Tips for Parents
- We encourage parents to review menu choices with your child. We offer a variety of foods that are USDA approved and meet meal pattern requirements to fuel academic learning throughout the school day.
- We have an online payment system for à la carte items.
- Parents/Guardians must complete the school benefit application annually.This application provides more than meals at no cost or reduced cost. It provides funding for school programs, discounted internet services to schools, and equipment grants. Students can qualify to receive free/reduced school meals, waivers for SAT/ACT, and discounted internet/phone services.
- Food Safety and sanitation is a top priority for Child Nutrition Services. The Department of Health inspects all schools four times a year.
- Child Nutrition Services supports Florida farmers through our Farm to School Program. We provide fresh produce daily with an emphasis on local produce during the Florida growing season, October through May.
Special Dietary Needs
St. Lucie Public Schools wants to be a resource for your child’s menu selections when it comes to special needs. USDA regulation requires that students’ whose disabilities restrict their diets, substitutions or modifications can be made through the school meals program. Food allergies that are life threatening are defined as a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. An example would be a food allergy resulting in an anaphylactic reaction.
Students with Non-Life Threatening Dietary Needs
The USDA permits the Child Nutrition Services Program to make a food substitution, at their discretion, for individual children who do not have a medically documented disability, but who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need. The Child Nutrition Services Department will review all request for accommodations without a disability; however, these accommodations are based on the diet order submitted by a license physician. For any modifications made to a child’s diet through the Child Nutrition Program must have a completed diet order prior to the modification being implemented. This information is necessary for the Child Nutrition Services Department to be able to accurately make an accommodation or modify a student’s meal in any manner.
For additional information on providing meal accommodations, please contact Jennifer Muzzin – Child Nutrition Services Registered Dietician at (772) 429-6191.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
mail:U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
fax:(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or