Child Nutrition

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  The Central Community School System Child Nutrition staff is looking forward to serving your children nutritious and tasty meals that support their achievements in school and promote healthy life styles.  

Our goal is to provide excellence in food quality and service that is safe, clean, and wholesome.  Meals are to be appetizing, nutritionally adequate, and satisfying to all customers.  We strive to offer meals that meet the latest federal and state regulations.  Our menus are designed to ensure that students receive a balanced meal that meets the calorie and nutrient needs established in these regulations.  We do offer popular items such as pizza, chicken nuggets, and tacos, but these items contain healthy grains, are lower in fat, and limit salt. The milk that is offered is either fat free or 1% instead of whole or reduced fat milk.  

We are also pleased to inform you that all students attending Central Community Schools will be offered breakfast and lunch free of charge.  This means that all enrolled students will receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at no charge to you.  The meal consists of the reimbursable meal components.  If your children purchase extra items there is a charge associated with those items.  

Charging for extra items is not allowed.  Money must be in your child’s account to be able to purchase an extra item.  For your convenience, you can deposit money into your child’s account by going to MySchoolBucks.com, set up an account for first time users, and use when needed.  A $2.75 fee is charged per transaction.  

Although your children will eat free for SY 21-22, a Free and Reduced Price Meal Application is needed.  All parents are asked to complete this application.  This will NOT affect your children’s free meals.  So why do you need to complete this application if your children will be eating for free?  Well this information will be used to determine state and federal funding.  This funding helps us provide the following:

-After-school tutoring programs and interventionists

-Professional development for teachers

-Enrichment opportunities for students

-Extracurricular activities for students in athletics, academics, and arts

-Enhance technology

 

In addition, the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application eligibility status will also:

-Qualify newly eligible children for SY 2021-2022 and summer 2022 P-EBT benefits

-Ensure free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of SY 2022-2023   

 

You can access the meal application at www.centralcss.org, scroll down to District News, click on Free & Reduced Lunch picture, scroll down and click on “Please click here to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch”.  Now you can begin filling out the application.  The on-line application will be available August 2, 2021.  

While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such, to establish eligibility for free or reduced-price meals for the 2022-2023 school year, completion of the free and reduced-price meal application is necessary this school year. 

The questions and answers that follow provide additional information on how to complete the application. Complete only one application for all the students in the household and return the completed application to your child’s school.  If you have questions about completing the Free and Reduced Meal Application, contact April Kurtz, 225-650-2919, akurtz@centralcss.org or Kittie McPhate, 225-650-2918, mmcphate@centralcss.org

 

  1. Who Qualifies for Free Meal Status? 

  • Income—Children can get free or reduced-price meals if a household’s gross income is within the limits described in the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.

  • Special Assistance Program Participants—Children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program for Households on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), are eligible for free meals. 

  • Foster—Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. 

  • Head Start or Early Head Start—Children participating in these programs are eligible for free meals.

  • Homeless, Runaway, and Migrant—Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant qualify for free meals. If you haven’t been told about a child’s status as homeless, runaway, or migrant or you feel a child may qualify for one of these programs, please call or email Angela Sanders at 225-650-2910, asanders@centralcss.org.  

  1. What If I Disagree with the School’s Decision About My Application? Talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to Angela Sanders, 10510 Joor Road, Suite 300, Baton Rouge, La, 70818, 225-650-2910, asanders@centralcss.org.  

  2. What If My Income Is Not Always the Same? List the amount normally received. If a household member lost a job or had hours/wages reduced, use current income.

  3. If I Don’t Qualify Now, May I Apply Later? Yes. Apply at any time during the school year. A child with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced-price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

  4. We Are in The Military. Do We Report Our Income Differently? Basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. Any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments count as income. If housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include the housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is excluded from income. 

  5. May I Apply If Someone in My Household Is Not a U.S. Citizen? Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced-price meals. 

  6. Will Application Information Be Checked? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the reported household income. 

  7. My Family Needs More Help. Are There Other Programs We Might Apply For? To find out how to apply for other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or 2-1-1.

  8. Can I Apply Online? Yes! The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit www.myschoolapps.com  to begin or to learn more about the online application process. Questions about the online application, call or email April Kurtz, 225-650-2919, akurtz@centralcss.org or Kittie McPhate, 225-650-2918, mmcphate@centralcss.org.  


We take pride in our school meals and hope that you will encourage your children to participate in eating breakfast and lunch served in their school.  

If you have other questions or need help, call April Kurtz, 225-650-2919 or Kittie McPhate, 225-650-2918.  Si necesita ayuda, por favor llame al teléfono: April Kurtz, 225-650-2919.  

 

Sincerely,

April Kurtz, 

Child Nutrition Supervisor 

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

Methods of Payment: Cash or Check / Online: www.myschoolbucks.com
Make Checks Payable to: CCSS Child nutrition Program OR CCSS CNP.

Checks will only be accepted through April 10, 2022.

April Kurtz

April Kurtz

Supervisor Of Child Nutrition
Child Nutrition
Kittie McPhate

Kittie McPhate

Purchasing Coordinator Child Nutrition
Child Nutrition