NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. Burch Charter School of Excellence participates in the National School Lunch Program.
NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL MEALS
Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by the First Lady and signed by President Obama, USDA made the first major changes in school meals in 15 years, which will help us raise a healthier generation of children.
The new standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools. These responsible reforms do what’s right for children’s health in a way that’s achievable in schools across the Nation.
LUNCH/ BREAKFAST PROGRAMS
Breakfast is served each morning between 7:30-7:45. No breakfast will be served after this time. The regular cost of breakfast is $1.25 and the regular cost of lunch is $2.20. Free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch are available for those who qualify. The reduced-price for breakfast is $.30 and $.40 for lunch.
For students who do not receive free meals, payment must be paid to the main office. All parents will be given receipts. Parents are responsible for keeping records of all receipts and payments for any possible disputes or discrepancies.
Monthly bills will be sent out to each parent stating current balances and credits. All balances must be paid promptly. If balances are not paid, the student will not be served a hot lunch until all balances are satisfied. Instead a cold cheese sandwich will be served.
A completed application must be on file before your child can participate in the breakfast or lunch program. Students who do not participate in the lunch program may bring lunch from home. No glass containers or bottles. Please pack nutritious food for your child.