Smithton School strives to support health children and adults by providing nutritious lunch options that meet state and federal guidelines.
The purchase of a school lunch for $2.75 entitles the student to one milk container. Juice cannot be substituted for milk when a student purchases a lunch. The price of the lunch is not reduced if the student does not wish to have milk.
Parents can deposit funds in their child's accounts by sending a check or cash to the school in a clearly labeled envelope. Funds should be sent directly to the school office at the beginning of the school day for deposit before lunch begins.
Ala carte items (such as snacks) cannot be charged on an account with a "balance due" status.
Menu Impact on Snow Days
If the snow day is Tuesday and we return on Wednesday, the menu for Wednesday would be Tuesday's choices.
If school is out both Tuesday and Wednesday and we return on Thursday, Thursday's menu would be Tuesday's offering and Friday would be Friday's original selection (Wednesday's selection is cancelled altogether).
Free or Reduced Lunch Program
The Smithton district participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to
allow eligible families the opportunity to apply for free or reduced lunch. A student may qualify for free or reduced meals either through direct state certification or by parent/guardian completion of a household eligibility application.
Direct State Certification - Households eligible for food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) receive a child-specific letter in July of each year from the Illinois Department of Human Services. This letter is to be returned to the school the child attends in order for the child to receive free meal benefits. If this "direct certification" letter is submitted to the school, the parent/guardian DOES NOT need to complete the Application for Illinois Free Lunch and Breakfast.
Household Eligibility Application - Households that do not meet the criteria for direct certification may apply for free or reduced meals by completing the Application for Illinois Free Lunch and Breakfast form. The application form can be requested from the Smithton School office at 618-233-6863. Completed applications should be sent to the school office. The office staff will process the application and notify the parent/guardian of the meal status decision (free, reduced or denied). Students cannot receive free or reduced meals until the parent or guardian has submitted an application.
The parent/guardian must reapply for free or reduced meals annually. Students receiving free or reduced meals at the end of a school year will be given 30 days at the beginning of the next school year to submit a new application. If an application is not received by the end of the 30-day period at the beginning of the school year, a student's status will automatically change from free or reduced to denied.
For additional information, visit the National School Lunch Program Website.
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IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF FOOD NOW, CALL
Illinois Hunger Coalition Hotline: 1-800-359-2163
IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS SUMMER FOOD
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) are federal nutrition programs that provide free and nutritious meals to children 18 years old and younger. The summer nutrition programs are sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Illinois Hunger Coalition's Hunger Hotline (1-800-359-2163) serves as the statewide phone number for families to call to find a Summer Meals site near them.
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 or 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:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The district wellness policy is available here.