Food Service Scroll down for MySchoolBucks August 2016
Dear Ramapo Central Parent:
Welcome to a new school year! Healthy for Life™ is our commitment to create healthier environments and communities, by providing not only healthy foods but comprehensive nutrition and wellness education. The Ramapo Central Food Service staff is looking forward to serving your children nutritious, great-tasting menus that support their achievements in school and promote healthy lifestyles.
We offer a variety of meal choices with one goal in mind: to provide outstanding service and high quality “kid-friendly” meals that meet or exceed the latest federal and state requirements. Ramapo Central menus are designed to ensure that students receive a balanced meal, consisting of foods from all major food groups in the right proportions to meet calorie and other nutrient needs.
The products and the cooking methods we use conserve food quality and nutrients, while limiting the addition of fats, salt and sugar and eliminate frying. So although you may see popular items like pizza and chicken nuggets on your menus, be assured that your child’s school meal selections contain healthy whole grains and are lower in fat and salt than what you find in grocery stores or restaurants. We will also be offering some different foods that your children may not have tried before, so please encourage your child to taste these items. They just might become a new favorite!
All of the breads and grain products served for breakfast and lunch are whole grain-rich, ensuring plenty of fiber and other essential nutrients. Added trans fats have been eliminated from all foods; and menus are planned to limit saturated fat and sodium to meet the new standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for school meals.
Both the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meal pattern and nutrition standards ensure that meals provide age-appropriate calorie levels ; offer a wide variety of fruits and plenty of vegetables every day, with a focus on nutrient-dense dark green, red/orange and legume vegetable selections along with healthy grains and lean proteins.
School meals are planned based on 3 grade groups (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) that naturally align with children’s nutrition needs for growth and health.
We will continue to post signs on each service line to show students how to select a reimbursable meal, as well as to help them understand how their choices fit into the key food groups needed to ensure a balanced approach to healthy eating. In addition, each school has a fresh fruit & veggie bar, which not only exposes them to new healthy food choices, but gives them the empowerment of making their own food choices.
We are proud to serve your child and encourage you to support our ongoing efforts to improve student health and well-being by participating in our Food Service program. For more information about our menus and programs, please visit Ramapocentral.net; and to learn more about healthy school meals visit http://www.fns.usda.gov. Please feel free to call me at 845-357-7783 ext. 11247 with any questions or comments.
Food Service Director
Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Click here for amapping tool to find a site near you.
Participation is open to all Ramapo Central students, whether or not they use the prepayment option on the website. Once parents set up an account on the MySchoolBucks.com, they will also be able to check account balances, set limits and review their child’s purchases.
The MySchoolBucks app enables parents to manage their child’s meal accounts via iOS and Android mobile devices. Links to the App Store and Google Play can be found at the bottom of the MySchoolBucks login page.
Credit card prepayments can be made with MasterCard, Visa or Discover; a $1.95 fee will be charged for each credit card transaction. Parents who prefer to pay by check will continue to submit payment directly to their child’s school cafeteria or to the Food Services office in Hillburn. The check amount will automatically be put into the child's MySchoolBucks account.
Non-participating students may continue to pay for their school meals as they have in the past.
More information on MySchoolBucks.com will be included with other Food Service information in packets being sent home to families.
Click here and here for additional information regarding the MySchoolBucks payment system.