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CCSD Breakfast and Lunch Information

Greetings CCSD Parents and Guardians,

CCSD’s Office of Nutrition Services would like to extend a warm welcome to the Charleston County Community. We are excited and ready for the 2016-2017 school year. We hope you are too.

First order of business: In a recent survey of 4,321 CCSD parents and caregivers, CCSD’s Office of Nutrition Services learned that we need to improve our communications to families about what we do and how we do it.  We hear you loud and clear.

This first communication will outline the basics of what we do and what you need to know for the upcoming school year. And moving forward, we will email every parent a monthly menu along with important news and updates regarding our school cafeterias.

We hope this is an effective step in providing improved and more timely and consistent communication about your child’s cafeteria.

Now let’s get started…

Payment and Meal Pricing

  • Pin Code System
    • Our schools use a computerized meal credit system to account for student meals and “a la carte/Smart Snack” purchases (more on Smart Snacks later). Similar to a bank account, each student may deposit any amount of money into his or her account. Every student has an account. To access this account, each student is assigned a PIN number. The account may only be used for purchase of school meals and Smart Snack items.
  • Payment Methods
    • Cash: Cash can be deposited to meal account and meal price will be deducted from the account each time a purchase is made. Cash can be sent to school with child.
    • Check: To deposit money to a meal account using a check, please make payable to CCSD Office of Nutrition Services. Check can be sent to school with child.
    • Online Payments (strongly recommended): Pay for meals using CCSD’s online payment system at www.k12paymentcenter.com. It is free to set up an account on this website. There is a “convenience fee” of $1.95 for each payment applied. This fee goes to the website vendor, not to the CCSD Office of Nutrition Services. You can track your child’s purchases and receive low-balance alerts on this website.
    • Looking forward: We will be testing credit card processing (in cafeterias, at the cash register) this school year. We believe this could be a significant value-added component for our customers (students and parents) in the future.
  • 2016-2017 School Meal Prices

 

Breakfast

Standard Lunch

Premium Lunch

CEP (Community Eligibility Program) Breakfast/Standard Lunch/Premium Lunch

Elementary

$1.40

$2.25

N/A

$0.00 (Free)

Middle/High School

$1.40

$2.25

$3.50

$0.00 (Free)

Adult

$2.25

$3.75

$3.75

N/A

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the process for creating school breakfast and lunch menus?

CCSD’s Nutrition Services team works together to develop healthy and appetizing meals for students, incorporating ideas and feedback from our customers and even local chefs. Many of the foods are made from scratch using the best ingredients including low-fat proteins, whole grain breads and pastas, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fat-free milk. The menus are analyzed and recipes are adjusted to ensure they meet USDA nutrition guidelines for each age group for calories, sodium, and saturated fat.

What is served for lunch every day in elementary schools?

  • Hot Meal of the Day: Every day there is a new “Hot Meal” served. The hot meal monthly menu is available online. We will also email the menu to you on a monthly basis.
  • In addition to the hot meal of the day, all elementary schools also serve FOUR alternate lunch meal options daily:
    • Garden Salad with Cheese
    • Garden Salad with Chicken and Cheese
    • PBJ sandwich and Cheese Stick
    • Ham and Cheese Sandwich
  • So that’s FIVE lunch meal choices that your child can choose from every day.
  • Salad Bars: Some elementary schools now have salad bars. We are working to roll out more salad bars this school year. This is a well-received and popular new concept but it does require ample time, resources and training to roll out properly.
  • All elementary lunch meals are just $2.25.
  • elementary lunch menu August.pdf 
  • elementary breakfast menu august.pdf 

What is served for lunch every day in middle and high schools?

  • Hot Meal of the Day: Just like in elementary schools, there is a new “Hot Meal” served daily in middle and high schools. The monthly hot meal menu for middle/high schools is available online. We will also email the menu to you on a monthly basis.
  • In addition to the hot meal of the day, all middle/high schools also serve SEVEN alternate lunch meal options daily:
    • $2.25 Standard Lunch Meals Options:
      • Salad (or salad bar where available)
      • Hamburger or Cheeseburger
      • Turkey Hot Dog
      • PBJ sandwich and Cheese Stick
    • $3.50 Premium Meal Lunch Options:
      • Personal Pan Pizza
      • Breaded Charleston Chicken Sandwich (spicy or regular)
      • Whole-grain Popcorn Chicken Bites
  • So that’s EIGHT full lunch meal choices that your child can choose from every day in middle and high schools.
  • Salad Bars: Some middle and high schools now have salad bars. We are working to roll out more salad bars this school year. This is a great new concept but it does require ample time and training to roll out properly.
  • middle and high lunch menu August.pdf 
  • middle and high breakfast menu august.pdf 

Are school meals healthy by today’s standards?

  • A healthy diet consists of a variety of foods in eaten in moderation to promote good lifelong eating habits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program sets menu patterns and specific nutrient requirements that our breakfast and lunch meals meet. Recent legislation (Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act) made major changes to these requirements to further ensure that meals meet the needs of students. School meals provide many of the nutrients needed to succeed in school and lead a healthy lifestyle.

What are Smart Snacks sold in schools?

  • A la carte foods (now referred to as Smart Snacks) are available for purchase in addition to the school meal. Smart Snack items vary with each school but can include: fresh fruit, yogurt, milk, juice, baked chips, whole grain cookies, fruit snacks, whole grain Rice Krispy Treats, parfaits, baked fries, ice cream, or a second entrée or vegetable.
  • Smart Snacks have their own set of federal nutrition standards:
    • Calories: less than or equal to 200 calories
    • Sodium: Less than or equal to 230 mg
    • Total Fat: <35% calories from fat
    • Saturated Fat: <10% calories from saturated fat
    • Trans Fat: Zero grams per serving
    • Sugar: <35% sugar (by weight)
  • Every a la carte item we offer is Smart Snack approved.

What are Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools? Is my child at a CEP school?

  • The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows school districts in high poverty areas to offer breakfast and lunch meals to all students at select schools at NO COST.
  • There are approximately 45 CEP schools in Charleston County.
  • CEP provides numerous benefits including the elimination of household applications for free and reduced priced meals, streamlined meal service operations, higher student participation, and more opportunities for children to receive nutrition necessary to optimize academic achievement.
  • All students in CEP schools are entitled to one free breakfast and lunch meal per day.
  • Smart Snacks are still available for purchase (these are not free).
  • You can call 843-566-8180 to find out if your child attends a CEP school.

How do I contact my school’s cafeteria manager?

If you have any questions, please contact CCSD’s Office of Nutrition Services at 843-566-8180.

Respectfully,

CCSD Office of Nutrition Services

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