School Dining and Nutrition Program

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Administrative Review of the District School Nutrition Program

Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application for SY 2019

MSAD#35 Letter to Parents for Free and Reduced Price School Meals SY 201…

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Serving the communities of ELIOT & SOUTH BERWICK
Mary C. Nash, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

As a school district, our top priority is the education and well being of the children of MSAD 35. That education is supported through a number of operational departments, including our Food Services Department. Over the past few months, a great deal of time has been spent reviewing the operations, service, menus and financial records of our Food Service Department. Valuable information has been gathered that will help our food service program evolve over the next few years. One financial issue that has been identified is the number of outstanding meal account balances some of our students have at the end of each school year. Last year, the district had over $11,000 in accounts whose balances were in arrears.

In an effort to find a balance between supporting students and families of MSAD 35 and ensuring a financially sustainable school food service program, MSAD 35 will be instituting some new breakfast and lunch procedures. As in past years, we are requesting parents to pre-pay for meals using our system or paying directly at your child’s school. The reality is that sometimes, for any number of reasons, student accounts run into a negative account balance. As a district we understand that each family has unique financial circumstances. In order to find a balanced approach in grades K to 8, students at the Elementary Schools through Marshwood Middle School will be permitted to run a negative balance up to $30.00. The $30.00 limit was calculated by the approximate cost of a child eating lunch and breakfast for one week. Once a child reaches a negative account balance of $30.00, they will receive an alternative meal at a reduced cost. Marshwood High School will continue to operate on a pay as you go system that has been in place over the past few years.

Neither the district nor the Federal Government wants any children to go hungry and not eat lunch. Educational research strongly correlates positive nutrition and a student’s academic progress. We feel that the approach we have outlined is balanced and will provide some support and flexibility for families, while strengthening the fiscal management of the department.

If your family is in need of financial support, please contact Steve Baldoumas with regards to the Free and Reduced Lunch Program or your child’s Guidance Counselor. It is important to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application even if you are not sure your family will qualify. This allows our district to provide additional support to students.

Thank you for your on-going support and understanding! Please let me know if you require any additional information.

John Caverly
Chief Operations Officer, MSAD 35
180 Depot Road
Eliot ME 03903
TEL 207.439.2438 ~ FAX 207.439.2531






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