The best protection for our students with life-threatening food allergies is to pack lunch from home. Not all foods are allergen free and cross-contamination may occur. We highly recommend that students with life-threatening food allergies avoid purchasing snacks.

When and if necessary, substitute meals for students with life-threatening food allergies will be made available.  A Medical Statement Request for Special Meals and Milk Substitutions is required to be completed by your child’s physician annually.   Once the completed form is received we will work with our food services company on providing a safe substitute menu along with manufacturer ingredient labels for your review and approval.

Manufacturer food labels are available to view on the food service provider’s website at www.maschiofood.com under “Food Facts.”  You may contact our office for information on brands and product types used in our cafeteria, understanding that substitutions, while not likely, may occur.

 

If you have any questions, as always you may contact our office at (973) 482-8811.

 

 

Thank you for partnering with Robert Treat Academy in keeping our students healthy and safe.

 

Breakfast Offer Versus Serve Policy

Implementation Date: August, 2015

Offer versus serve (OVS) is a policy for reimbursable meals that allows students to decline a certain number of food components in the meal in order to reduce plate waste and food cost.

A school breakfast eligible for federal reimbursement shall offer four (4) food items from the three (3) food components in the appropriate amounts per grade grouping:

  • Fruit or vegetable or juice,
  • Milk,
  • Grains ( Including optional meat/meat alternate)

Students are allowed to decline one (1) of the four (4) items offered, but must select at least ½ cup of either fruit (or fruit combination) or a ½ cup of vegetable (or vegetable combination) or ½ cup of a fruit /vegetable combination.

The student’s decision to accept all four (4) food items or to decline one (1) food item shall not affect the price charged for the meal.  The breakfast is priced as a unit.  If children do not choose enough food items to comprise a reimbursable meal, a la carte prices will be charged.

School staff cannot make exceptions to the policy, such as requiring every child to take a particular food component. It is the student’s choice to select any three or all four food items of the reimbursable meal.

At each school implementing the Offer versus Serve Policy, school food service staff will be trained annually.

Offer versus Serve will be implemented in all schools

 

Lunch Offer Versus Serve Policy

Lunch Offer versus Serve Policy

Implementation Date:  August, 2015

Offer versus serve (OVS) is a policy for reimbursable meals that allows students to decline a certain number of food components in the meal in order to reduce plate waste and food cost.

A school lunch eligible for federal reimbursement shall offer five (5) food components in the appropriate amounts per grade grouping:

  • Fruit,
  • Vegetable,
  • Milk,
  • Grain and
  • Meat/Meat Alternate.

Students are allowed to decline two (2) of the five (5) required food components, but must select at least ½ cup of either fruit (or fruit combination) or a ½ cup of vegetable (or vegetable combination) or ½ cup of a fruit /vegetable combination.

After selecting the ½ cup fruit or vegetable requirement, students must select at least two (2) additional full components in the full amounts (per age/grade grouping required amounts) to count toward the reimbursable offer versus serve meal.

The student’s decision to accept all five (5) food components or to decline two (2) food components shall not affect the price charged for the meal.  The lunch is price as a unit.  If children do not choose enough food items to comprise a reimbursable meal, a la carte prices will be charged.

School staff cannot make exceptions to the policy, such as requiring every child to take a particular food component. It is the student’s choice to select any three, four or all five components of the reimbursable meal.

At each school implementing the Offer versus Serve Policy, school food service staff will be trained annually.

Offer versus Serve will be implemented in all Schools

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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