CHILD NUTRITION INFORMATION
The MSDWT participates in the National School Breakfast, Lunch, Snack and Summer Feeding programs. Nutritious meals are served every day. Breakfast and lunch are offered at all MSDWT schools. For valuable information about our program please visit the Child Nutrition webpage. On this webpage you can find menus, nutritional information, meal prices, payment schedules, charging of meals, applications and instructions for meal assistance and much more. OUR MISSION is to provide nutritious, high quality, cost effective meals that provide students with healthy choices for developing positive life-style decision making.
UNDERSTANDING THE LUNCH LINE
Each day, your child is offered a lunch containing:
- Meat or Meat Alternate (Hamburger Patty and Cheese)
- Grain (Bun)
- Vegetable (1/2 cup Carrots and 1 cup Mixed Green Salad)
- Fruit (1/2 Cup Peaches)
- Milk (8 oz.)
While the most nutritious lunch contains all of these options, we understand that sometimes our students do not like some of the items we serve. To make our students happy, we like to give them the option to decline items they do not want to eat. Out of the five (5) food groups your student is offered, the student must choose at least three (3) food groups for their meal. One of the food groups must be a fruit or vegetable. Some of the menu choices may count as two food groups such as pizza, nachos, cheeseburger, or a chef salad!
MEAL PAYMENT PROCEDURE
All school cafeterias use a pre-pay debit system. This system is designed to process purchases quickly, more efficiently and to reduce the amount of cash handled at each location. Handling cash and making change at the registers slows down the serving lines and we want to provide your student(s) as much time as possible to enjoy their meal. All students, adults, and District employees are required to pre-pay into their Child Nutrition account or have cash in hand at the time of purchase. A free service to prepay for your student’s breakfast and/or lunch is available through the internet at www.mypaymentsplus.com. We encourage prepayments for the month, semester, or year. Should a check be returned for nonsufficient funds, the school district will assess a charge of $25.00 to your child’s account for each occurrence. The Child Nutrition department may accept cash only payments after May 1 each year. If the student has money in their account at the end of the school year, this money will stay in their account until the student graduates or leaves the District.
Students who have left the school District or graduated may request a refund within 30 business days of leaving the District by completing the Refund Request Form on the Child Nutrition webpage. Refunds below $20.00 may be processed at the school cafeterias. If more than $20.00, it will be processed by the Child Nutrition Office in the H. Dean Evans Community and Education Center. Once approved by the MSDWT Board of Education, a check will be mailed to the name and address provided.
STUDENT DEBT PRACTICE
Per USDA guidelines, MSDWT is not allowed to incur bad debt from unpaid meal charges. We recognize that there are circumstances that may cause a student to not have money in their account. In the event that a student does not have money to pay for their meal, the following charge limits will be followed.
Elementary Schools: For students in grades K-5 the first three (3) days that a student has no payment for breakfast and/or lunch, the regular breakfast and lunch will be served and the cost of each meal will be debited from the student’s account. After three (3) days without payment the student will be offered up to three (3) consecutive Courtesy Lunches at no cost.
A friendly reminder notice will be sent home and/or a courtesy phone call made notifying the parent that payment is due. After six (6) consecutive days of non- payment, the student’s courtesy lunch privileges may be stopped.
Middle Schools: For students in grades 6-8 the first two (2) days that a student has no payment for breakfast and/or lunch, the regular breakfast and lunch will be served and the cost of each meal will be debited from the student’s account. After Two (2) days without payment the student will be offered two (2) consecutive Courtesy Lunches at no cost.
A student who has charged a meal may not charge or purchase “a la carte” items. After five (5) consecutive days of non-payment, the student’s courtesy lunch privileges may be stopped.
FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS
Free and Reduced Price meals are available to families who qualify. A new application must be completed every school year beginning July 18, 2018 unless you are otherwise notified that your student has been pre-approved through Direct Certification. Only one (1) Free and Reduced Meal application is required per family. Incomplete applications cannot be approved, so please fill out all required information. If your family chooses to apply, there are four ways to do so:
- Complete an application online for quick processing. Go to http://cafe.msdwt.k12.in.us Results within 48 hours.
- Print a paper application – Go online to MSDWT Child Nutrition Services, choose tab “Meal Information and Guidelines”, then select the “Download Meal Application Form” link to print and complete application.
- Pick up a paper application at any school or the H. Dean Evans Community and Education Center.
- Call the Child Nutrition office at (317) 205-3332 Extension 77211 and ask for an application to be mailed to you.
All completed applications can be returned to any school office, cafeteria or mailed to:
H. Dean Evans CEC
Attention: Child Nutrition, Free and Reduced
8550 Woodfield Crossing Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Applications can be faxed to (317) 205-3385. You will be notified by email, phone or mail of your student’s status within ten (10) working days. Until notification, you MUST provide your child with a lunch from home or money to pay for their lunch.
Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household gross income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. THE TOTAL HOUSEHOLD GROSS INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes. This includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. Other determining factors include being a recipient of: SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF and/or FDPIR. Foster children are eligible for free meals regardless of household income.