Nutrition FAQ Free and Reduced Lunch 1. What menu items can my free/reduced qualified child choose?Your child can choose any meal served including Chef Specials, Pro Foods 2 meals, and lunches served at the Rink Café. A la carte items are available, but need to be paid for with cash or account funds.2. My children attend different CCSU schools. How many applications do I need to complete?One application listing all students living in your household is all that is required, no matter what schools they attend. Make sure that all students are listed on the application.3. How does a child qualify for free and reduced-price meals?Eligibility is generally based on household income, household size, homelessness, and if a member of the household has a food stamp number. If one member of the household is approved for food stamps all members of that household are eligible. The federal income guidelines can be found in the free/reduced application.4. Can my child choose breakfast and lunch each day?Yes, we encourage all children to eat breakfast and lunch at school each day and the District benefits from their consumption of both meals daily.5. How are families notified if a child qualifies for free/reduced-price meals?Qualifying families are notified by the Child Nutrition Department by mail in a timely manner. 6. How do children get an application?Applications are given to every student at the beginning of the school year. New students are given an application upon registration. Applications are available in the main office of each school. Applications are also available online https://www.ccsuvt.org/food-services/free-reduced-meals.7. How often does a free/reduced application need to be completed?An application must be completed each year.8. How long is the application valid?Students who participate in the free/reduced program during the previous year may continue to eat free lunch for the first 30 days of school. After 30 days, a new application must be submitted and approved. 9. How long does it take to process an application?Upon receipt of a completed application, the Child Nutrition Department has applications completed within a day or two.10. Will parents need to pay for a child's lunch until the application is process?Yes.11. My household was approved for reduced price meals. What price do I have to pay for meals?Breakfast and lunch are free; the State of Vermont subsidizes the reduced cost. Student Lunch Accounts 1. Will funds in my child’s account be transferred from Essex Middle School?No, EMS is part of a different school district. Your child will be given a new food service account at EHS.2. Will funds in my child’s account be transferred from Westford or ADL?Yes, ADL and Westford are part of CCSU, and your child will continue to use their existing food service account.3. How can I pre-pay for student meals?You may pay by cash or check at your school. Checks should be made out to CCSU Child Nutrition with the student’s name on it. You can also make payments online by going to http://www.ccsuvt.org/support/food-services/payment. Please note that there is a service provider fee for ACH transfers on line.4. What happens to the balance remaining on my student's lunch account when school ends?Any balance remaining on a student’s lunch account when school ends in June will be carried over to the next school year. Seniors and non-returning students may request a refund of remaining balances the last week of scheduled classes and during final exams. Parents /guardians may request a refund of balances at anytime.5. How can I financially manage my students account?Login to https://secure.myschoolaccount.com/login.aspx. Balances and activity is available daily along with e mail reminders of low account balances within parameters specified. Select “manage my account”. Check the box next to the statement “Send Low Balance Notification Emails” Then click “save changes”. Menus and Nutrition 1. Where can I find school lunch menus?Lunch menus can be found online by going to http://www.ccsuvt.org/support/food-services/menus.2. My child has a special dietary need, where can I get information about the foods that she can purchase?Please visit the “Special Dietary Needs” web page at http://www.ccsuvt.org/support/food-services/children-with-special-dietary-needs and/or contact the Child Nutrition Department for more information.3. Why purchase a meal at school?Nutritious meals are designed to meet specific nutrition standards.Food is safe and sanitary. Cost is less than bringing an equally nutritious meal from home. Several choices are available daily including vegetarian options.4. How does the department assure safe meals are served to students?The Child Nutrition Department adheres to a food safety program based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles. HACCP is a systematic approach designed to reduce the risk of food borne hazards by focusing on each step of the food preparation process from receiving to storage.5. How can I find nutritional information on meals served at school?Nutritional information is available online for all our meals daily. Visit any of our menus by going to http://www.ccsuvt.org/support/food-services/menus. Choose the desired menu, and click “nutritional value” under the menu description for nutrient information.