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MEAL PRICES 2015-16

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ's 

 

What exactly is included in my childís meal?

 

How come there appears to be a lot of fried foods on the menu?

 

Why chocolate milk is served every day?

 

Why are our meal costs higher than that of other school districts locally?

 

Why are there so many meals that are from processed foods?

 

How can I apply for the reduced meal plan?

 

Will my child(ren) be singled out for being on Free or Reduced?

 

Do I have to fill out a separate application for each of my children?

 

Do I have to supply wage verification when applying for the free or reduced meals?

 

Does the application need to be filled out completely?

 

I forgot to complete the application and we would have been qualified for last month, can you change the approval date for me?

 

If my income changes during the year and increases do I need to report the changes?

 

May I apply for Free or Reduced at any time or is it just one time per year?

 

Questions that frequently come up with the application process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What exactly is included in my childís meal?

 

 

Breakfast

Meat/protein  and bread choice combined or separate 

1 fruit or vegetable.

8 oz fluid milk. 

A student in may decline 1 meal component at breakfast time but is encouraged to take the full meal.

 

Lunch

Meat/ protein item (cottage cheese or yogurt)

Bread

2 servings of fruits and or vegetables or a combination of the 2

8 oz Fluid Milk

A student may decline up to 2 meal components but is encouraged to take the full meal offered to them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How come there appears to be a lot of fried foods on the menu. 

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The school district does not own any deep fryers and the food items commonly thought to be deep fried are actually oven baked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is chocolate milk served every day?  

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The chocolate milk we serve is skim milk.  It does have 2 ĺ tsp more sugar in it but we would much rather see the students getting the necessary calcium and dairy needs than not at all.  Information nationally has shown that schools which do not allow flavored milk lose 37% milk consumption and this is at a time when our children need the calcium the most.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why are our meal costs higher than that of other school districts locally?  

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The BVSD child nutrition program has 6 full service kitchens and does not satellite foods out from a central kitchen.  This increases labor and equipment costs.  The food is prepared on site providing a high quality meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why are there so many meals that are from processed foods? 

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We want to serve meals the students will eat.  In this day and age we are seeing fewer homemade meals and more meals eaten out.  We need to slowly swing the pendulum back to scratch cooking.  It took some time to get to this point and it will take some time for us to swing it back.  We need to work together on this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will my child(ren) be singled out for being on Free or Reduced? 

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No. We are required to keep all information confidential.  There are 2 employees with access to who is on the Free and Reduced Meal program.  We find that students are the ones telling the cashier they are on Free or Reduced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have to fill out a separate application for each of my children?   

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No, one application for the family is all that is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have to supply wage verification when applying for the free or reduced meals? 

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No, at time of application only a completed form s required.  Wage verifications occurs through a random verification process required by the NSLP (National School Lunch Program) and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).  If selected then all income verifications are required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does the application need to be filled out completely? 

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Yes, all people living in the home must be included and all income reported.  Signature and all other pertinent information needs to be provided prior to being approved.  If all information is not included it may delay the processing of the application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I forgot to complete the application and we would have been qualified for last month, can you change the approval date for me? 

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No.  The date the application is turned in to the Child Nutrition Department is the date when it is approved  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If my income changes during the year and increases do I need to report the changes? 

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No, in 2008 USDA changed a guideline starting once approved for a school year you do not need to call in or provide further information. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May I apply for Free or Reduced at any time or is it just one time per year? 

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You may apply any time during the school year.  If there are changes in the family unit, such as birth of another child, death of an income source, job layoff or termination, long illness, divorce or any other means, you may reapply.  One example given is a family did not qualify in September and the spouse was just laid off from work.  You may reapply for a temporary approval which changes over to a regular approval if no other source of income transpires. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can I apply for the free and reduced meal plan?

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Application for free and reduced meals :it must be printed and filled out with an original signature and turned in to the Child Nutrition Department. The child nutrition address is:

300 S Splitrock Blvd

Brandon, SD

57005

                                           

 

 

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Applications need to be updated annually at the start of each school year.  these is a 30 day grace period that takes places to get all of the     information in to the school.  If you have not reapplied in the time  your family will  reverted to a paid status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Menu

  

Brandon Valley Nutrislice Menus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAYMENTS:

 

Payment Options:

There are a variety of ways a family may make payment to the meal account, cash, check, credit card payments online through Family Access or through your local bank a bill pay option. 

 

In order for the lunch lines to move as quickly as possible change is not given back when a student is paying with cash.  This keeps the meal service moving and assures parents the money given to the student is placed in the account.

When will the money be applied to the account?  We apply all transactions the day received.  You may not see the payment online right away until after the accounting system is updated for the day. 

 

How do I know when my child needs more money for the lunch account?  There are verbal reminders given to all MS and HS students daily when the account balance is  $10.00 or less.  Elementary students have a green $ sign stamp placed on their hands as the reminder to let parents know money is needed.

We do have an email account notification system that alerts families to the balances of $10.00 or less.  This only works through regular email accounts, the ďfreeĒ email accounts are not recognized by our system and will not send notification.  Examples: hotmail, yahoo or aol accounts.

 

We make every effort in applying money to the correct account,  There are many names the same with first and last or families who pay for others, therefore we ask for student ID (PIN#) be included with all transactions.  This is a 4 digit number assigned to all students in the Brandon Valley School District.  This number remains the same through all their years in school. 

 

I have 3 students in the district all in various schools. Do I need to write 3 separate checks for them?  No, we use a family account system so there is only 1 payment needed to be made per family unit.

 

How can I check what my children have on hand in their balance?  You may use family access to see what the balance is and also what the students have been spending per meal/per day.  In the foodservice side of Family Access only the main payer may see the balances for privacy reasons.

 

Why is my child telling me they need money for their lunch account when he/she is receiving Free meals?  Two meals are provided, breakfast and lunch.  The family is required to pay for anything over and above the meals such as morning milk breaks in the elementary school or for any ďExtrasĒ the student may purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Child Nutrition Staff by location

 

District Director:

Gay Anderson

582-3926   

or 1-800-201-3972

Gay.Anderson@k12.sd.us

 

Brandon Elementary

Kristi Gregersen

582-7164

Kristi.Gregersen@k12.sd.us

 

Valley Springs Elementary

Julie Kirby
582-8027

Julie.Kirby@k12.sd.us

 

BV Middle School
Lynette Holm
582-7205

Lynette.Holm@k12.sd.us

 

 

Fred Assam Elementary
Angel Dunham

582-1503

Angel.Dunham@k12.sd.us

 

Robert Bennis Elementary
Karen Lenz

582-8014

Karen.Lenz@k12.sd.us

 

BV High School
Julie Nelson

582-7286
Julie.Nelson@k12.sd.us
 

BV Intermediate School
Laurie Veld


Laurie.Veld@k12.sd.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Diets or Allergy information

 

The Brandon Valley School District works with families in providing the necessary meals and accommodations for those who have proper documentation from a Physician for the allergy or health concerns listed.   Special Diet Prescription forms must be submitted annually at the beginning of the school year so that we have the most up to date information in providing the student the meal needed.

 

Forms maybe found on this site for your Physician to complete. 

Allergies and special dietary needs must be discussed with the Child Nutrition Department Director so that all concerns are properly addressed.  Questions arise often such as, is this considered food intolerance or a food allergy?  By having all information on hand in a file we are able to better work with our families with specific needs.

Peanut and Tree Nut allergies have become more prevalent in recent years and our district DOES NOT knowingly serve items with peanut butter or tree nuts in them.  We look at all labels and make sure our students with peanut or tree nut allergies are not served something that is even processed in a facility.  We then substitute something of a like nature for the student. 

 

We take the dietary concerns very seriously and have space dedicated to the preparation of special diets and labeling them for the proper student to receive.  We work on cross contamination and label reading, making sure we do our very best to take care of your child and our students.

 

Menus are now being marked with an asterisk when we know of items specifically made in facilities where there are peanut and tree nuts.  We also make note of days when there is pork on the menu for those with religious obligations as to not consume.

 

The department sends out an email to families who have a child on a special diet so that they may help communicate the special meals and requirements for us on the days the child will be eating with us. 

 

Special Diet Form
This must be completed for any special diet requests that will require a food substitution as well as for any students with a food allergy that require an epi-pen at school. *Physician Signature Required*

Download the Diet Prescriptions form here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions that frequently come up with the application process

 

 

Who can get free or reduced price meals?

 

Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

 

My childís application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one?

 

Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free meals?

 

I get WIC or Medicaid. Can my child(ren) get free meals?

 

We are in the military, do we include our housing allowance as income?

 

My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is the combat pay counted as income?

 

Will the information I give be checked?

 

Will you tell anyone else about the information on my form?

 

If I donít qualify now, may I apply again later?

 

What if I do not agree with the districtís decision about my application?

 

What if my child needs special foods?

 

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?

 

Who should I include as members of my household?

 

What if my income is not always the same?

 

My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who can get free or reduced price meals?

 

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Children in households getting SNAP, TANF, or benefits from the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and most foster children can get free meals regardless of your income. Children in Head Start receive free meals at Head Start. If your household income is within the limits on the Income Guidelines chart, children can get free or reduced price meals. If you received a letter from Social Services or an Interagency Notification from the commodity warehouse, turn that into the school/center instead of filling out an application. You can write the names of other children from your household on that letter and they will get free meals, too. If you did not receive an FDPIR Notification, you can ask for one from the certifier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

 

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Usually not. Complete the application to apply for free or reduced price meals. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household except foster children. Foster children must have a separate application. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. The school can give you more application forms if you need them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My childís application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one?

 

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Yes. Your childís application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must submit a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free meals?

 

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Please call the school's homeless liaison or migrant coordinator, Marge Hauser at (605)582-3211 to see if your child(ren) qualifies, if you have not been informed that they will get free meals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I get WIC or Medicaid. Can my child(ren) get free meals?

 

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Children in households participating in WIC or from household that get Medicaid may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application and list your income and family members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are in the military, do we include our housing allowance as income?

 

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If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. All other allowances must be included in your gross income.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is the combat pay counted as income?

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No, if the combat pay is received in addition to the basic pay because of deployment and it wasnít received before deployment, combat pay is not counted as income. Contact your school for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will the information I give be checked?

 

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Yes, we may ask you to send written proof of the information you give.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will you tell anyone else about the information on my form?

 

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We will use the information on your form to decide if your children should get free or reduced price meals. We may inform officials associated with other child nutrition, health, and education programs of the information on your form to determine benefits for those programs or for funding and/or evaluation purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I donít qualify now, may I apply again later?

 

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Yes. You may apply at any time during the year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), FDPIR, or TANF. If you lose your job, children may be able to get free or reduced price meals during the time you are unemployed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if I do not agree with the districtís decision about my application?

 

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You should talk to district officials by calling or writing to Ty Hentschel, 300 S Splitrock Blvd, Brandon, SD 57005, Phone: (605)- 582-2058 or 1-888-201-3972.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if my child needs special foods?

 

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The district will make substitutions to the regular meal pattern for children whose disability restricts their diet when aphysician certifies that disability. The staff may choose to make substitutions for individual children who do not have a disability, but who cannot eat a food item due to medical or other special dietary needs that are supported by a certified medical authority. These cases will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please call the school/center food service department for further information to request the special diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?

 

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Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who should I include as members of my household?

 

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You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, otherrelatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if my income is not always the same?

 

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List the amount that you normally get. For example, if you normally get $1000 each month, but you missed somework last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, write it down , but do not write it down if you get overtime only sometimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for?

 

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To find out how to apply for SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office.  If you have other questions or need help, call (605)-582-3926 or 1-888-201-3972 (Toll Free)

 

 

 

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