As a participant in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, Goose Creek CISD is required to follow TDA Food and Nutrition Standards. To learn more about these programs, nutritional requirements for participation, and more, visit Square Meals.
What Are “Competitive Foods”? “Competitive Foods” refers to all food and beverages SOLD to students on school campus during the school day, other than meals reimbursable under government programs. Effective July 1, 2014, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a memorandum to inform State agencies and School Food Authorities (SFAs) that USDA no longer provide waivers once these rules went into effect.
SNACK SMART, SNACK HEALTHY
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act required the USDA to establish nutrition standards all foods and beverages sold to students outside of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program meals on the school campus during the school day. USDA’s interim final rule “Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School,” is effective July 1, 2014. These science-based nutrition standards promote a healthy school environment and apply to all foods sold, such as:
MORE ON FUNDRAISERS IN TEXAS SCHOOLS
TDA analyzed the potential impacts of USDA’s Competitive Rule requirements in light of Texas Laws and the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy. Schools may have unlimited fundraisers as long as the fundraisers adhere to the federal Competitive Rule (i.e. Smart Snacks) requirements. Food items that do not meet the Competitive Rule requirements must be sold outside of the school day. The following are additional examples of allowable fundraisers that may occur during the school day:
These rules DO NOT apply to food given to students for free or brought by the students for their own consumption.
This flyer from the USDA further explains what foods qualify as Smart Snacks.
Where do the standards apply?
School Campus: This means all areas of property under jurisdiction of the school that are ACCESSIBLE to students during the school day.
When do the standards apply?
School Day: Defined as the period from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the OFFICIAL school day. There are no current restrictions on sales during after school programs occurring 30 minutes after school day ends.
What about School “Party Days”?
Schools may still have Party Days, however there are some stipulations:
1. All foods SOLD to students are subject to Smart Snack standards. These standards also apply to food items which are not provided by the scenarios outlined below: For example, if students are required to bring money for a pizza party, the pizza served would have to meet the Smart Snack nutrition standards. The Smart Snack standards also apply to fundraisers in which the item sold is consumable, such as candy bars. If the item is being SOLD during the school day and is likely to be consumed during the school day, it must meet the Smart Snack standards.
2. The exception is for foods that are provided to students free of charge (without exchange of money/tokens/tickets/etc.) Smart Snacks only regulates foods which are SOLD, not given away. Foods that are brought to school by parents or students do not have to meet the Smart Snacks requirements. Parents may still bring treats for celebrations, however at Goose Creek CISD we request that they take into consideration students with allergies or special dietary needs.
GCCISD Emergency Meal Policy
The Emergency Meals Policy applies to ALL Grade Levels. It refers to the steps taken by the Nutrition Services staff when a student’s paid account is in deficit status.
In accordance with the policies of Goose Creek CISD Emergency Meal Policy, Nutrition Services is obligated to:
The emergency meals policy applies to reimbursable meals only. All GCCISD students are allowed to breakfast without charge, regardless of free, reduced-priced or paid meal status. Principals or their designees can complete an application for students whom they have reason to believe should be on the free meal program, but the family has failed to complete an application.
Emergency Meal Policy
A student will be allowed to eat five (5) emergency meals in which they receive a complete meal, with his or her choice of entrees and sides. These students will be able to charge up to the following:
Elementary (PK – 5) student paid status - $9.25
Elementary (PK – 5) student reduced status - $2.00
Secondary (6-12) student paid status - $10.50
Secondary (6-12) student reduced status - $2.00
The Nutrition Services Department utilizes a variety of communication vehicles in its attempt to notify parents/guardians of deficit balances. These include:
Once the student has incurred the above balances, then the student will be allowed to eat five (5) additional emergency meals; however, the entrée on the menu will be replaced by a cheese or sun butter sandwich. The student will be allowed to select fruits and vegetables and his or her choice of milk.
At this point, the students will be able to charge up to the following:
Elementary (PK – 5) student paid status - $18.50 Elementary
(PK – 5) student reduced status - $4.00
Secondary (6-12) student paid status - $21.00
Secondary (6-12) student reduced status - $4.00
Every school/LEA that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) is required to establish a local school wellness policy.
As participants in federally funded nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, GCCISD is required to adhere to USDA non-discrimination standards as defined here.
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4544 Interstate 10 East | Baytown, Texas 77521 | 281.420.4800
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