FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


     
    1. How do I open a lunch account for my student?


    2. How do I deposit money into their account?

    3. Do you accept credit cards?


    4. If I send in cash with my student can he/she get change?


    5. What if I forget to send lunch money to school?


    6. How much do meals cost?


    7. My student has a life threatening food allergy / non-life threatening food allergy / physical disability; is there any way Food & Nutrition Services can help?


    8. Can we request food substitutions for Religious and/or personal reasons?


    9. How do I check what my student is buying with their meal account?


    10. If my student changes schools, does their money go with them?

    11. We are leaving the Manson School District, how do I get the money in my students meal account refunded to me?


    12. How do I apply for Free/Reduced lunches?


    13. Will my student’s pin number always be the same?


    14. What is considered a lunch and what is considered ala carte?

    15. Can my student buy extra food (ala carte)?


    16. Are school meals healthy?


    17. What is included with the price of a meal?


    18. My student is going on a field trip; can he/she get a sack lunch?

     


     
    1. How do I open a lunch account for my student?

    When you enroll your student in school they are automatically issued a Food Services meal account. They are assigned a 6 digit pin number which will be entered when they purchase food or drink.    

     
    2. How do I deposit money into their Food Services meal account? 
     Please send either cash or a check and give it to the Food Services Clerk. All siblings can be paid for in either building.

     
    3. Do you accept credit cards?  
     Not at the present time but we are working on that.
     
    4. If I send in cash with my student can he/she get change?
    That really depends. A minimum of change is kept at each school. They can only make change for small dollar amounts. If the student needs to be given change he/she needs to tell the cashier before handing them the money. The majority of all cash transactions are deposits, and the cashiers rarely give change unless it is asked for.
     
    5. What if I forget to send lunch money to school? 
     Students will be fed but please send lunch money as soon as possible.
     
    6. How much do meals cost?
     
    Elementary Prices  2015-2016

     
    Paid Student Breakfast - $1.50
    Reduced Student Breakfast - $0.00
    Paid Student Lunch - $2.05
    Reduced Student Lunch - $0.40

    Secondary Prices 2015-2016
     
    Paid Student Breakfast - $1.50
    Reduced Student Breakfast - $0.00
    Paid Student Lunch - $2.60
    Reduced Student Lunch - $0.40

     
    7. My student has a life threatening food allergy / non-life threatening food allergy / physical disability; is there any way Food & Nutrition Services can help?
    Substitution and/or accommodations can be made for students with Life Threatening allergies and/or Life Threatening physical disabilities. A Diet Prescription form or medical statement must be submitted to the Food Service office to allow the substitution. It must include: ­ An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition which restricts the child’s diet. ­ The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet ­ The food or choice of foods to be substituted. The Diet Prescription form or medical statement must be signed by your physician or recognized medical authority No substitutions can be made to our menus without either the Diet Prescription form or medical statement on file.  No substitutions are allowed for non-life threatening reasons.  Those students may take advantage of the other offerings that day and make their own substitutions.  
     
    8. Can we request food substitutions for religious and/or personal reasons?
     No. All food substitutions must be prescribed by your physician or medical authority for a Life Threatening medical reason.
     
    9. How do I check what my student is buying with their meal account?
    You may contact either the Food Service staff at your school or the Food Service Office. We would be happy to print off a report and either mail, e-mail, or send it home with your child.
    You may also check all of their account activity online through the Family Access Portal of the school districts website. Just click the Food Service tab on the left side of the screen.  From there you may print a Customer Meal Statement if you wish.
     
    10. If my student changes schools, does their money go with them?
    Yes, if they change schools within the Manson School District their money and free/reduced status will follow them.
     
    11. We are leaving the Manson School District, how do I have the money in my students meal account refunded to me?
    Please contact the Food Service office:  (360) 396-3279. Refunds will be given. Please allow 6-8 weeks for the check to be mailed to you.
     
    12. How do I apply for Free/ Reduced lunches?
    The Manson School District participates in the National School Breakfast & Lunch Program.
    You may apply for Free / Reduced meals at any time during the school year. 
    Applications are available in your school office and in the Food Service office. Most students will also have an application sent home with them the first week of school.
     
    ~Fill out the application as completely as possible (one application per household) including:  
    All students' full names w/schools they attend and their personal income
    Names of all members of the household with their incomes
    Case numbers for Basic Food,TANF, FDPIR or either the student or family member
    Signature of an adult household member
    Social Security Number of signer (last 4 only)
     
    ~If your student receives Basic Food or TANF you must include the case number on the application (no SSN# is needed).
    ~If your student is a foster child please check the box marked Foster Child.
    Have your student take it to the Food Service Clerk. We have 10 business days to process the application (it usually takes 24-48 hours).
     
    You are responsible for all charges until your application is approved.
     

    Once you have been approved, in order to receive the free/reduced rate, your student must choose a complete meal. That means 3 out of the 4 four food items, in the appropriate amounts at breakfast and 3 out of the 5 food items in the appropriate amounts at lunch. They will also be required to take at least 1/2 cup of fruit & or vegetables with lunch in order for it to be considered a complete meal.
    Anything else will be considered Ala Carte and your student will be charged accordingly.
     
    A new application must be submitted each school year (It cannot be submitted on last years form). Your child’s status from the prior year will roll over to the next school year for the first 30 school days or until we receive a new application. After the 30 days a new application must be on file. All charges accrued between when the old one expires and the new one is approved are the parent and/or guardians responsibility to pay back.
     
    13. Will my student’s pin number always be the same? 
    Yes, they will keep the same number until they move away from the Manson School District or graduate.
     
    14. What is considered a Lunch and what is considered Ala Carte?
    A “lunch” is 3 out of the 5 food components in the appropriate amounts (grains, dairy, fruit, vegetables, meat/meat alternative). Most entrees account for 2 food components. Students are required to choose 1/2 cup of a fruit and/or vegetable. Everything else is considered ala carte and will be priced accordingly.
     
    15. Can my student buy extra food (Ala Carte)?
     Elementary students may buy with their meal accounts; breakfast, lunch and milk. 
    Secondary students may use their meal account to buy any food/snack items available to them. If you do not wish for them to use their meal account in this manner please contact your Food Service Clerk and ask to speak with her. Please go to the Secondary Menu link for pricing on Ala Carte items.
     
    16. Are school meals healthy?
    Great question! Yes, Manson School menus offer the recommended daily allowance of nutrients by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Guidelines. Breakfast contributes ¼ of the USDA’s daily nutrient requirements and Lunch contributes 1/3. In addition, NK School menus are analyzed by computer software to ensure that certain nutrient levels are met.  
     
    17. What is included with the price of a meal?
    Lunch includes: 1-2 oz. protein, 1-2 servings of bread/grains, 1/2 cup vegetables, 1/2 cup fruit, 8 oz. milk.  Breakfast includes: 1 oz. bread/grains, 1 oz. protein Or2 oz. bread/grains PLUS ½ cup juice, 1/2 cup fruit and 8 oz. milk.  Anything else your student wishes to choose will be considered Ala-Carte and will be priced accordingly.