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ABOUT THE VILLAGE KITCHEN

Nutritious Food Delivery Program

This summer The Village School Kitchen implemented a successful program which provided bags of nutritious and delicious food to children every week.  Thanks to volunteer drivers we were able to safely deliver food to every child's home. Though the summer program is ending, we will be starting up a similar program to deliver bags of food to students during distance learning. 

 

Due to the local food delivery schedule, Tuesdays will continue to be our bag delivery days while we maintain distance learning. We will begin our food delivery service on Tuesday, September 8th so students will have "school food" to eat on our official start date of September 9th!

 

We anticipate transitions between remote and on-campus learning this year.  We are prepared for various models of food service so we can ensure healthy, safe food is available to all Village School students regardless of whether they are on campus or not. 

Please complete the School Food Service Survey which was sent to every family.

We have established these additional food safety protocols during this time of heightened concern:
All individuals helping with any food assembly will have no symptoms of illness.  They will wash their hands upon arrival and will wear gloves and face masks for the duration of their time in the school building.  They will maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet between bodies.  All kitchen staff and essential volunteers supporting the food service program are trained in up-to-date food safety protocols established by the CDC and the local Food Safety Division.

If you have any questions about The Village School Nutrition Services Program, please contact Toña Aguilar at taguilar@eugenevillageschool.org.

Village School Kitchen

Thank you Village School Families for your continued support of our food service program.

We are proud to be cooking meals from scratch using mostly whole, organic and local foods.

As you look over the monthly menu with your child, please keep the following in mind:

 

  • Each lunch includes milk as well as fresh fruits and vegetables from our salad bar.

  • Our milk is local and organic from Umpqua Dairy.

  • We order a majority of our produce from local, organic farmers and through Organically Grown Company, a locally owned and operated distributor.

  • Most of our dried goods come from Hummingbird Wholesale, another wonderful locally owned and operated distributor.

  • In order to maintain an affordable and sustainable program all meals are vegetarian.

  • Vegan options are available every day. 

  • Gluten free meals are indicated by “GF” on the menu. 

  • If your child has a food allergy, please fill out the food allergy form in the office and speak with us before sending them through the lunch line.

  • We also serve breakfast every school day. Breakfast service begins at 8:00am and ends at 8:20am. 

  • Family and friends are welcome to join us for meals in the cafeteria.  If you bring a child please supervise them well in and out of the cafeteria and observe school rules while on campus. (See procedures and payments below for more information.)

  • Menu items are subject to change if/when unforeseen circumstances occur.

  • The more people who participate in our meal program, the stronger our healthy school lunch program will be!

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

 

Families can complete the Free And Reduced Meals (FARM) application to qualify for a free or reduced price for breakfast and/or lunch. We encourage you to complete an application even if you think you do not qualify, this information also helps our school qualify for Title I funding. We have two ways to fill out an application:

 

Option #1: Download, fill out and return the following form. (Click here) This form can be printed out or filled out on a computer, saved and returned to us. 
  
Option #2: Complete the online survey at https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp

 

VERY IMPORTANT: Please see the new income qualification table for free meals according to the Student Success Act. (Click Here) This is over 60% more generous than the federal reduced table you will see on the online ODE application. 

If you'd like detailed instructions to apply for free & reduce meals, please see the following document. (Click Here)

 
Make a Payment

Payments can be made in the school office, via scheduled payments from your bank, or online through  https://www.mymealtime.com/signin.aspx

To use mymealtime.com, please create a new profile. Once you have a username and password, you will need a specific student ID number to pay for your child's meals. You will choose "The Village School", not the 4J selection.

Please contact the office for the student ID number or for any assistance. On this website you can view which meals your child has eaten, view your balance and make payments, with a small fee.

 
Village School Unpaid Meal Charge Policy

The Village School recognizes that adequate nutrition is essential to students’ mental, physical, and academic growth. All children who eat school meals, whether at a free, reduced, or paid rate, will receive a breakfast and/or lunch that meets USDA nutrition requirements.

 

To maintain the integrity of the Nutrition Services program and to offset the cost of school meals, The Village School asks all families to pay for meal charges. However, in no case will food be withheld from a student.  All students will be provided a meal regardless of payment status.

 

When a student eats a school meal, their account is charged accordingly. Food Service office staff run a weekly report via e-mail showing all student accounts in a negative balance greater than $5.00. On a monthly basis, for unpaid family balances of $40 or more, emails or phone calls are made reminding families to payoff the unpaid balance.

 

The office works with families to establish long-term repayment plans. Unpaid meal charges may be carried over at the end of the school year as a delinquent debt and collection efforts continue into the next school year.

 

The mymealtime.com website is a pre-payment system whereby students’ families/caregivers can pre-pay for reduced and paid meals as well as a la carte foods. Families may check their account balance and add money electronically from a computer or mobile device using this website. Money may also be added to student accounts via cash or check in the office. Payments for any meal(s) not received by a student approved for reduced meal prices or paid prices are carried over into the next month. Money left at the end of a school year is carried over into the next school year as delinquent debt and collection efforts continue into the new school year. If a student leaves and has money left in their student account, they may request a refund for reimbursement.


The above policy is provided in writing via student handbook and electronically during on-line registration to all households at the start of each school year and to households that transfer to The Village School during the school year. This policy is provided to households through a letter the first time it is applied to a student. 

 
Village School Wellness Policy

The Village School is committed to supporting the health and well-being of every student, and to to promoting a culture of health and wellbeing for all school employees. Our wellness program provides appropriate tools to achieve this. We recognize that it is the school’s role to model and actively practice, through policies and procedures, the promotion of nutrition education, physical activity and environmental, social and sexual health. The policies outlined in this document are intended to create a school environment that protects and promotes the health of our students. We see this as a living document, and are always interested in hearing people's suggested improvements. 

 

VS-Wellness-Policy-June28-2017.pdf

Special Events and Media

The Village Kitchen occasionally runs special events and fundraisers. 

 

Village Kitchen in the News!

KVAL story: http://www.kval.com/news/health/130602088.html#idc-container

UO School of Journalism and Communication: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/kayliefw18gateway/audio-slideshow/

 

Most recent Lane County Environmental Health Inspection Results:  VS-KitchenInspection-10-10-2017.pdf

FNS Nondiscrimination 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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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.

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