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MCSD Food and Nutrition Communication to Parents and Staff

2018 – 2019 Information from Muscatine CSD Food and Nutrition Department  

Breakfast is available at all schools. Elementary $1.65, Middle $1.75, High $2.00 Adults $3.00

Lunch is available at all schools. Elementary $2.75, Middle $2.85, High $3.10 Adults $4.50

Reduced priced meals – Breakfast .30, Lunch .40

Breakfast and Lunch at Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Schools is provided at no charge to all students for the whole school year. This year those schools are Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and McKinley Elementary schools.

All adults must pay for meals. Eating from a students tray or sharing tables is not permitted by USDA.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs (FFVP) – Snacks are available free to all students every day at Franklin and Jefferson Elementary Schools who have received grant funding.

Elementary Students – Picture ID meal cards will be given to students in classrooms or in line by the principal’s’ designee, students will go through the serving line, make selections and give their meal card to the FN staff member at the end of the line. It is the student’s’ responsibility to keep the ID card in good condition.

Middle and High School Students – ID cards will be given to students, students will go through the serving line, make selections and scan their ID card to purchase meals at the end of the line at the cashier stations. Students must keep their ID at all times to protect their meal account funds.

Iowa Eligibility Meal Applications – Free or reduced meal applications may be completed any time of year by submitted online at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application or

printed from http://www.muscatine.k12.ia.us/parents-students/nutrition/ or picked up at the schools or MCSD Administration Center. If you have already applied this year, there is no need to re-apply.

Prepayment of Meals – All meal purchases are to be prepaid before meal service begins. Account balances will transfer from school to school and year to year within our district.  

Methods of payments

Cash, Checks, and Debit/Credit Cards are accepted at all district and building offices.  If you send money with your student to school, you must write the student’s name in the check memo line, seal it in an envelope and label it with LUNCH MONEY, student’s’ name, student ID # and date. If checks are returned 3 times in one year, we will no longer accept checks for that school year. Fees incurred will be passed along to the parent or guardian.

Online with a Debit/Credit Card – There are two web-sites that parents/guardians can use to put money into student’s account.

  • InTouch Receipting is a free online service that parents can use to deposit money into student’s’ meal account, but may not view transactions and balances. This is a no fee service: https://ia-muscatine.intouchreceipting.com/
  • MySchoolBucks is an online service that can be used to deposit money into student’s’ meal account and may view account transactions and balances. Your student’s’ ID # and birthdate is all that is needed from the school district to create an account. If you are unsure of the student ID #, please contact your student’s’ school. MySchoolBucks charges a $2.49 convenience fee per transaction for this service: www.myschoolbucks.com

Purchase of Extra items – ALL Students must have money in their meal accounts to purchase extra items, such as juice, milk, extra entree, etc.

School Messenger (SM) Communication Service – Parents/guardians will receive an automated reminder call if there is not enough money in their student’s’ meal account to purchase meals for the week. In addition, an automated call will go out daily when your student’s’ account is negative. Parents may opt out of these calls, if students bring lunch from home or do not attend during meal sessions.

Negative Account Balances – The school district will make reasonable efforts to collect unpaid meal charges classified as delinquent debt. The school district will coordinate communications with families to resolve the matter of unpaid charges as outlined below.  Negative balances do not go away.

  • Negative $25 – School Kitchen Staff will attempt to contact parent/guardian via phone and send a reminder letter home on Fridays with the student.  
  • Negative $50 – MCSD Food and Nutrition Supervisor or designee will attempt to contact parent/guardian via phone to assist with a repayment or financial resource plan.
  • Negative $100 and over – will be turned over to the superintendent or superintendent’s designee for collection.
  • A reimbursable meal will be offered to all students including those that have unpaid charges on their accounts.

Employees – Employees may not charge meals. All employees are expected to prepay for meals and maintain a positive or zero meal account balance.   

Parent Involvement

We encourage parents to eat meals with their students at school and at home.  We are always looking for recipes that are successful at home in hopes of converting them into recipes that we may try in our schools.

This document will be reviewed, updated, and distributed to all families annually.

Contact Alisha Eggers, Supervisor of Food and Nutrition at 563-263-7223 ext. 1113 or alisha.eggers@mcsdonline.org with questions or concerns.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement:

“It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”

 

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