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St .Joseph School adheres to the nutritional standards of The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). The kitchen staff prepares nutritionally balanced meals with kid friendly appeal. The goal of our cafeteria is to provide meals that are , lower in sodium, sugar and additives, while increasing whole grains, fruits, dark green vegetables and legumes.
Breakfast is served daily from 7:30am to 7:55 am. Students may choose from option A or option B. 3 choices from the offerings must be made including one fruit or juice. Additional servings are not available. If a student arrives later than 7:55 am and needs breakfast, he/she should notify a teacher or the kitchen manager on duty. Cost is $1.70. Children qualifying for free meal program breakfast will be free, children qualifying for the reduced meal program cost will be $0.05. Please try our breakfast program. The children love it!
Lunch, as mandated by the Nation School Lunch Program, includes meat or a meat alternative, vegetables, fruit, whole grain bread or alternative and low fat or fat free milk. 100% fruit juice and water are also available. Children must choose a minimum of three items offered with one of the items being either a fruit or vegetable. Every lunch has three entree offerings. The children are most welcome to take both vegetable offerings and both fruit offerings as part of the meal. We use a local produce company for the freshest vegetables and fruits we can offer. Cost of lunch is $2.70 with a milk. Students in grades five and six may purchase an additional entree for $1.75. Low fat white milk, non fat flavored milk, 100% fruit juice and water are available for purchase individually for $0.50. Please note: All water bottles are $.50. The only beverage included in the meal is milk. Water is always available in the lunch room at no cost. Reduced meal program price is $0.40. Children part of the reduced or free meal program will be charged for any extra food or drink purchased.
Nutritional information is available upon request from the Cafeteria Director at
New NSLP nutritional guidelines implemented
Students are now required to take a half cup serving of fruit or vegetable in addition to 2 menu choices such as a lean protein and grain/bread or milk.
100% fruit juice may only count as a meal component when offered on the menu as a fruit choice.
New regulations will increase the number and variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains while reducing the amount of sodium, saturated fat and eliminating trans fat.
Guidelines regulate the number of calories in a student meal based on grade level. Our school is classified as K-8. Calorie counts will be 600-650 for lunch 400-550 for breakfast.
Flavored Milk such as chocolate, strawberry and vanilla must be fat free.
Water has to be available during lunch that is free and accessible to the children. We have placed a water cart with plastic cups in the lunch room the children may freely access throughout lunch. All prepackaged water bottles will be charged to student accounts.
National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program
St. Joseph School participates in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Students from families who qualify (under federal guidelines) will receive lunch and breakfast either free or at a reduced cost. Applications are available from the Administrative Manager or by applying online through COMPASS. Applications may be filed at any time throughout the school year for any family experiencing net income changes. All information is confidential; discrimination is not permitted in accordance with state and federal requirements.
Cafeteria Purchases Policy
The goal at St. Joseph School is to provide students with healthy meals each day. We serve Breakfast and Lunch to all students in grades Kindergarten through Grade 6. We participate in the National School Lunch Program, offering free and reduced meals to qualified students. We feel it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to review balance statements regularly, and to make deposits to student accounts accordingly. Student meals should be prepaid, and funds can be sent to the school to be deposited into student accounts. Notices of account balances, and of low or negative balances are sent to parents/guardians at regular intervals throughout the school year.
Students are not denied any cafeteria purchase because of an outstanding balance owed to their cafeteria account. If the amount owed is determined by the principal to be so great as to warrant a suspension of cafeteria purchases, the parent/guardian will be asked to pack lunches for the child until the account in brought in to good standing. However, should a parent fail to pack a lunch, the child will still receive a regular cafeteria meal, which will be charged to the student's account.
Any student who has a balance below zero in his or her cafeteria account will not receive progress reports or report cards when issued, until the account is brought into good standing. No transcripts will be forwarded to other schools unless the fees are current or paid in full. This also applies to tuition accounts and any other fees owed to the school.
Any funds remaining in a student account will carryover to the next school year. Students who graduate will have their balance transferred to a sibling remaining in the school; or, if he or she has no siblings remaining at St. Joseph School, remaining balances may be refunded. Students who withdraw from the school may have remaining balances refunded.
Families who have students who receive Free and Reduced meals benefits must complete a new application each school year to determine eligibility. If a financial hardship occurs at any time during the school year, families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced meals benefits for their child. Please contact the Administrative Manager at St. Joseph School for more information.
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, disability, age, 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 , 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
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Non-Discrimination Policy (derived from Policy 5112-Admissions)
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg do not discriminate with respect to race, sex, or ethnic origin.
The Diocesan policy 4102-Procedure for investigating complaints and resolving conflicts, is available to participants for complaints regarding the lunch program. Complaints may also be directly sent to the USDA Office of Civil Rights.