Washoe Country School District

April 20, 2014

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National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs

Washoe County School District participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Nutritious meals are served every school day. Students eligible to receive meals under the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs may receive breakfast and/or lunch every day.
 



Do you want to make sure your children get nutritious & delicious school meals everyday?
Sign up for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals!

You may find an application:

Let's work together to provide healthy meals for our students! 

For information about this program, visit our Meal Sense website, available as an additional resource for our Washoe parents. 

Information in Spanish (Información en Español)
¿Desea usted que sus hijos reciban todos los días
comidas deliciosas y nutritivas en la escuela? ¡Regístrese para recibir Comidas escolares gratuitas o de precios reducidos! Puede solicitar aunque ni usted ni sus hijos sean ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos. Aplica aquí, o puede visitar la oficina en su escuela, la oficina de Nutrición (Nutrition Services a 585 Spice Islands Drive en Sparks), o llamarlos para pedir el formulario. Estamos aquí para ayudarle a encontrar la información que necesita.

Para recibir más información sobre el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares, visita nuestra página web de Meal Sense en Español.



 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NSLP/NSBP


What are the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs?

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 31 million children each school day.

What are the nutritional requirements for school breakfast and lunch?
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed USDA to update the NSLP’s meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new meal pattern goes into effect at the beginning of SY 2012-13, and increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu. New dietary specifications set specific calorie limits to ensure age‐appropriate meals for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Other meal enhancements include gradual reductions in the sodium content of
the meals (sodium targets must be reached by SY 2014-15, SY 2017-18 and SY 2022-23). While school lunches must meet Federal meal requirements, decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local food authorities.

How do children qualify for free and reduced price meals?
Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals; in Washoe County Schools, these students are also eligible for free meals. (For the period July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013, 130 percent of the poverty level is $29,965 for a family of four; 185 percent is $42,643.) 

Source: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/  

¿Qué es el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares?
El Programa Nacional de Almuerzos escolares es un programa de comidas con subsidio del gobierno federal que opera en más de 100,000 escuelas públicas y privadas sin fines de lucro e instituciones residenciales para el cuidado de niños. Provee diariamente almuerzos nutritivos, balanceados y de bajo costo o gratuitos a más de 31 millones de niños

¿Cómo se determina si los niños son elegibles para recibir almuerzos gratuitos o de precios reducidos?
Cualquier niño de una escuela participante puede comprar una comida a través del Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares. Los niños provenientes de familias con ingresos equivalentes o inferiores al 130 por ciento del nivel de pobreza, son elegibles para recibir comidas gratuitas. Aquéllos cuyos ingresos se encuentran entre el 130 y el 185 por ciento del nivel de pobreza son elegibles para recibir comidas gratuitas tambien (en escuelas de Washoe County). (Para el período del 1° de julio de 2012 al 30 de junio de 2013, el 130 por ciento del nivel de pobreza equivale a $29,965 para una familia de cuatro integrantes y el 185 por ciento equivale a $42,643).

Source: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/