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The Food Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
The USDA has issued a final Lunch Nutrition Standard that limits our serving sizes per week, thus limiting our daily serving sizes. We have no control over these limitations, so if you have a complaint about the new limits, please contact the USDA.
Lunch Charge Policy
West Carrollton Schools’ Child Nutrition Department is self-supporting. It receives no money from the district’s General Fund budget, tax levies or property taxes. Child Nutrition is funded only from federal reimbursements and student payments to cover all operating expenses and fees. By federal law, Child Nutrition Department must meet or exceed expenditures. Therefore, unpaid charges would affect the ability for the Child Nutrition Department to support itself.
The Child Nutrition Department Meal charge procedure goals:
Students and staff in the West Carrollton School District may pre-pay lunches utilizing our point-of-sale lunch account system. Lunches may be pre-paid daily, weekly, monthly, or even annually. Money may be deposited directly at the school cafeteria, or for your convenience, online. Online payments may be made by setting up an account on www.payschoolscentral.com where you can make deposits using a credit/debit card, monitor accounts, and even set up low balance reminders. Even if you choose not to make online deposits, setting up an account at www.payschoolscentral.com will allow parents to monitor spending, and set up low balance reminders. Parents may also download the free mobile phone app at www.payschoolscentral.com for additional convenience.
The West Carrollton School district recognizes that on occasion, students may forget to bring meal money to school. To ensure that students not go hungry, but also to promote responsible student behavior and minimize the fiscal burden to the Food & Nutrition Services Department, the District will enforce the following policies by grade level:
For newly enrolled students, there is a five (5)-day grace period during which new students may receive lunch. This allows for the processing of meal eligibility applications.
Parents/Guardians are continually encouraged to submit a “Free/Reduced Meal Application”. If the student qualifies for:
Each student (Grades K-8) may charge up to three (3) complete lunches (totaling… for ALL reduced students - $1.20; for full pay students K-5th grades $8.25 6th – 8th grades $9.00). Each student will receive courtesy meals after the three (3) complete lunch charge limit has been met.
Courtesy Meal Procedure
Trays are not taken from a student; we take great care in making certain that no student with a negative balance receives a meal that is not a courtesy meal, however, we know that mistakes can happen. If a student with a negative balance receives a meal by mistake, the student will keep the meal and it will be added to the student’s account, increasing the amount of charges owed on the account.
Refunds for withdrawn, and graduating students; a written request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. An email request is also acceptable. 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 full year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the West Carrollton Food Service Program.
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;
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.