1.        Purpose

The Board recognizes that students require adequate, nourishing food and beverages in order to grow, learn and maintain good health. The Board directs that students shall be provided with adequate space and time to eat meals during the school day.

2.        Authority

        2 CFR Part 200         24 P.S. 1335

      24 P.S. 1337  

      24 P.S. 504

      24 P.S. 807.1

      42 U.S.C. 1751

        et seq  

      42 U.S.C. 1773

      7 CFR Part 210,

         215, 220                                   

The food service program shall be operated in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations, as well as federal guidelines established by the Child Nutrition Division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

        FNS Instruction         113-1 (USDA)

      7 CFR 210.23

The district shall ensure that, in the operation of the food service program, no student, staff member, or other individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

        24 P.S. 504

        42 U.S.C. 1760


Food sold by the school may be purchased by students and district employees but only for consumption on school premises. The price charged to students shall be established annually by the district in compliance with state and federal laws.

        42 U.S.C. 1760

      7 CFR 210.14

Non-program food shall be priced to generate sufficient revenues to cover the cost of such items. A non-program food shall be defined as a food or beverage, other than a reimbursable meal or snack that is sold at the school and is purchased using funds from the child nutrition account. Non-program foods include but are not limited to adult meals and a-la-carte items. All revenue from the sale of non-program food shall accrue to the child nutrition program account.

3.        Delegation of         Responsibility

Operation and supervision of the food service program shall be the responsibility of the Food Services Director.


        24 P.S. 504

The individual responsible for the operation and supervision of the food service program shall present to the Board each month for its approval a statement of receipts and expenditures for cafeteria funds.

        24 P.S. 1337, 504

Cafeterias shall be operated on a nonprofit basis. A periodic review of the cafeteria accounts shall be made by the Business Manager.

        24 P.S. 1335,

       1337, 504

      42 U.S.C. 1751,


      7 CFR Part 210,

        215, 220


The individual responsible for the operation and supervision of the food service program shall ensure that school meals meet the standards required by the School Breakfast Program, the National School Lunch Program and the Special Milk Program.

        3 Pa. CSA 5713

      42 U.S.C. 1758(h)

      7 CFR 210.13

      7 CFR 210.30

The Superintendent or designee shall comply with state and federal requirements for conducting cafeteria health and safety inspections and ensuring employee participation in appropriate inspection services and training programs.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and disseminate administrative regulations to implement this policy.

        FNS Instruction         113-1 (USDA)

The Superintendent or designee shall annually notify students, parents/guardians, and employees concerning the contents of this policy and applicable administrative regulations. Notification shall include information related to nondiscrimination.

4.        Guidelines

        Pol. 246

To reinforce the district's commitment to nutrition and student wellness, foods served in school cafeterias shall:

  1. Be carefully selected to contribute to students' nutritional well-being and health.

  1. Meet the nutrition standards specified in law and regulations and approved by the Board.

  1. Be prepared by methods that will retain nutritive quality, appeal to students, and foster lifelong healthy eating habits.

  1. Be served in age-appropriate quantities, at reasonable prices.

The district shall use USDA Foods for school menus available under the Child Nutrition USDA Foods Programs.

        24 P.S. 504

All funds derived from the operation, maintenance or sponsorship of the food service program shall be deposited in the separate cafeteria fund, in the same manner as other district funds. Such funds shall be expended in the manner approved and directed by the Board, but no amount shall be transferred from the cafeteria fund to any other account or fund; however, district advances to the food service program may be returned to the district's general fund from any surplus resulting from its operation.

        24 P.S. 504

Surplus accounts shall be used only for the improvement and maintenance of the cafeteria.


        Pol. 610, 626, 827

Procurement of goods or services for the food service program shall meet the requirements of applicable law, regulations and Board policy and procedures.

Free/Reduced-Price Meals And Free Milk

        42 U.S.C. 1758

        7 CFR Part 245

The district shall provide free and reduced-price meals and/or free milk to students in accordance with the terms and conditions of the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and the Special Milk Program.

Accommodating Students With Special Dietary Needs

        7 CFR 15b.40

      Pol. 103.1, 113,


The district shall make appropriate food service and/or meal accommodations to students with special dietary needs in accordance with applicable law, regulations and Board policy.

School Food Safety Inspections

        42 U.S.C. 1758h

      7 CFR 210.13

      7 CFR 220.7

The district shall obtain two (2) safety inspections per year in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

The district shall post the most recent inspection report and release a copy of the report to members of the public, upon request.

School Food Safety Program

        7 CFR Part 210,

         Part 220

      42 U.S.C. 1758h

The district shall comply with federal requirements in developing a food safety program that enables district schools to take systematic action to prevent or minimize the risk of foodborne illness among students.

        7 CFR 210.13

      7 CFR 220.7,



The district shall maintain proper sanitation and health standards in food storage, preparation and service, in accordance with applicable state and local laws and regulations and federal food safety requirements.

Professional Standards For Food Service Personnel

        42 U.S.C. 1751,


      7 CFR 210.30,



The district shall comply with the professional standards for school food service personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. For purposes of this policy, professional standards include hiring standards for new food service program directors and annual continuing education/training for all individuals involved in the operation and administration of school meal programs. Such professional standards shall apply to both district-operated food service programs and contracted food service programs.

School Meal Charges and Accounts

To ensure the effective operation of the district’s food service program, the district establishes the following guidelines for payment of student school meals:  

The district shall assign individual accounts to each student for the purchase of meals served in school cafeterias, which ensure that the identity of each student is protected.

The district shall notify students and/or parents/guardians when the student’s account reaches a low balance.

The district shall notify students and/or parents/guardians when the student’s account reaches a negative balance.  The notice shall include a description of the consequences for failure to make payment.

The district shall provide students and/or parents/guardians with information on payment options and free and reduced-price meals and/or free milk.

The district may permit students to charge a meal, impose a limit on charged meals and/or offer a reimbursable or alternate meal when the student forgets or loses his/her money or when his/her account has insufficient funds.  Appropriate modifications to an alternate meal shall be made when required by the student’s documented special dietary need.

This policy and any applicable procedures or administrative regulations regarding meal charges shall be communicated annually to school administrators, school food service personnel, other appropriate school staff and contracted food service personnel.

The district shall provide parents/guardians with a written copy of this policy and any applicable procedures or administrative regulations at the start of each school year, when a student enrolls in school after the start of the school year, and when a parent/guardian is notified of a negative balance.

The district shall annually inform parents/guardians, students and staff about the contents of this policy and any applicable procedures via the district website, student handbooks, newsletters, posted notices and/or other efficient communication methods.

Collection of Unpaid Meal Charges

Reasonable efforts shall be made by the district to collect unpaid meal charges from parents/guardians.  Efforts taken in the collection shall not have a negative impact on the student involved, but shall focus primarily on the parents/guardians responsible for providing funds for meal purchases.


School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 504, 807.1, 1335, 1337

Food Protection – 3 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 5713

National School Lunch Program – 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1751 et seq., 1758,

      1758(h), 1760

School Breakfast Program – 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1773

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 – P.L. 111-296

Uniform Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards, Title 2, Code of         Federal Regulations – 2 CFR Part 200

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs or Activities Receiving         Federal Financial Assistance, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations – 7 CFR

        Part 15

National Food Service Programs, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations –

        7 CFR Parts 15b.40, 210, 210.9, 210.13, 210.14, 210.15, 210.23, 210.30,

       215, 220, 220.7

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Instruction         113-1

Board Policy – 103, 103.1, 113, 209.1, 246, 610, 626, 827

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