We had the pleasure of hosting the 2018 Summer Managers’ Workshop presented by the Virginia Department of Education on August 9. School Nutrition Directors and managers from Charles City County, Fredericksburg City, Goochland, King George, Sussex, Westmorland, West Point and Caroline County attended this workshop.
This year’s theme is “Raising the Bar in School Nutrition: Level Up”. The training was divided into four hands-on training modules. The presenters did an amazing job of engaging everyone and facilitating the exchange of ideas and solutions shared by the attendees. This was an excellent opportunity for networking between different school divisions.
The guest instructors pictured below are (from left to right) Marissa, Kelly, Anita and Malyna.
The full School Nutrition staff meet today for our annual back to school training. We sampled some of the new ala carte offerings available for the new school year. Our department would like to thank Marcia Stevens, Director of Finance, for sharing information with the us about employee benefits; and Dr. Victor Hellman, Interim Superintendent, for his motivating speech.
Caroline County Public Schools is happy to announce that the Caroline School Nutrition Program was selected as an award winner in the seventh annual Food for Thought Competition, a competition between Virginia’s school divisions to showcase their programs that combat childhood hunger, provide healthy school meals, and encourage wellness and physical activity.
The Division was selected for their entry in the Healthy School Meals category. The entry highlighted the new digital menu/messaging system which was implemented this year.
“The new Digital Menu / Messaging System was developed in conjunction with our IT department and our partners at NutriSlice – with feedback from our customers – the students”, stated Keith Conner, who oversees the Division’s School Nutrition Program. He further stated “the Department had previously worked with NutriSlice to offer a mobile app for parents, staff and students which provided them easy to access nutritional details about our menu. With the success of that roll out we decided to expand our efforts with an additional focus on the nutritional education side. The electronic menu display boards allow us to present nutritional information, interesting fun facts, as well as the daily menu, in a format well received by the students”.
For more information about this and other exciting programs being rolled out in Caroline, please visit the CCPS website.
**This link will allow you to access the application for free or reduced meals: Free or Reduced Meal Applications
MEDIA RELEASE 2018-2019 POLICY FOR PROVIDING FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS
July 18, 2018
Caroline County Public Schools today announced its policy for providing free or reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch, and/or School Breakfast Programs. Each school and/or central school nutrition office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.
Household size and income will be used to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meal benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, shown in the chart below, may be eligible for either free or reduced price meals. Children who are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may be automatically eligible for free meals. Children who are homeless, migrant, or runaway may also be automatically eligible for free meals. Foster children, who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court, are eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Children who are members of households participating in WIC may also be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on the household’s income.
|Maximum Household Income For Free Meals||Household Income For Reduced Price Meals|
|$15,782||$15,782.01 – $22,459|
|$21,398||$21,398.01 – $30,451|
|$27,014||$27,014.01 – $38,443|
|$32,630||$32,630.01 – $46,435|
|$38,246||$38,426.01 – $54,427|
|$43,862||$43,862.01 – $62,419|
|$49,478||$49,478.01 – $70,411|
|$55,094||$55,094.01 – $78,403|
|For Each Additional Family Member – ADD||$5,616||$7,992|
Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free or reduced price meals for their children. Applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school and at the central office. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must only fill out one application per household and return it to the school division. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. For school officials to determine eligibility for free or reduced price benefits, households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) only have to list their child(ren)’s name and SNAP or TANF case number and an adult household member must sign the application. Households who do not list a SNAP or TANF case number, including WIC households, must list the names of all household members, the amount and frequency of the income received by each household member, and the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. If the household member does not have a social security number, the household member must indicate that a social security number is not available. The application must be signed by an adult household member in order to be approved.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced price meal policy, the Nutrition Office (804-633-6732) will review applications and determine eligibility. An application for free or reduced price meals cannot be approved unless it is complete. Households dissatisfied with the ruling of the eligibility determining official may wish to discuss the decision with the official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either verbally or in writing to:
Sarah B. Calveric, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
16261 Richmond Turnpike
Bowling Green, VA 22427
Households may apply for free or reduced price meals at any time during the school year. If a household is not eligible now but has a change, such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, becomes unemployed or qualifies for SNAP or TANF, the household should contact the school for an application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
Households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may not have to complete an application for free or reduced price student meals. School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation, obtained directly from the Virginia Department of Social Services, that a child is a member of a household currently receiving SNAP or TANF. School officials will notify these households in writing of their eligibility. Households who are notified of their eligibility, but who do not want their children to receive free meals, must contact the school. SNAP and TANF households must complete an application if they are not notified in writing of their automatic eligibility within the first 10 days of the new school year.
Tomorrow, July 3, is the last day of our Summer Food Service Program, but thanks to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank there are more options available through their “Kids on the Go” program.
Kids on the Go is a program of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank which provides children attending summer school or other summer enrichment programs with a healthy prepared meal. Kids on the Go helps to alleviate childhood hunger by bridging the hunger gap when a reliable sources of food may not be available. Children 18 years of age and younger are welcome to receive a free, freshly prepared, well-balanced meal at any of our sponsored sites.
Caroline Family YMCA - June 5, 2018 to August 9, 2018 Where: 17422 Library Blvd, Ruther Glen, VA 22546 When: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of Each Week (Weather Permitting; Closed July 4th & 5th) Caroline Parks & Recreation - June 5, 2018 to August 9, 2018 Where: 17202 Richmond Tpke, Milford, VA 22514 When: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of Each Week (Weather Permitting; Closed July 4th & 5th) Caroline Manor - June 5, 2018 to August 9, 2018 Where: 15421 Caroline Manor Cir, Bowling Green, VA 22427 When: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of Each Week (Weather Permitting; Closed July 4th & 5th) Caroline Pines - June 5, 2018 to August 9, 2018 Where: 26036 Shannon Mill Dr, Ruther Glen, VA 22546 When: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of Each Week (Weather Permitting; Closed July 4th & 5th) Lake Land 'OR - June 5, 2018 to August 9, 2018 Where: 555 Welsh Dr, Ruther Glen, VA 22546 When: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of Each Week (Weather Permitting; Closed July 4th & 5th) Fredericksburg Academy - June 19, 2018 to August 9, 2018 Where: 10800 Academy Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 When: 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of Each Week (Weather Permitting; Closed July 4th & 5th) Salem Church Library - June 20, 2018 to August 9, 2018 Where: 2607 Salem Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 When: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of Each Week (Weather Permitting; Closed July 4th & 5th) Garrison Woods Better Tomorrows - July 10, 2018 to August 9, 2018 Where: 207 Garrison Woods Dr, Stafford, VA 22556 When: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of Each Week (Weather Permitting) Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School - July 3, 2018 to August 2, 2018 Where: 150 Duffey Dr, Stafford, VA 22556 When: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of Each Week (Weather Permitting)