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Food Service Department
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope you had a wonderful summer, and would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2013-2014 school year! As you may already know, ARAMARK Education provides food service for your child’s school

We assure you that we take our responsibility as your food service partner seriously, putting your child’s well-being above everything. ARAMARK is happy to provide nutritious and exciting recipes and menus, vibrant dining environments, and nutritional and wellness programs and communications that will encourage your child to eat healthy and exercise to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle.

We’d like to take this opportunity to share with you our programs and services for the new school year.

 

Our Menu Philosophy


ARAMARK is committed to providing safe, nutritious food, prepared fresh daily. Our menus include an extensive database of age-segmented recipes, developed by dietitians, chefs, purchasing specialists and manufacturer partners. To provide outstanding service and high quality “kid-friendly” meals that meet or exceed the latest federal and state requirements, we:

  • Work directly with food processing partners to set new industry standards for healthier foods, by requiring all key products meet our standards to reduce or eliminate fats, salt and sugars and to add whole grains when possible.
  • Incorporate wholesome, natural ingredients and source foods rich in fiber and essential vitamins and minerals, like whole grain breads, pastas and cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables (local when available); low fat or non- fat milk; other reduced fat dairy options; and lean, low fat chicken, beef and fish.
  • Source high quality, safe foods with no added trans fats; hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products; poultry raised without hormones and with only humane use of antibiotics; and sustainably produced seafood.
  • Minimally-processed foods, and foods without artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup, are used wherever possible.
  • Use products and the cooking methods that conserve food quality and nutrients, while limiting addition of fats and eliminating frying.
 

 Breakfast


Breakfast is served at all schools. The cost of breakfast is $1.25 and reduced-price breakfast is $0.30. Breakfast is served in the lunchroom before the start of school. Primary 8:15-8:35 a.m., Intermediate 7:30-7:45 a.m., High 7:30-7:45 a.m.

 This year, the School Breakfast Program (SBP) will undergo changes similar to those implemented in the lunch program last year. There will be age-appropriate calorie limits for 3 grade groups (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12). Students will be able to select from a variety of grains, fruit/vegetables and milk. All breakfast meals will include zero grams of added trans fat per portion and must offer at least 1 serving of grain each day, many of which will be whole grain-rich. Schools must offer at least a ½ cup of fruit and/or vegetables and 1 cup of fat free or low fat milk to all age groups.

 

Lunch


Monthly menus from the school will be sent home with Primary School students. The lunch price is $2.75 for elementary students. Lunch for students who qualify for reduced-priced lunch is $0.40.

Menus for Intermediate and High School students will be posted in the cafeteria and classroom. The lunch price for Intermediate and High school is $3.00 and reduced-priced lunch is $0.40.

Although, there are no new regulatory changes to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in this school year, there will continue to be age-appropriate calorie limits; larger servings of fruits and vegetables; and wider variety of grain and protein offerings. Whole grains will comprise at least 50% of the grains on the menu; and vegetables offered will focus on nutrient dense dark green, red-orange and legume selections to provide essential vitamins, mineral and fiber.

 

NutriKids Point-of-Sale System


The POS system benefits the District and your students in a number of practical ways. We hope that you and your students will consider taking advantage of some of these convenient options. Please read the following information carefully.

We will be using a computerized cash register system to ease the payment process for your child. Here’s how it works:

  • You can add money to your child’s account by filling out an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, grade, and homeroom and sealing the payment inside.
  • If the payment is for more than one child, indicate how the money should be split
  • We encourage payment be made in the form of a check made out to “Ocean City Schools Cafeteria.”
  • Payment can be made in any amount to best suit your family budget. Students who have money on account will not have to worry about lunch money every morning and will proceed more quickly through the serving line at school.
  • All students have been assigned a student ID number which is used to access their lunch account
  • Students will enter their ID number into a PIN pad (IS) or scan their student ID card (PS/HS)

You will also have the ability to view and print out a copy of your child’s meal purchase history report. Please be advised that when you first create your account, you will only be able to see your child’s history for that day. To view the 30-day history, log out and then sign back in again.

Sign-up now: www.MySchoolBucks.com to view account history and make online pre-payments if desired (must have student ID number)

 

 

Free and Reduced-Priced Meals


Applications for free and reduced-priced meals are available at each school. We have distributed a free and reduced-priced application to guardians to complete and return to their child’s respective school office by August 15th, 2013. As a courtesy, all students who qualified for free or reduced-priced lunches last June will remain eligible until October 15th, 2013. After that date, a new application completed and returned to the school office, for a student to continue to receive free or reduced-priced meals.

Families who qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches also qualify for the same category of breakfast. If the income in your household changes during the school year, please feel free to fill out another application.

Please visit: www.MealSense.org/OceanCity for more information about the Free and Reduced Priced School Meals Program.

 

In closing, welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Food Service Program at your schools, please feel free to contact the Food Service Department at (609) 399-1290 ext. 8701, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. We look forward to a successful school year!

 

Rachel DeVault, Food Service Director