Pipe Creek Elementary School
Maconaquah Middle School
2022-2023 Food Service Changes
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The school meals program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, school corporations across the country have been operating
with the use of a federal waiver that allowed them to feed every child for free through the end of this school year. The use of this waiver will not be available after this school year and corporations
will return to the traditional eligibility requirements for free, reduced and paid meals. This means that for School Year 2022-2023, our school corporation will process free and reduced-price meal
The Food Services Department does have the ability to Directly Certify students who receive SNAP, TANF, some Medicaid, are certified as homeless, migrant, or are wards of the state (foster children).
Households who are found to be directly certified will be notified in writing of the free or reduced-price meal status prior to the start of school and will not need to complete an application.
Meal benefit applications will not be available until July 1*. Households are encouraged to apply before the start of the school year to avoid unpaid meal charges. Students who are not approved
for free or reduced-price meal benefits before the start of the school year will be classified as paid status and meal charges may begin to accumulate starting the first day of school. Meal charges
accrued before the approval of a meal benefit application will be the responsibility of the household.
You do NOT need to complete an application if:
- You receive notification that your child(ren) are directly certified.
- You know your household does not qualify for meal benefits. (Please have money in
your child’s account on the first day of school.)
*Applications received prior to July 1 will not be effective for the 2022-2023 school year.
Welcome to Maconaquah School Corporation Food and Nutrition Services. The Federal Government passed new regulations in January 2012 regarding the contents of school lunches beginning with the 2012-2013 school year.
We are now required to serve larger portions of fruits and vegetables. We must offer 1/2 cup of dark green vegetables, 3/4 - 1 1/4 cups of red/orange vegetables, 1/2 cup of legumes (beans), 1/2 cup of starchy vegetables, 1/2 - 3/4 cup of other vegetables, and 1- 1 1/2 cups of additional vegetables from any category. The amount served depends on the grade level of the student. Students in ALL grades must take no less than 1/2 cup of fruit and/or vegetables.
You can go to www.choosemyplate.gov and look under the My Plate tab to see what qualifies under these categories. The students will be seeing new items this year, and we ask you to encourage your son/daughter to try them out.
In addition, requirements such as minimum and maximum calorie limits have been specified per grade as well as a maximum percentage of saturated and fats and sodium. No trans fats are allowed unless they are naturally occurring, such as those in meat products. Other changes include the milk that we serve. We are only allowed to offer 1% white milk or fat-free (skim) white or flavored milk.
If you have any questions about the new challenge to educate students on developing healthy eating habits, please feel free to contact me or any of the building level cafeteria managers. We will be happy to answer your questions.
PAY FOR LUNCH ONLINE
FAMILY ID # (USE YOUR STUDENT ID # IN THIS FIELD)
YOU WILL NEED YOUR STUDENT'S 7 DIGIT ID NUMBER. (This can be found on the textbook rental bill. Please keep this number for easy access all year)
**Lunch payments will be reflected in the student's account the next business day.
Please have your textbook rental bill to refer to when making a payment. Textbook rental payments need to be for the exact amount.