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Important School Breakfast and Lunch Program Information
General Program Description
Deer Valley Unified School District & Nutrition participates in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program. We are committed to offering nutritious meals at affordable prices. Our cafeterias serving K-8 offer four to five different meal options daily, one of which is always vegetarian. School lunches offer 5 meal components daily (fruit, vegetable, grain, protein, and milk). Although students are encouraged to take all five, they need to choose at least three of the five components, one of which needs to be a fruit or vegetable.
Federal nutrition standards require that school meals meet specific standards including:
- A wide variety of fruits and vegetables
- Whole grain rich foods (majority of grains are 50% or more whole grain)
- Fat-free or 1% milk
- Foods free from trans fats and low in sodium, and saturated fat
When a student is enrolled in school they are given an ID number from the school’s front office that they will keep throughout their time at DVUSD. If you do not know your students ID number, please contact your school’s cafeteria. All students will key in their ID number on a pin pad when they go through the breakfast and/or lunch line.
Parents can add money to a student’s account in three different ways:
- Cash: Students may buy meals with cash or credit their account with cash in the cafeteria.
- Check: Students may bring a check with their student ID number and current phone number on it to the cafeteria to be added to their account.
- Online: Payments can be made at www.EZSchoolPay.com using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card for a small transaction fee. Parents can also use EZSchoolPay to view student spending and set up low balance reminders at no cost.
Free and Reduced Price Meal Household Applications
Free and reduced price meal household applications are distributed to students in the first week of school and can also be found online at www.EZMealApp.com or www.dvusd.org/mealassistance.
Students who participated in the meal assistance program last year are eligible for the same benefits the first 30 days of the new school year.
All students must submit a new applications by September 18th 2019 to continue receiving benefits, if eligible.
If a new application is not received by September 18th 2019 ,students will pay the full meal price starting September 19th 2019.
Find more information on your August school lunch menu, at www.dvusd.org/mealassistance, or by contacting our office at 623.445.5166.
Buying Snacks in the Cafeteria
All snack items sold in the cafeteria are required to meet national Smart Snack Standards. You can learn more about those standards on the Food & Nutrition website by going to www.dvusd.org and clicking the white chef hat in the upper right hand corner.
Note: Parents may contact their student’s cafeteria manager any time to place restrictions on a student’s ability to purchase snacks. Restrictions can be made in several different ways including setting daily spending limits, allowing snacks on certain days only, or totally blocking all snack sales.
A list of snacks available for purchase may be found on our website at www.DVUSD.org/nutrition.
Meals on PLC Days
Breakfast and lunch will be served on all PLC days (90-minute early release Fridays) in the same format as regular school days. We will offer nutritionally balanced hot meals consisting of a main dish, fruit, vegetable, and milk.
Negative Balance Policy
The Food & Nutrition Department understands that sometimes a student’s lunch account will run low or even go into the negative. To ensure that all students are being treated equally as well as to ensure that we are fiscally responsible with our limited resources, we want to make our meal charge policy known to all parents.
It is the policy of DVUSD to provide a complete meal to all students. In the event a student's account has no funds to pay for the meal, the account will be charged, resulting in a negative balance. Parents/guardians shall be contacted for payment through phone calls, e-mails, and written notification.
A la carte purchaes are not permitted when the account has a negative balance. Negativer balances carry with your student from year to year, and school to school, until balance is received.
When a negative account balance exceeds the dollar amount equivalent to ten lunches:
- The principal, counselor, and/or designated staff member from the Food & Nutrition Department will contact the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine an appropriate resolution.
- The student's parent(s)/guardian(s) will be provided application materials for the free and reduced-price meal programs.
For more information on the school lunch & breakfast program, please refer to the Food & Nutrition website by going to www.dvusd.org/nutrition. You can also contact your school cafeteria manager directly at:
Cafeteria Manager: Judi Foglesong
Phone number: 623-376-3514
Email address: email@example.com