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Building Healthy Students: Minds and Bodies

Dear Parents,

Our mission is to be a partner in the educational process by providing quality meals and create nutritional education opportunities for parents and students that promote HEALTHY CHILDREN, READY to LEARN.
The School Nutrition Program will assist our students in getting the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and develop. Menus must adhere to strict guidelines issued by the USDA. Each meal planned must provide the required (USDA) number of food components and meet the nutrient standards for the age/grade group served. Menus are posted online and on Facebook. 
Each cafeteria is equipped with a point of sale system for tracking reimbursable meals and payments. All Tift County students are assigned a student identification/account number. Students are required to learn their meal number to use at POS station. Our District is afforded the wonderful opportunity to provide meals at no cost to students for this school year, 2020-2021, as a part of the federal funding partnership of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Our District will not issue, process, or collect Free/Reduced meal applications this year. 
No meal charges will exist. If a student wants to purchase additional items outside of their reimbursable meal there will be a cost and he/she will be allowed to do so only if they have cash in their account or in hand.
Vanessa Hayes, Chief Nutrition Officer, MPA CC SNS
 "Changing our Future, One Plate at a Time"
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 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
(3) email:  intake@usda.gov
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.