Indiana Area School
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The USDA has recently
issued new school meal requirements that will be effective beginning with
the 2012-2013 school year. This means Indiana
Area School Districtís students will see some changes in the
foods served at school next school year. Chartwells School
Dining Services manages the food service department at Indiana Area School District and has made great progress with
incorporating several positive initiatives that will allow for a smooth
transition to the new meal requirements.
get the full nutritional value, selecting a complete meal is important.
A complete meal consist of five components; Meat/Meat Alternative,
Grain, Vegetable, Fruit and Milk. To
receive the Full Meal Price, at least 3 out of 5 components (with at least
one being a vegetable or fruit) must be selected.
Selecting one, two or three (without a vegetable or fruit)
components will require
the items to be charged on an al a carte basis, which will be a higher
charge than the Full Meal Price. It
is a USDA regulation that a combination of menu items that do not meet the
meal requirements cannot be sold for the meal price.
major adjustment for students will be that their meal must
include at least 1/2 cup of a fruit or vegetable in order to be
considered a complete meal. Other changes,
which are already in progress, include
incorporating more whole grains, a limit on bread and protein servings, a
reduction in fats, and sodium, or salt.
Both Chartwells and Indiana Area School District are dedicated to providing quality nutritious meals that students will enjoy and choose to eat. If a student has a food allergy, parents should contact the school nurse, who will notify the cafeteria manager.
Elementary students may purchase breakfast for $1.00 and lunch for $2.25. Junior and senior high students may purchase breakfast for $1.25 and lunch for $2.55. Milk can be purchased for $0.50. Adult breakfasts are $1.70 and adult lunches are $3.50.
If you feel your child may be eligible for free or reduced lunches, please fill out the free and reduced lunch application mailed to your home. If you decide to apply later in the school year, or have a change in household size or income, you can obtain a new application from your child’s school office. The reduced price is $.40 for lunch and $.30 for breakfast.
School breakfast and lunch menus
are sent home with elementary school students monthly. Menus for
secondary students are posted and available in classrooms and in the
cafeterias. Menus can also be accessed from this page.
Payment for these meals is handled through the district’s computerized debit system. The computer system is similar to the setup of ATM’s. Once the student’s account is activated, he/she can use an assigned PIN to purchase breakfast or lunch. The difference between this system and an ATM is that the student can’t withdraw cash from his/her account, and a picture identification protection feature is in place.
The debit system eliminates lost tokens and tickets, reducing the need for students to carry cash with them on a daily basis. It also allows the parent to send in as little or as much to the student’s account as fits their budget.
The system works like this:
ATTN: The menu(s) for Thursday, March 28th will be what was originally on the menu for Monday, March 25th.
A variety of hot and cold breakfast items are available daily at the junior and senior high schools.
Using The Internet To Apply For Free Or
Since your child attends Indiana Area School District, you can apply for free or reduced price school meals online by going to the COMPASS website at www.compass.state.pa.us or you can continue to use the paper "Household Meal Benefit Application" if you prefer.
Once you access COMPASS, select Apply for Benefits. Parents will select the programs they wish to apply for and be directed through a series of questions regarding those programs. Please enter Indiana as the county of the school when you apply. Select Indiana Area School District as the school your child attends.
Once the questions have been completed, the COMPASS system will direct your information to each appropriate program office and the school you selected will receive the Household Meal Benefit Application. The school will notify you if you are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
If you apply for free or reduced price school meals through COMPASS you do not need to submit a paper application.