Grace offers students a hot lunch as part of the National Lunch program through our vendor Food Service Professionals (FSP). Meals are delivered daily in refrigerated trucks then prepared at the school by trained personnel.
DURING THE PANDEMIC, ALL STUDENTS MAY RECEIVE BOTH BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR FREE WITH NO APPLICATION OR ELIGIBITIY REQUIREMENTS. UPDATES WILL BE MADE AS THE SITUATION CHANGES.
PRE- PANDEMIC : ALL families in our school are eligible to apply to receive lunch at a rate that is either reduced (40 cents per day) or free. Eligibility is based on income. Families that do not qualify for the reduced/free lunches or do not wish to complete an application may choose to purchase a meal for the price of $3.75 per day, per child. We are also able to offer breakfast for either free or for the reduced rate of 30 cents as well as for the full price rate of $2.05 per child, per day.
Families may also purchase milk for the cost of 55 cents per child, per day. Menus are sent home for those that wish to order only specific lunches each month. Orders (and payments, if applicable) are due by the date listed on the form. Parents may opt to order breakfast or lunch for their child for the entire school year by completing a form available in the school office.
Additional information, including breakfast and lunch menus for the entire month, allergen and nutritional information can be found on the website of our food provider, FSP, by clicking this link (allergens, etc.):
The School Board of Grace Christian Academy is committed to providing a learning environment that supports and promotes wellness, good nutrition, and active lifestyle and recognizes the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity and the capacity of students to develop and learn. The entire school environment shall be aligned with healthy school goals to positively influence students’ beliefs and habits and promote health and wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity. In addition, school staff shall be encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure a total school environment that promotes and supports student health and wellness: helps to reduce childhood obesity; supports nutrition education, physical activity and other school based activities designed to promote student wellness; provides nutrition guidelines for all foods available during the school day; and designates one or more persons with operational responsibility for this policy.
Goals for Nutrition Education (1)
Students in Pre-school through grade 8 shall receive nutritional education. The program will be designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to adopt healthy eating behaviors and aimed at influencing students’ knowledge attitudes and eating habits.
To maximize classroom time and to achieve positive changes in students’ eating behaviors, nutrition education shall be integrated into other school subjects like math, science, language arts, physical education, etc.
Goals for Physical Education (1)
Students in Pre-School through grade 8 shall participate in daily physical activity which will include either supervised recess or physical education period.
Food providers shall offer a variety of age-appropriate, appealing foods and beverage choices and employ food preparation, purchasing and meal planning practices consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. (e.g. provide a variety of fruits and vegetable choices; serve low fat and fat free dairy products, ensure that whole grain products are served).
In order to promote healthy eating, no vending machines will be allowed in the building. Students are also encouraged to bring healthy snacks.
Meal Service (3)
Grace Christian academy will provide meals to all students in compliance with the USDA Nondiscrimination policy and will not be less restrictive than the regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of section 10 of the Nutrition Act (42 U.S.C 1779) and sections 9(f)(1) and 17(a) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C 1758(f)(1), 1766(a)), as those regulations and guidance applies to schools.
Plan Assessment/Review (4-5)
This policy will be reviewed and assessed annually at the first GCA Local Board meeting of the fiscal year. Review/assessment will involve parents, representatives of the school food authority, school administration, and the public.
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