STUDENT NUTRITION

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All Students Eat at No Charge

Summer Meals

Breakfast

National School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Graduate Arkansas School District participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and is held to a high standard of accountability, good nutrition and safety. Eating breakfast and lunch will enable students to be better prepared to learn in the classroom.

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

The Graduate Arkansas School District is pleased to announce the district's policy for providing meals at NO CHARGE for all students participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program, regardless of eligibility category, during the 2022-2023 school term unless otherwise notified. This is made possible through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Special Assistance Certification and Reimbursement CEP Alternative.

Federal reimbursement for meals is based on the percentage of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, homeless, runaway and migrant students on file for 2020-2021 Base Year for the district. This information is filed and maintained at the school to ensure the strict confidentiality of each document and must remain safely filed for the entirety of the school district's CEP status. The information will be made available only to State and Federal officials for review. All adults, e.g., visitors, teachers, support staff members, and administrators for the district must assume the full cost of the meal which is $2.50 for Breakfast and $4.35 for Lunch.

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Meal Modification:

A medical statement is required when a meal modification that is outside of the

USDA Meal Pattern is requested, unless the school obtains written medical

verification of the impairment during the IEP/504 Plan process. If a medical

statement is needed please click here, have completed and return to the school

within 10 days of making a request for meal modifications. Click here for Spanish

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Health and Wellness

The health and physical well-being of our students directly affects their ability to learn. Graduate Arkansas would like for you to become a member of our wellness committee and join us in our efforts to improve the school nutrition environment, promote student health and reduce childhood obesity. If you are interested in being a part of our wellness committee, please contact Shelia Bailey at
shelia.bailey@graduatearkansas.org or by calling 501-500-9270.

Next meeting:
September 28, 2022@ 12:30 p.m. via zoom

November 10, 2022 @ 12:30 via zoom

February 9, 2023 @ 12:30 via zoom

May 11, 2023 @ 12:30 via zoom

Resources

Tips for Healthy Living

Health Inspection click here

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:

1. mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

2. fax:

(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.