Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. All meals, foods and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a new rule about substitutions for milk for students who do not have disabilities. The rule no longer allows us to substitute bottled water or fruit juice for milk in the school meal for students that do not have disabilities. We offer Lactaid milk as a substitute product in all schools within our district, for students whose parent or guardian request it. Lactaid milk is cow’s milk with the milk sugar (lactose) broken down so it is easier for most people with lactose intolerance to digest. Lactaid milk is generally not appropriate for students who are allergic to milk or cannot drink milk due to cultural, ethnic, or religious reasons. Non disabled students who cannot drink milk or Lactaid milk can choose to decline the milk in their school meal and take the juice that is offered with the meal and/or water from the tap/fountain to drink. If a student’s physician provides a medical statement (Medical Plan of Care for Food Services) that states a student has a disabling disability such as a severe allergy, we will continue to be able to provide the beverage substitution requested on the medical 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: How to File a Complaint, 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: [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.