Dear East Irondequoit families –
The EI School District believes one of the most important ways we can help our children perform better in their classrooms is to provide them with the nutrition necessary for the healthy growth of their minds and bodies. Good nutrition is critical to student achievement. A well-nourished student will generally have better attendance, be more attentive, and have more energy to take on the day’s activities. The School Nutrition Program provides tasty, nutritious, and reasonably priced breakfasts and lunches to both students and staff.
This fall, our cafeterias will continue to meet tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school breakfast and lunch! We’re always working to offer EI students healthier and better-tasting options. School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins, and grains, and must meet strict limits on portion size and saturated fat. Continuing this year, school lunches will meet several additional standards requiring:
* age-appropriate calorie limits
* fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
* more whole grains and less sodium
* larger servings of fruits and vegetables (students must take at least one serving of fruit or vegetable as part of their lunch and breakfast tray)
* a wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
For details on Menu Nutritional Information with Nutrislice, check out our NEW Digital Menus. There is an APP for that. Look for School Lunch by Nutrislice, available for iOS and Android.
In addition, school districts across the country are being required by the federal government to raise prices for students who pay full price for lunch. Right now, school nutrition programs in the National School Lunch Program receive $2.98 for each complete meal served to students eligible for a free lunch. Over the years, the federal reimbursement for free lunches has gone up in small increments. However, most school
nutrition programs, like ours, have not raised the price for paid lunches at the same pace. The federal regulations, which took effect in the 2011-12 school year, require the average paid-lunch cost in a district to rise gradually over the next several years, until the average price equals the free-meal reimbursement. Thus, we are raising our lunch meal prices to continue closing this gap. However, school meals remain a great value and a huge convenience for busy families!
The price for a lunch (including a half-pint carton of milk) at the elementary is $2.55, and secondary schools will be $2.75. The price for just milk (skim, 1%, or fat-free chocolate) will remain 50 cents. (Lunch is 25 cents for approved reduced-price students and free for those qualifying for the free meal program.)
Breakfast will continue to be offered daily. The breakfast price is unchanged at $1.35 (25 cents for approved reduced price students and free for those qualifying for the free meal program). Students receive a choice of entrée (bagel, muffin, assorted cereals, yogurt, and hot items), a choice of fruit or juice, and a half-pint of milk.
See menu section for a sample menu. Lunch entrées available daily include yogurt/yogurt parfait, chef salad, and peanut butter and jelly sandwich; sides available daily include garden salad, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetable crunchers (such as cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and broccoli and cauliflower bites).
Free and reduced-price meals will again be available for those who are eligible. This program applies to both breakfast and lunch. Families can apply for free or reduced-price meals by completing the application form. Additional copies are available from the elementary, middle and senior high school offices, or can be downloaded from the ‘menus’ link on the district’s homepage (www.eastiron.org). The
application can be completed and submitted at any time throughout the school year.
Families are offered the convenience of pre-paying for meal purchases; visit the Web Store tab on the District website for information on pre-paid meals. You will need your child’s student ID number to use this service. If you don’t know your child’s ID number, give the school office a call, and they can look it up for you. Wherever you go, take MySchoolBucks with you. Look for the MySchoolBucks App, available for iOS and Android.
We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall. Other great school meal information can be found by visiting www.traytalk.org. You can reach me at 247-5050 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.