Welcome To Child Nutrition!

 

Providing Good Nutrition to support learning.

 

Mission Statement

 

The Child Nutrition Department of the Arkansas School for the Deaf believes that providing balanced nutritious meals is an important part of learning and contributes to the overall well being of our students.  We support learning by promoting healthy habits for life long nutrition and fitness practices.

Our qualified staff is dedicated to preparing and serving nutritious food that meets State and Federal Guidelines.

Special Diets are honored with a written Physician's order.

In addition to lunch and breakfast, we also serve dinner to our residential students.

 



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The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program


ASD has been a part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) since its birth in 2008.  The goal of the program is to improve our student’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health.  The program has created a healthier school environment for our students by providing healthier food choices; expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables our students experience; and increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables.  Our students get to see and experience fruits and vegetables in their natural forms.


Presently our Elementary and Middle School students are part of the FFVP and they receive fruits and vegetables such as Bananas, Peaches, Pears, Watermelon, Cantaloupes, Honeydew Melons, Kiwis, Grapes, Ugly Fruit, Blood Oranges, Mangos, Star Fruits, Persimmons, Papayas, Grapefruits, Nectarines, Pomegranates, a variety of Apples such as (Jazz, Gals, Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Braeburn  , Jonagold and Pacific Rose), Carrots, Tomatoes, Celery, Avocado, Squash, Sweet Peppers, Cucumbers and Jackfruit  as a snack during the school.

Our students are learning through a variety of activities, just how important fruits and vegetables are to good health and their diet.  Just recently our elementary students were introduced to the Jackfruit, which is a monstrous sized tropical fruit.  Students had an opportunity to see and touch the Jackfruit and of course taste it.  They learned about the nutritional benefits of the Jackfruit and they were challenged to go back to their classrooms and research other facts about the fruit.

Studies have shown that students who participate in the FFVP have increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables both at school and at home. A recent Arkansas study concluded that there is evidence that the FFVP is a promising way to not only improve children’s diets but to also reduce childhood obesity among elementary school children. If you would like to help us with various activities or would like to learn more about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program please contact me @elizabethb@asd.k12.ar.us.


Yiwei Qian, Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr., Michael R. Thomson, and Heather L. Rouse. The Effect of fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program on Childhood Obesity. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy Advance Accesses, June 20, 2015.


Increasing Child Fruit and Vegetable intake: Findings from the US Department of agriculture Fresh fruit And Vegetable Program, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, August 2015.


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Non-Discrimination Statement

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 of 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:

(1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3)  email: program.intake@usda.gov.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


MEDIA RELEASE – SY 2015-16

FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS

 

ARKANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF today announces its policy for providing free and reduced price meals for children served

under the National School Lunch Program, Afterschool Snack Program, and School Breakfast Program.  ASD Child

Nutrition Office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.  The price charged for a paid student

breakfast is No charge; the price charged for a paid student lunch is No Charge.

 

HOUSEHOLD APPLICATIONS

 

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price benefits

for SY 2015-16.  Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals. 

 

 

FREE MEALS – 130%

REDUCED PRICE MEALS – 185%

Household Size

Federal Poverty Guidelines

Annual

Monthly

Twice per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

Annual

Monthly

Twice

per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

11,770

15,301

1,276

638

589

295

21,775

1,815

908

838

419

2

15,930

20,709

1,726

863

797

399

29,471

2,456

1,228

1,134

567

3

20,090

26,117

2,177

1,089

1,005

503

37,167

3,098

1,549

1,430

715

4

24,250

31,525

2,628

1,314

1,213

607

44,863

3,739

1,870

1,726

863

5

28,410

36,933

3,078

1,539

1,421

711

52,559

4,380

2,190

2,022

1,011

6

32,570

42,341

3,529

1,765

1,629

815

60,255

5,022

2,511

2,318

1,159

7

36,730

47,749

3,980

1,990

1,837

919

67,951

5,663

2,832

2,614

1,307

8

40,890

53,157

4,430

2,215

2,045

1,023

75,647

6,304

3,152

2,910

1,455

Each Add’l person  add

4,160

5,408

451

226

208

104

7,696

642

321

296

148

 

Household application forms are being distributed by the school with a letter informing households of the availability of free and

reduced price meals for their children.  Only one application should be submitted for each household.  Applications are also

 available at the principal’s office in each school.  To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must complete the application

 and return it to the school. Applications cannot be approved unless it contains complete information as described in the instructions

 provided with the application.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year as circumstances change.  The

information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. 

 

Applications may be subject to verification at any time during the school year by school officials.

 

CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY

 

Children who are members of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, household are

 categorically eligible for free meals.  School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly

from the SNAP office.  School officials will notify households of their eligibility.  Households who are notified of their eligibility but

who do not want their children to receive free meals must contact the school.  SNAP households should complete an application

if they are not notified of their eligibility by July 24, 2015 

 

Households with children who are members of currently approved Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits

(formerly food stamps) may submit application with abbreviated information as described in the application instructions.

 

Children certified as migrant, homeless or runaway by the district are categorically eligible for free meals.  Contact Jennifer Greiman

at (501) 324-9609 with questions regarding migrant, homeless or runaway meal benefits.

 

Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court are also eligible for benefits regardless of the income

of the household with whom they reside. Eligibility for the foster child is based on the child being the legal responsibility of welfare

agency or court. An application for a household that includes both foster children and non-foster must be completed for eligibility

to be determined for the non-foster children.  Contact Jennifer Greiman at (501) 324-9609 with questions regarding foster children.

 
 

Children in households that receive WIC may be eligible for benefits.  An application must be completed for determination of eligibility.

 

If a household member becomes unemployed during the school year, the household may be eligible for free or reduced price meals

PROVIDED that the loss of income causes the household income to be within the eligibility criteria.  An application should be completed

for determination of eligibility benefits.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced price meal policy Annette Jordan, the Determining Official will review applications

and determine eligibility.  Contact her at (501) 324-9527 or 324-9829.

official on an informal basis.  Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either to:

Dr. Janice Dickinson      (501) 324-9507

Hearing Official  Phone Number

 

A household may SUBMIT an application ANYTIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.

 

Non-discriminationStatement: The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment

on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status,

familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic

information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.(Notallprohibitedbaseswillapplytoallprogramsand/oremploymentactivities.)

 

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the

USDAProgramDiscriminationComplaintForm, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/index.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992

to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your

completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director,

Office of Adjudication,

1400 Independence Avenue,S.W.,

Washington,D.C.20250-9410 by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

 

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

 

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.