Child Nutrition Program
Sulphur Bluff ISD is committed to providing you with the information and convenience you need to manage your child's nutritional decisions and school meal account.
We are in the process of setting up an online payment system for you to access your child's lunch account. You will be able to make secure online credit card payments into your students account from your home computer. You may also just use this as a tool for viewing your child's account. Please look at the Menu page for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Alberts at (903) 945-2460 ext. 3010.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Child Nutrition FAQs
Free and Reduced-Price Meals
How do I get free or reduced-price school meals for my children?
Households must complete the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application form and return it to the school. Only one application must be filled out by a family for children attending the same school. Applications are included in the student's registration packet. You can also obtain an application at the school.
We will use the information on your form to decide if your children should get free or reduced-price meals. We also may inform officials with other child nutrition, health, and education programs of the information on your form to determine benefits provided by those programs or for funding and/or evaluation purposes.
Eligibility may be checked at any time during the school year. School officials may ask you to send written proof that shows that your children should get free or reduced-price school meals.
If you are not eligible now but your economic situation changes during the school year (such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, unemployment, receive food stamps or TANF), complete another form.
National School Lunch Program
What is the National School Lunch Program?
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. In 1998, Congress expanded the National School Lunch Program to include reimbursement for snacks served to children in after school educational and enrichment programs to include children through 18 years of age.
The Food and Nutrition Service administers the program at the Federal level. At the State level, the National School Lunch Program is usually administered by State education agencies, which operate the program through agreements with school food authorities.
School lunches must meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual's calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories.
School lunches must meet Federal nutrition requirements, but decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities. USDA works with State agencies and local school food authorities through the Team Nutrition initiative to teach and motivate children to make healthy food choices, and to provide school food service staff with training and technical support.
States select entitlement foods for their schools from a list of various foods purchased by USDA and offered through the school lunch program. Bonus foods are offered only as they become available through agricultural surplus. The variety of both entitlement and bonus commodities schools can get from USDA depends on quantities available and market prices.
A very successful project between USDA and the Department of Defense (DoD) has helped provide schools with fresh produce purchased through DoD. USDA has also worked with schools to help promote connections with local small farmers who may be able to provide fresh produce.
Why can't students have certain types of candy and snacks at school?
The Texas Department of Agriculture created a policy for Texas public schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. In an effort to fight childhood obesity, the Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value Policy restricts such foods as soda, water ices, chewing gum, and certain candies from being served or provided on the school campus until after the last lunch period. Elementary campuses are restricted from serving these items throughout the entire school day. For more information about The Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value Policy (FMNV) visit the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.
Not if the party includes competitive foods or FMNV. SEE Link.
The Texas Public School Nutrition Policy (TPSNP) Clarifications issued August 26, 2004, explicitly state, "foods otherwise restricted by the policy are permitted in classroom student birthday parties." TDA recommends that parties be held after the class lunch period so the party does not spoil the students' appetite for a nutritious meal.
The Nutrition Standards apply to all foods and beverages served or made available at any time by anyone during the school day, including school meals, nutritious classroom snacks, a la carte and competitive foods.
One that complies with the fat and sugar limits of the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy and does not contain any FMNV or consists of candy or dessert-type items.
Child Nutrition Useful Links
NUTRITION EXPLORATIONS... http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids/main.asp
RACHEL RAY'S YUM-O... http://www.yum-o.org/
SQUARE MEALS..... http://www.squaremeals.org/fn/home/page/0,1248,2348_0_0_0,00.html