The goal of the Coffee County Child Nutrition Program is to serve our students a variety of nutritious and delicious foods everyday for breakfast, lunch, and after school snack while following USDA and State of Alabama Wellness Guidelines. Since the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), students across the nation are refusing to eat meals at school. Students are specifically complaining about whole grains, dry beans and peas, and other vegetable components, reduction in sodium limits, and reduction in calories. We have listened to our students' requests and tried to add menu items that they find acceptable. Hot Wings, Chicken Fajita on Flat Bread, and BBQ Pork Sandwiches have returned to our menus due to student requests. Chicken tenders are a new item that we are excited to add to our menus. We have even added whole grain desserts on occasion. Studies show that students who eat healthy and are physically active perform better academically, therefore school meals are a vital part of student success. These healthy habits contribute to better attendance, better classroom behavior, and increased concentration.
In addition to the traditional serving line meal, all of our high school students have the option of various "grab and go" boxed lunches that are available. These are offered DAILY and may include the following: homemade chicken salad, homemade tuna salad, chicken fajita salad, ham or turkey croissant, ham or turkey wrap, crispy chicken salad, and peanut butter and jelly sandwich. These boxed meals are made daily and include fresh fruit and vegetables. The serving line will continue to be filled with fresh, dark green and bright orange vegetables and fresh fruit daily. Students must select a fruit or a vegetable to be considered a complete healthy meal. Top quality produce is a priority for the Child Nutriton program. We have toured several produce companies and farms to ensure that we receive Grade A products. Our apples are tray packed rather than bagged. Our lettuce is whole head Romaine or Green Leaf rather than chopped and bagged. The cafeteria staff chops and assembles all salads served to students. We use produce from local Alabama farmers whenever possible. These items have included satsumas, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and peaches.
Our breakfast menus have also seen changes due to student requests. In addition to the hot entree, we now offer an assortment of cereals daily. A new item that we have added that has become a student favorite is the mini flavored pancakes. Fresh fruit is always available. A student must select a fruit item during breakfast, however juice counts as a fruit option.
Meal Applications are available at each school for students who may qualify for free or reduced price breakfast or lunch. Applications should be completed and returned to the school cafeteria. Please list all children living in the same household on one form. Applications are confidentially processed at the Central Office, and meal status is determined in a timely manner.
It is our priority to meet the needs of all students, therefore, please let us know if your child has any food allergies or other special dietary needs. We have a diet prescription form that should be completed by your child's physician. The form should be returned to the school nurse as soon as possible. We must have this form on file in the cafeteria in order to accommodate your child's need. The school nurse and cafeteria staff will work together to create a meal that meets the student's special diet. A new diet prescription should be completed every year and any time there are changes to your child's diet during the current school year.
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 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 complete form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights