Hot Lunch and Milk Programs/Snack Breaks
Our Redeemer participates in the National School Lunch Program to make hot lunches available to students, along with milk to go with cold lunches and for daily milk breaks. The food and other supplies for the hot lunch program are provided by the Delavan-Darien School District.
Hot Lunch Program
Hot lunch menus are sent home electronically once a month with the weekly school newsletter, and are also available at http://ddschools.nutrislice.com/menu/our-redeemer-school/lunch/. All menus are subject to change without notice.
Each student who is at school during the lunch periods – that is, students in the PK4 Full Day program or in Kindergarten through 8th grade – has a hot lunch account into which families can deposit money for hot lunch, or for milk to go with cold lunch, by bringing cash or a check to the school office. We encourage you to pre-pay on your student’s account at the all-school registration in August, or at the beginning of the school year.
If a family qualifies for free hot lunches, either through direct certification or through an application, each student in the household is eligible for free hot lunches for the rest of the school year, and for 30 operating days into the next school year. Milk to go with cold lunch does not fall under the free and reduced program – students must always pay for milk to go with cold lunch.
We send out monthly email statements letting you know your student’s lunch account balance. The following Unpaid Meal Charge Policy applies to the collection of negative hot lunch account balances:
- Families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced price meal benefit. The current-year Household Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals is always available in the school office – you can pick one up, or call to have one mailed to you. Any family that remains in a negative balance for a period of three months will receive a written notification to encourage them to apply for free or reduced price meal benefits. (See the Civil Rights Statement at the end of this page.)
- Families will be notified of the school’s Unpaid Meal Charge Policy in writing before the school year begins and with each new transfer student.
- Families whose accounts are overdue will receive an email stating how much is overdue and will be asked to pay immediately. If there is no response after three months, a bill will be sent via United States Postal Service. If there is no response to the mail, telephone calls will be made to attempt to collect the funds. All delinquent accounts at the beginning of May of the current school year will be subject to collections for payment.
- If a student brings money to purchase a reduced price or paid meal at the time of the meal service, the student must be provided a meal. Our Redeemer may not use the student’s money to repay previously unpaid charges if the student intended to use the money to purchase that day’s meal.
- Our Redeemer may continue to attempt repayment plans and to continue pursuing collection efforts when students change schools within the district or move to a new school outside the district. When local officials determine further collection efforts for delinquent debt are useless or too costly, the debt must be reclassified as “bad debt.”
The price for a hot lunch is subject to change each year, and will be communicated in the packet of information sent prior to the all-school registration in August, and also in the first few school newsletters.
All PK4 Full Day and Kindergarten students are required to purchase milk for the daily milk break. Families can pay for the milk break for the entire year, or per semester. The only exception is if the student has a milk allergy – please notify the school office if this is the case.
Afternoon milk is also available to all students in 1st through 8th grades, though it is optional, not required. Families can pay for the milk break for the entire year, or per semester.
The price for milk is subject to change each year, and will be communicated in the packet of information sent prior to the all-school registration in August, and also in the first few school newsletters.
The school also offers the opportunity for students in 1st through 8th grades to bring a “Nutritional Snack” item to eat at break time. Speak to your student’s teacher, the principal or the school office to see what are considered to be appropriate items for this snack break, or see the school’s Wellness Policy at http://orlcs.org/orlcs/wellness-policy/.
Summer Food Service Program
The Delavan-Darien School District offers a Summer Food Service Program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to children in the district during the summer months. Visit https://www.ddschools.org/, and search for “Summer Food Service Program,” to see a schedule of summer meal-serving locations and times.
Civil Rights 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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.