February 23rd, 2017
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Questions
1)  Do you offer breakfast?
2)  My child is lactose intolerant and can not drink milk, can they still buy a lunch?
3)  How many choices does my child have on a daily basis?
4)  How healthy is lunch?
5)  What happens if my elementary child forgets their lunch?
6)  Where is the menu?
7)  How much is lunch and breakfast for the 2016-17 school year?
8)  May I pay for my child’s lunch online?
9)  What can this account be used for?
10)  We may be eligible for the free or reduced price meal program, how do we apply and how is my child’s privacy protected?
 
Answers
1)  Q Do you offer breakfast?
A
HCSD is part of the School Breakfast Program and offers breakfast in all buildings, open to all students. We offer a variety of items such as whole grain enriched reduced sugar cereal, whole grain enriched bagels and muffins, yogurt, cheese sticks, and a variety of fruit. Hot breakfast is offered two times per week.
2)  Q My child is lactose intolerant and can not drink milk, can they still buy a lunch?
A
The school nurse needs to receive a dated Doctors note stating such; we will provide your child with 100% fruit juice or by request on an individual basis only we can provide Lactaid instead of milk.
3)  Q How many choices does my child have on a daily basis?
A
We offer at least 4 different entrées each day at the elementary level. One to two Main Entree's, a Salad Plate Lunch, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is available daily, and a yogurt plate. Our side offerings may be hot vegetables, cold veggies, fresh fruit, canned fruits in their own juice or light syrup, 100 % fruit juice. Any meal purchaser may also take an 8 ounce milk, we offer 1%, fat free white milk and fat free chocolate.
4)  Q How healthy is lunch?
A
Our school’s Child Nutrition Program meets all and even surpasses the nutritional guidelines established by the USDA. To accomplish this we do not fry any foods, monitor the fats in all entrees offered as well as the sodium in foods, offer a large array of fruits and vegetables and sell only low fat milk. All grains offered are whole grain enriched. We purchase as often as possible from local growers. The meal is designed to be less than 30 % of caloric intake from fat while offering a variety of other nutrients and vitamins. You may see “ice juicy” or sherbet on the menu occasionally. These are made specifically for school to control the content, and are 100% fruit juice.
5)  Q What happens if my elementary child forgets their lunch?
A
We will feed your elementary child and you will receive a charge notice if the funds are not repaid. You may refer to the District’s charge policy on our website for more information.
6)  Q Where is the menu?
A
It is posted on this website as soon as it available. There are a limited amount printed as our intention is to go green, they will be available from the cashiers.
7)  Q How much is lunch and breakfast for the 2016-17 school year?
A

Lunch is $2.55, Breakfast is $1.50 and Milk is $.60 You are welcome to join your elementary child for lunch anytime. Adult lunches are $4.10, including taxes.

8)  Q May I pay for my child’s lunch online?
A
Yes, we offer parents a convenient, easy and secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time. MySchoolBucks.com online payments will have a $1.95 transaction fee. Hilton Central School District does not receive any of the $1.95 Fee. You can schedule automatic deposits for when your child's account balance runs low, or you can schedule recurring payments.

There is no charge to pay cash or check at the register, and you still have the option to use the FREE services including checking a student's meal purchase history, receiving low balance notification all without the $1.95 fee
9)  Q What can this account be used for?
A
The funds in your child’s account may be used for purchasing breakfast, lunch or snacks. If you do not wish for that to be the case contact our office and we can put a note on your child’s account limiting its use to lunch or breakfast only. In that situation you would send your child with cash for snack items.
10)  Q We may be eligible for the free or reduced price meal program, how do we apply and how is my child’s privacy protected?
A
Applications are mailed to every home in August. They are also available on line for you to download. Once they are correctly completed and returned to the food service office they are processed and a notice will be sent to your home. There is no distinction to indicate which children may be receiving a free or reduced price meal when they enter the cafeteria serving line. Your student will however, need to purchase a complete reimbursable meal in order for the meal to qualify for the free/reduced price; otherwise individual items will be charged full price. An example, if a student is only getting milk for the day and they qualify for free meals, there will be a charge of $.60 for milk.