Information about food services in Chester Upland will be contained here. Additionally, many of these resources can also be reached from individual school pages.
|Smart Snacks in School!
The Chester Upland School District is focused on the health of our school environment. Our school district has established nutrition standards for all snacks sold in school by any entity, including parent/student organizations, teachers, boosters, fundraisers, food service department and culinary education department. These standards for snack sales are in effect from midnight before school starts through ½ hour after school ends, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA and the Chester Upland School District Wellness Policy. Non-compliant foods may be sold from ½ hour after school through the end of the day. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on school property.
Healthy Snack Calculators
Is Your Snack a Smart Snack? To determine whether your Snack is a Smart Snack, use the Smart Snacks Product Calculator which was developed by Alliance for Healthier Generation to take the guess work out of nutrient guidelines. You simply enter the product information, answer a few questions and it determines whether your snack, side or entrée item meet the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Our students often need snacks to help them get enough calories (energy) throughout the school day. Choosing healthy snacks that add nutrients, like vitamins and minerals to their diets are essential. Smart snacking is a way to meet daily nutrient requirements that may be missed at meal times. Our Food Service Department offers healthier meals with fruits, vegetables and whole grains through our Breakfast and Lunch Programs. The Smart Snacks in School standards published by the USDA will build on those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to our students in our schools are tasty and nutritious.
All foods and beverages sold to students outside the school meal programs, on the school campus and at any time during the school day.
Nutrition Standards for Food
Applies to all grade levels.
Must meet two sets of standards:
Must meet all of the following:
Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient profiles as part of the food items sold. This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods.
Nutrition Standards for Beverages
Vary by grade level:
All food items sold as fundraisers on school property and available for sale during the school day must meet the guidelines below and will be reviewed by the principal of the school. Any fundraising group will check to see if what they are selling meet the guidelines prior to the commencement of the fundraiser. The Food Service Director shall assist the principal in determining the suitability of the fundraising items in accordance with the guidelines.
Must meet one of the General Standards:
Be a whole grain rich” grain product.
Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product or a protein food.
Be a combination food that contains a least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable.
Must meet all six specific Nutrient Standards:
Limits on Calories, Sodium, Total fat, Saturated fat, Trans Fat and Sugar accompaniments must be included in nutrient profile as part of the food item sold.
Classroom Parties/Holiday Celebrations
Classroom parties will offer minimal amount of foods and will provide the following:
ALL PARTS OF THE SCHOOL INVOLVED WITH SELLING FOOD TO STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY HAVE A ROLE IN MEETING THESE REQUIREMENTS.
The principal of each school or his/her designee is responsible for the Snack Program in the school. Each school is allowed five (5) exemption snack sales. Exemption snack sales are when the foods are non-compliant. Whenever a school has a sale (exempt or not) the principal/designee must notify the Food Service Director or the Food Service Coordinator by e-mail of the sale.
The principal/designee must keep a record of the number of exempt snack sales.
The principal/designee must make sure that all other snack sales meet the Smart Snack Requirements.
Smart snack regulations require that the principal/designee keep a record of the ingredients of the product being sold. For assistance contact Lori Deni, Food Service Director. She will be able to assist you with your questions. Phone #610-447-3478.
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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:
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