The nationwide staffing and supply chain shortages are hitting our child nutrition department. Because of this, beginning Friday, October 1, the district will be offering one option for lunch. Please be aware, especially for students with allergy and special diet concerns, that product shortages may require last-minute menu changes or substitutions at individual sites. The October menus are posted to the child nutrition website. We apologize for any uncertainty and inconvenience this may cause as we work through these difficult market conditions.
In addition, we want to remind you that although meals are free this year, it’s important for every family to fill out the Free and Reduced application. Even if you don’t think your family qualifies, please fill out the form. Your student could qualify for other incentives such as free or reduced college application fees or free ACT testing based on your household income. As an example, many families will receive pandemic benefits (P-EBT) in the form of debit cards for groceries simply because they had a qualified lunch program application on file with the school last year. Without your applications, we also risk losing vital state and federal money that supports our schools.
Anyone who completes the application by September 30 will be included in a drawing for a free Vizio 50-inch 4K Smart TV. The winner will be selected from ALL applicants, even if they do not ultimately qualify for lunch benefits. The drawing will be held on October 11, and the winner will be notified by phone. Any family who submitted an application for this school year is already entered and does not need to fill out a second application to be registered in the drawing.
We also want to take this opportunity to let you know that we have a number of open positions in our child nutrition department. Our support staff is crucial to the district’s success. If you need a job, enjoy being around kids, and want to make a difference in student’s lives, we invite you to check out the available careers here.