CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS

September 21, 2021

Parents,

The supply chain and labor shortage issues we have been warned about are here.  We were informed yesterday by our largest food distributor that our regularly scheduled delivery has been postponed.  Foreshadowing some of these pressing issues, we had removed the second entrée from the breakfast and lunch menus.  Be advised there will likely be many more changes to the published menus dictated in large measure by our ability to get the food and supplies we need.  I can assure you that we will work diligently to continue to provide the healthful, nutritious meals to our students in the face of these challenges. 

Thank you in advance for your patient understanding.

Sincerely,

Loria Hunter
Child Nutrition Program Director

School Year 2021-2022

Greetings from the Child Nutrition Program,

Thank you for trusting us to provide for the nutritional needs of your children. We have the great responsibility of serving meals that promote a lifetime of healthful choices. The United States Department of Agriculture administers the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. As such, school meals must comply with recommendations outlined in The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, for example:

  • Increase fruit and vegetable intake

  • Offer a variety of vegetables especially dark green and red/orange, beans and peas

  • Increase whole grain intake

Scientific research has shown nutrient dense foods contribute to proper growth and development. Calorie laden foods, on the other hand, are linked to weight gain and chronic health conditions. Although we cannot always offer popular fast foods, our mission at TCS is to offer healthful choices from a variety of foods sources that taste good. This year will be like none any of us have experienced before. We have put procedures in place to ensure as much contactless service as possible i.e., limited choices, grab n go service, no payments in the serving line. We remain committed to providing quality meals to our students in spite of the uncertainties ahead. 

We have a couple of online services that will help make this school year easier for you. Our online meal application at myschoolapps.com is available 24/7 if you think you might qualify for free or reduced price meals. Don't stress on whether you sent lunch money. Myschoolbucks is an online payment service that is an easy and convenient way to ensure your child has funds in his/her account. This is a fee based service. Visit myschoolbucks.com for more information.

Finally, let me welcome you back to another school year! As you take on the expanded role of parent/teacher, allow us to fill in the gap by providing affordable, nutritious meals for your children!!

Best wishes for an outstanding year,

Loria Hunter
Child Nutrition Program Director

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, 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: program.intake@usda.gov .

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: https://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf, y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1) correo: 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; o

(3) correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.