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SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM: 

The Chickasaw City School System is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge.  Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided at Chickasaw High School, 50 Chieftain Way, Chickasaw, AL 36611 from June 6, 2016 to July 28, 2016.  Serving times are from 11:00 am – 1:00pm Monday through Thursday, daily. 


FOR PUBLIC RELEASE:

Release Date June 20, 2016 - Saraland City School System today announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program, local school officials have adopted the household size and income criteria for determining eligibility posted for full public release under the
 Documents section in the left column.  Saraland City School System is committed to providing affordable, student friendly, nutritious meals that meet all state and federal guidelines. 


APPLYING FOR REDUCED AND FREE PRICE SCHOOL MEALS:  You may apply online or complete a paper application.  Remember, only ONE application per household is necessary.

Online applications are entered at www.paypams/onlineapp - You will receive a confirmation number for the application.  To check the application status, log into your account at PayPAMS.com and go to My Account Settings/Check Online Application Status.  It may take a few days to process the application and for the message to appear in your PayPAMS account.

Visit the Documents section for links to paper applications.  Print, complete, sign, and submit the form to your child's school.  Only one application per household is necessary.

Free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches are provided for families who qualify. To qualify, families must apply and meet federal income eligibility guidelines which are revised and published annually.  Free or reduced price meals may be applied for at any time during the school year. A life change such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, unemployment, SNAP (formerly food stamps) or TANF eligibility may alter eligibility status. Note: Eligibility is determined based on Federal Income Guidelines. For additional information on the Federal Income Guidelines, click here.


NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


 Las agencias estatales o locales de SNAP y FDPIR, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

  De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, credo religioso, discapacidad, edad, creencias políticas, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

  Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o con discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] llamando al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

  Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

  (1)  correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3)   correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

  Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.


IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY MEAL CHOICES: A good meal is not only essential to academic achievement, it is also part of a good education.  Good nutrition is critical to student achievement.  Research has shown that hungry children cannot learn.  Hungry children are lethargic, irritable, and have shorter attention spans.  Nutrition habits and food preferences acquired now will be with children throughout their life. 

Healthy Eating Made Easy (Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama): Learning to make smart meal choices can help improve nutrition, weight managment, and save money at the same time. Suggestions include:

1.  Eat out less often. The perceived value of larger portions at restaurants and fast food outlets is outweighed by the money spent on diets, weight loss books, gyms and fitness fads.
2.  Choose frozen. The vibrant color of frozen foods indicates antioxidants and vitamins – they contain just as much nutrition as fresh. Buy frozen produce in bulk, and store in your freezer.
3.  Buy local. Check out your local farmers’ market for fruits and vegetables that are in season and locally grown. They are often free of pesticides and less expensive than grocery store produce.
4.  Drink water instead of soda. Not only is water healthier for you, it’s free!
5.  Get your protein. Eat eggs, beans or tuna for a cheaper alternative to meat. All of these are full of protein and vitamins. 

From Wallet to Waistline (Source: Alabama Department of Public Health): Have you ever noticed that you only spend a few cents more to get a larger size of fries or soft drink?  Getting a larger portion of food for just a little extra money may seem like a good value, but you end up with more food, fat and calories than you need. 
The hidden costs of super-sizing:
1.  Super-size your french fries: An extra 64 cents buys 330 more calories.
2.  Super-size your regular soft drink:  An exra 60 cents buys 260 more calories.
3.  If you choose the combo hamburger meal rather than a burger: An extra $1.41 buys 660 more calories.
4.  If you choose the medium unbuttered movie popcorn rather than the small: 71 cents buys 500 more calories. 
Before you buy your next "value combo," be sure you are making the best choice for your health and wallet.  If you are with someone else, share the large size meal.  If you are eating alone, skip the special deal and order just what you need.  Research shows when people are served more food, they eat more food! 


 


CONTACTS

Mrs. Kay Johnson 251.375.5420
Child Nutrition Director Email Mrs. Kay Johnson
Mrs. Pam Patterson 251.375.5420
Child Nutrition Program Specialist Email Mrs. Pam  Patterson
Mrs. Rhonda Hennis 251.679.5817
Manager, Saraland Elementary School Email Mrs. Rhonda Hennis
Mrs. Sadie Lofton 251.679.9467
Manager, Saraland Middle School Email Mrs. Sadie Lofton
Mrs. Penelope Morton 251.602.8977
Manager, Saraland High School Email Mrs. Penelope Morton