Meridian School Lunch

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School Lunch Payments:
Meridian School utilizes a program through Heartland Solutions called My School Bucks to receive lunch payments from students and staff. Every student and staff member on campus has an account initiated with My School Bucks as a way to keep record of all lunches or a la carte items purchased each day. This also helps the Meridian Café keep track of any meals sold to students or staff members who have forgotten their lunch for that day. In order to complete the set up of a student or staff lunch account, please follow these simple steps listed here.
 
At Meridian School, we believe that a healthy diet positively impacts academic achievement.
Since good nutrition is an essential part of learning and leading a balanced life, Meridian School will actively work to ensure meals served in the school cafeteria meet or exceed health guidelines for all students. The cafeteria will not serve or provide access for students to Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value as defined by the US Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture.
 
Purchasing Food in the Primary Meridian Café
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Our primary students are still learning about different foods and how to create a balanced lunch. In the Primary Meridian Café, our Kinder through Fifth Grade students will receive what is called a Straight Serve Plate. This means that students will be able to select their Protein/Meat or Meat Alternate and their choice of 1% or skim milk, and all the other options that day will go on their tray. This serving method helps to ensure that every student receives the 5 components of a lunch: Grain, Meat/Meat Alternate, Vegetable, Fruit, and Milk. Straight Serve also creates an opportunity for our students to become a Risk Taker by trying new items! Please note that there will be a Share Bin for unwanted whole fruits and milk. Any student, whether they have purchased a school lunch or have brought a lunch from home, can take and consume foods left in the share bin.
 
Purchasing Food in the Secondary Meridian Café
Our secondary students have many choices when it comes to lunch. We offer several different cold, pre-packed, grab-n-go options, and typically two different protein choices in the cafeteria lines each day. We also offer healthy A la Carte options that can supplement a purchased school lunch or packed lunch brought from home. Any student or staff member wishing to purchase A la Carte items MUST have positive funds on their account; this includes any
persons with a Free or Reduced Lunch account. A la Carte items are extra food items outside of a planned meal that can be used as a supplement to any meal. These items are not designed to replace a properly balanced lunch. The Meridian Café Staff know and understand that some of our students go through periods of growth and can feel more hungry than usual. Any student or staff member who purchases a meal are able to receive second helpings on Fruit and Vegetables at no extra charge. The only caveat is that the first or previous portion served be consumed before requesting second helpings. We are not able to offer Fruit and Vegetables to students who pack a lunch for free at this time. These students or staff members may purchase extra sides of their choice for an A la Carte price. Second helpings of Main Entrée options can be purchased by any student or staff member at an A la Carte price after the first or previous portion has been consumed. Please note that the A la Carte pricing still applies; any student or staff member wishing to purchase extra items, A la Carte items, or second helpings of Main Entrees MUST have positive funds on their accounts.
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Forgotten Lunch Policy

At Meridian, we understand that mornings can be hectic, and sometimes a packed lunch can be forgotten. If a student is unable to reach a parent or guardian to supply a lunch, we promise that student will not go hungry! We will ensure that our students will receive a healthy and tasty school lunch. At this time, we will charge the student’s lunch account and contact the parents or guardians via email with the most up to date lunch account balance. 

Dropped Lunch or Spoiled Food Policy

In the event that a student has dropped or spilled their school lunch ​OR packed lunch ​before they have had the chance to consume it, the Meridian Café will replace their meal for free. A notice will be sent to the parents or guardians via email.​

In the event that a student has a spoiled lunch, this will be determined by administration and staff members that monitor the cafeteria, and a school lunch will be provided. A notice will be sent to the parents or guardians via email. 
 

Negative Account Balances

At Meridian World School, we do not believe in taking away food from students/children. If a student is hungry and has a negative account balance, they will still be fed, happily! Please note that the Food Services Director will immediately contact parents or guardians, first by email, then by phone call, and finally by mail to discuss the charges on the account. If our efforts fail, the Meridian School District Business Office will proceed to contact parents/guardians in an effort to reduce debt. Our school lunch program is designed to be self-sufficient. This means that our kitchen staff and program Director work diligently to offer a fresh and scratch made meals every day without requiring extra funds from our school budget. It is imperative that every family understands that we cannot afford to have unpaid school lunch balances. Our District must cover any negative accounts and allow our lunch program to enter each school year debt free. These funds take away from any programs that would normally go towards educational programs or supplemental needs to support our teaching staff. Simply said, we cannot afford to give food away for free and continue to have a successful food program at our amazing school.



 
 
Meridian participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for those families that qualify. 
 
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides lunches to more than 3 million Texas children in school and residential child care institutions.The NSLP serves nutritious, low-cost or free lunches to students in public and non-profit private schools in Texas. Lunches must meet federal nutrition guidelines, and are reimbursable to schools based on number of meals served.
Applications to qualify for Free of Reduced-price meals are available in the offices of the Primary School and the Secondary School. 

 

USDA prohibits discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, disability, limited English proficiency, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from a public assistance program. In programs that receive Federal financial assistance from USDA, discrimination is prohibited on the bases of race, color, religious creed, sex, political beliefs, age, disability, national origin, or limited English proficiency. (Not all bases apply to all programs.) Reprisal is prohibited based on prior civil rights activity.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any
USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

El Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (por sus siglas en inglés “USDA”) prohíbe la discriminación contra sus clientes, empleados y solicitantes de empleo por raza, color, origen nacional, edad, discapacidad, sexo, identidad de género, religión, represalias y, según corresponda, convicciones políticas, estado civil, estado familiar o paternal, orientación sexual, o si los ingresos de una persona provienen en su totalidad o en parte de un programa de asistencia pública, o información genética protegida de empleo o de cualquier programa o actividad realizada o financiada por el Departamento. (No todos los criterios prohibidos se aplicarán a todos los programas y/o actividades laborales).Si desea presentar una queja por discriminación del programa de Derechos Civiles, complete el USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (formulario de quejas por discriminación del programa del USDA), que puede encontrar en internet en http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, o en cualquier oficina del USDA, o llame al (866) 632-9992 para solicitar el formulario. También puede escribir una carta con toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Envíenos su formulario de queja completo o carta por correo postal a U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication,1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410,
por fax al (202) 690-7442 o por correo electrónico a program.intake@usda.gov.

Las personas sordas, con dificultades auditivas, o con discapacidad del habla pueden contactar al USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service (Servicio federal de transmisión) al (800) 877-8339 o (800) 845-6136 (en español).

El USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Meridian School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, athletic, or artistic ability, or the district the child would otherwise attend without regard to disability or handicapping condition, in administration or educational policies, admission and hiring policies and other school administered programs.