Our vision is to have a positive impact on every student in Belton ISD! We are committed to providing nutritious meals and professional service, supporting student education, maintaining financial accountability and following all local, state, and federal school nutrition guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did meal prices go up this year?
Each year, federal regulations require us to complete the Paid Lunch Equity SP09 and adjust our Student meal prices accordingly. This caused Student Paid lunch prices to increase by ten cents each. Adult meal prices are also regulated by federal guidelines. Each year, we calculate Adult meal prices using USDA formulas found in the Texas Department of Agriculture Administrator's Reference Manual. Adult meal prices increased this year accordingly.
Who paid for the Food Truck?
The School Nutrition department is required by federal guidelines to run separate financials from the school district. Our department does not receive any Belton ISD funds. In fact, revenue for School Nutrition is only generated when a student or other customer makes a purchase or eats a meal in the cafeteria. Equipment for our cafeterias is paid for by School Nutrition funds, including the food truck. The food truck was created by renovating a former BISD bus that was off line. It is an economical way for us to have an extra mobile serving line that is capable of feeding meals all over the district, while helping educate Belton High Culinary students on how to operate a food truck. It will also enable us to reach more hungry kids in the summer while using less labor to do so.
How are BISD menus planned?
Belton ISD employs one Registered Dietitian with a Master's degree and two Chefs with Master's Degrees that plan the menus while following stringent USDA nutrition guidelines and selecting foods that appeal to our students. Our menus promote whole grain products, legumes, dark green and deep orange vegetables. These requirements meet the criteria set in the Dietary Guideline for Americans 2010. Our guidelines also feature reductions in sodium, cholesterol, fat, trans fat and saturated fat. Belton ISD uses low fat products and we encourage eating fruits and vegetables by providing a variety of fresh, frozen and/or canned products. Based on a weekly average of food items consumed by students, our meals meet the standards of less than 30% total fat and less than 10% saturated fat. For more information, please see nutritional analysis of our menus: Menus & Nutritional Analyses
Why did our menus change in 2012?
Under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2012, The USDA mandated new menu planning guidelines for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The guidelines state that ALL meals must include a fruit or vegetable. The meals are “component” based and include foods from the five food groups. These components are: fruits, vegetables, grains, meats or meat alternates, and milk. Meals are still served as “offer vs serve” for all grades (except Pre-Kindergarten), meaning students are able to select their menu items. Your child must select at least three of the five “components” for the items to be counted as a meal but may take up to five of the components.
What happens if a student does not want to pick up the required meal components for a USDA reimbursable meal?
Student meals that do not meet the USDA requirements are not reimbursable as Free, Reduced-price or Student Paid price. Students are encouraged to select a complete reimbursable meal, but if they refuse to do so the meal must be charged as an a la carte purchase. The a la carte prices are higher than regular student meal prices because they are not subsidized by USDA.
Why do faculty, adults, and visitors pay more for meals than students?
According to federal guidelines, the adult meal must be priced so that it is sufficient to cover the cost of the meal, including USDA entitlements and bonus commodities used to prepare the meal. Enrolled students, even Paid status students, receive federal reimbursement and commodities to subsidize the cost of their meals so that their meals cost less than faculty, adults, or visitors.
What nutrition policy does Belton ISD follow?
Belton ISD complies with the new Texas Public School Nutrition Policy and federal Smart Snacks guidelines. Smart Snack guidelines limit calories, sugar, sodium, and fat for all food sold during the school day, including a la carte cafeteria sales, school stores, vending machines, and fundraisers.
How are school fundraisers affected by Smart Snack guidelines?
Effective June 28, 2015, the Texas Department of Agriculture will allow school fundraisers for any type of food or beverage, regardless of nutritional value, six days per school year. However, these items may not be sold in competition with school meals in the food service area during meal service. On other days of the school year, food or beverage fundraiser items must meet Smart Snack guidelines, if the item is to be consumed during the school day. Items that are not compliant with the guidelines can still be sold and distributed, but only outside of the school day. Smart Snack guidelines define the school day as starting at midnight and ending 30 minutes after school. To determine if an item meets the Smart Snack guidelines, please click here.
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