Parent Info

2022-2023 School Year

Dear Parents:

 Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

For the past 2+ years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has offered waivers to Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) across the United States, allowing these programs to offer all students breakfast and lunch at no charge. These waivers expired on June 30, 2022.

Many families will see changes in school meals this fall. We have worked tirelessly to get healthy food to children during COVID-19, and we will keep working hard to serve children healthy meals this coming school year.

What will the 2022-2023 school year look like?  Breakfast and lunch will continue to be offered.  However, Child Nutrition Programs across the nation will return to pre-pandemic operations. 

  • Families will once again be asked to complete and submit meal applications to see if their child(ren) qualify for free or reduced priced meals.  Approval is based on the household’s income.  The 2022-23 online meal application will be available early August 2022.  Families that believe their income is under the limit should fill out an application for free or reduced-price meals through their school.
  • Children are automatically eligible for free meals if anyone in their household gets SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR benefits. In some states, families with Medicaid may also qualify, depending on their income.
  • Children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, runaway youth, or children of migrant workers all qualify for free school meals when their household fills out an application. 
  • Children who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals may pay full price for a healthy breakfast or lunch at school.  The meal prices for the 2022-23 school year will be posted on the Child Nutrition Program website: www.cnpbr.org.
  • There are two (2) schools that participate in the “Community Eligibility Provision” (CEP): Redemptorist St Gerard and St Francis Xavier.  Students attending these schools will receive free breakfast and lunch.

The CACFP (Afterschool Meals/Supper) will continue to be offered.  These meals are free to all students attending a participating school, regardless of income.

In addition to returning to pre-pandemic operations, Child Nutrition Programs across the nation continue to face the same challenges many grocery stores and other places are having with getting all the food and supplies they need. When this happens, school nutrition professionals are doing everything they can to serve healthy meals to your child. Sometimes that means needing to swap out some foods for others because some foods are easier to get.

School meals have to meet strong nutrition standards, and we are continuing to work hard to serve students the nutritious, delicious meals they need to learn and grow.  Healthy for Life is our commitment to create healthier environments and communities, by providing comprehensive nutrition and wellness education. This year we will continue to expand the program with more freshly prepared meals, fresh vegetables and fruit.  We have updated the program design to better reflect the sophisticated tastes of today's students.

Breakfast

We realize eating breakfast at school helps children learn.  Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast at the start of their school day are more focused on learning.  Our students will have the option of a cold or hot breakfast.

Lunch

For your students, we offer a variety of meal choices with one goal in mind: to provide outstanding service and high quality, "student-friendly", meals that meet or exceed the latest federal and state requirements.  Our school menus are designed to ensure that students receive a balanced meal, consisting of foods from all major food groups in the right proportions to meet calorie and other nutrient needs.

We appreciate your support, and we are proud to serve you.  For more information about our menus and programs, please visit our website at www.cnpbr.org.  To learn more about healthy school meals visit http://www.fns.usda.gov or www.myhealthyforlife.com.

We hope that you and your child(ren) have a great year! Please feel free to call our office with any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Lynda Carville

CNP Director

 

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    program.intake@usda.gov

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Online Meal Payment System 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Child Nutrition Program is excited to announce our online payment system MySchoolBucks®! This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check.

You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts for FREE!

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or with the Mobile App for your iPhone, Android or Windows phone!
  • Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the district. Eliminate the need for your students to take money to school.
  • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments & more!
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.
  • Security – MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP.

Enrollment is easy!

1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.

2. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your account.

3. Add your student(s) using:

School District: Diocese of Baton Rouge Child Nutrition Program

School Name: The Diocesan School Your Child Attends

Student Info: Name, DOB AND/OR Student ID # (Optional)

4. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check. A program fee of $2.49 will apply. You will have the opportunity to review payment/ fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:

Thank you,

Lynda Carville, CNP Supervisor

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2022-2023 Free/Reduced Priced Meal Info

 

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Child Nutrition Afterschool Meals (Supper) Program

The Child Nutrition Program will continue the Afterschool Meals (Supper) Program at participating schools.

The Afterschool Meals (Supper) Program is a component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that offers Federal funding to afterschool programs that serve a meal or snack to children through the age of 18.

In order to qualify, the program must provide educational or enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment. Although there are no specific requirements for the types of educational and enrichment activities that a program can offer, examples include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts, homework assistance, life skills, remedial education, organized fitness activities, etc.

All programs that participate in the afterschool supper program must report the total number of meals and snacks served to eligible children based on daily attendance rosters or sign-in sheets. These records must be kept for three years.

For more information, please click here.

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Extra Sales:

If your child participates daily or brings a bag lunch, he/she may purchase individual servings (Extra Sales) instead of, or in addition to, the meal offered as part of the National School Lunch Program; as long as your child has money in his/her meal account.

All students can purchase the following Extra Sales items: an extra entrée, extra salad, extra vegetables, extra fruit, extra roll, extra milk, Ice cream, cookies, fruit juice, bottled water, etc.

Additional information regarding the Extra Sales program:

  • Students cannot charge Extra Sale items.
  • Additional money will need to be deposited into your child’s account (this includes students that were approved for free or reduced meals).
  • Students will be allowed to purchase Extra Sale items unless the parent submits the Extra Sales NON-PARTICIPATION FORM stating that they do not want their child/children to purchase Extra Sales. This form must be submitted to the café manager at your child’s school by the 2nd week of August.

Please feel free to contact your café manager if you need any additional information.

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Food Allergies:

To better serve our students with special diet needs, all dietary orders will need to be renewed EACH SCHOOL YEAR. Dietary requests will be valid only for the school year in which they are written and will expire at the end of the school year. Current dietary requests will expire on the last day of school of this current school year.

If you have not submitted a form for this school year, please submit a form to your Café Manager and school nurse on a current Louisiana Special dietary order form. As with new dietary requests, signature from a physician or other recognized medical authority is required.

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Request for Refund of Meal Account Money

Student’s meal account money will be automatically carried over to the next school year.

However, parents/guardians should submit a Refund Request at the end of the current school year if any of the following situations occur:

1) The student is graduating from the 8th or 12th grade and is not returning to a Diocesan school OR

2) The student is no longer enrolled at a Diocesan school.

Refund Requests will be accepted during the current school year for the following reasons only:

1) The student's meal status has changed OR

2) The student is no longer enrolled at a Diocesan school.

If any of the above apply to your child(ren), please complete the 2022-2023 Request for Refund of Meal Money Form by and turn it in to the cafeteria manager at your child's school.3

Refunds will be made by check only and will be mailed to the address indicated on the Refund Request form. No credit / debit cards will be credited. Convenience fees charged for making online payments and NSF fees are non-refundable.

Please allow 30 days for your request to be processed; from the date it is received in the Child Nutrition Program's Central Office.  All End-of-Year refunds will be processed in June.

NOTE: If you are trying to request a refund for the 2021-2022 school year, please complete this form and email it to the CNP office at cnp@diobr.org2021-22 Refund Request Form