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Nutrition Services

 

Dear Parents;

 

On behalf of our Food Service Staff, we would like to personally welcome those of you that are new to USD 207 and welcome back all of our returning families. We hope that you will trust us to take care of your children's food service needs. Know that our staff prides itself on getting to know your children and being that friendly face they can rely on in the lunchroom.

 

We want to let you know about a few important details about your school meal program.

 

Child Nutrition Benefit Application;

 

If you feel you may benefit or qualify for free and reduced meal benefits please fill out the form found on the right-hand side of the web page, via a link to complete it online, or a downloadable paper form with an explanation and instructions. The application is a confidential document and we ask that you return it in an envelope, marked attention, Melissa Hurley, to the school office or the USD 207 Board of Education Located off of Biddle Blvd, if you use the paper form. You may also mail it to;

 

USD 207 Melissa Hurley FSD

207 Education Way

Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-1416

 

Meal Modification;

 

Each meal prepared at USD 207 is under the guidance of the USDA School Nutrition Program. The meals have specific amounts of required whole grains, meats or meat alternates, fruits, vegetables, and of course milk. The USDA has loosened requirements for meal modification that can be made within the meal pattern that we are serving. In other words, if your child is allergic to strawberries we can make the meal adjustment with another fruit. If your child has a lactose sensitivity, or egg or milk intolerance, we may have the substitutions available that do not affect the parameters of the meal requirements. Simply notify the nurse at your child’s school and she will notify us. If we have any questions or require additional information, we will contact you directly. Please note, these requests MUST come from you, the parent, and not from your student. The same is true for a request to discontinue modification. If your child comes in and says “my mom says I can’t have…” or “my mom says it’s ok for me to have that again,” we will be contacting you prior to making the requested change your child has just vocalized to us.

 

If a specific item changes in the meal pattern, and we are not able to make a substitution within the meal pattern, it is necessary to fill out a Medical Meal Modification form (found on the right-hand side). Form 19 B requires a signature of a licensed physician (MD or DO) OR a physician’s assistant (PA) or an advanced registered nurse practitioner (APRN) authorized by their responsible licensed physician before any modifications can be made. An example would be a food that causes anaphylactic shock and severe reactions that would cause life-altering reactions. The physician will give us guidelines on restrictions and substitutions to work with the planned menu and make the substitutions necessary. Another example is a gluten free diet. Grains are an important part of the meal pattern and to offer your child a “grain free” meal requires us to make a modification outside of the meal pattern and will require this form.

 

Once Form 19 B is filled out, and signed, return it to the school nurse. The food service manager or food service director will give you a call to go over the dietary restrictions and to discuss your child’s needs with your input. There are some instances that we need a week (5 days) to order the specialty food required. Working together is key to keeping your child safe and we may have to ask for further clarification.

 

Thank you for your service and we wish you a wonderful school year

 

Respectfully,

 

Melissa Hurley, FSD

 

(913)651-7373 or [email protected]

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

(1)   Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 

(2)   Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

 

(3)   Email: [email protected].

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.