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    Child Nutrition Picture

    CHILD NUTRITION DEPARTMENT
     
    Mailing Address:                                   Physical Address:      
                   
    301 EAST HOUSE STREET                Building F
    ALVIN, TEXAS 77511                          2200 STAPP MAXWELL
                                                                 ALVIN, TEXAS 77511
                            
    Phone: 281-245-2277
    Fax: 281-331-8052   
      
               

     Frequently Asked Questions
    Alvin ISD
    Child Nutrition Department
               
    Our district has computerized its food service registers. When a student enrolls, he or she is given 
    a PIN number that will follow he or she through all of the grades at all Alvin ISD campuses. Entering
    the PIN number at the cash register brings up your child's account. Every student in the school district,
    regardless of his or her ability to pay, is issued a PIN number. The student PIN number must remain
    confidential information and must not be shared. PIN numbers can be changed at any time by requesting
    the school cafeteria manager change the number. Meals can be paid for using cash or checks at the
    cafeteria registers or by credit card securely online at: 
    School Cafe.com
     
     

    Can an adult set up a cafeteria account?
     
    All staff accounts are automatically created at the time of employment. Visitor account can be created by
    any cafeteria manager. Staff and visitors are also welome to use a generic adult account at any time,
    Staff and visitor accounts can be funded or monitored 24/7 via: School Cafe.com

    How can I manage my student and or adult meal account?

    Parents are strongly encouraged to use School Cafe at: School Cafe.com

     
    to manage their student's or adult cafeteria account. When using School Cafe you can register to receive 
    low balance email reminders and you can also monitor your child or adult account. Using School Cafe in
    this way is at NO COST to you!
    Should you wish to deposit deposit money in your child's account using
    School Cafe, a fee of $1.75 will be charged by School Cafe.
     Payment is often received within 15 minutes,
    although the site cannot guarantee immediate payment due to the nature of internet connections etc. You
    can always send a check or cash with your child and we will gladly accept your payment in the cafeteria.
     
     What happens when my child's account runs out of money?
     
    Students are allowed to charge one breakfast and one lunch. Once this limit is reached, schools
    will continue to allow charging until all attempts at reaching the student's guardians have failed.
    At this time, students will either be served an alternative meal or not served. Negative
    balances are communicated to guardians via School Cafe, balance reminder letters/emails,
    negative balance lists sent to offices, and monthly phone reminders. 
     

    If my student leaves Alvin Schools, how do I get my account
    balance refunded, donated, or transferred?           
               

    Refund/Transfer Forms are available here: Cafeteria Account Refund/Transfer Form

    and at the school cafeteria offices.Once the completed forms are received by the Child
    Nutrition Department, the Business Office cuts and mails checks every Friday. 
    Depending on when the refund form was submitted, you should receive your check in
    about two weeks.
              
     
    How do I apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals?
               
    To qualify for the Free & Reduced-price meal benefits, a student's parent or guardian must fill out an
    online application for each school year.
     Apply 24/7 online here: School Cafe.com 
               
    A new application must be filled out at the beginning of each new school year. All household members,
    including all students should be included in one form. Only one form per household is required.
     
    If the household income falls within the income guidelines as set by USDA each year, then you will be
    notified within 10 days of receipt of the application of the approval status. Paper applications will
    continue to be accepted; however
    applicants are encouraged to submit applications online for faster

    processing. Paper forms are available at the Child Nutrition Department located at 2200 Stapp-Maxwell,
    Building F in Alvin, Texas.The cafeteria computer accounts are updated nightly as students are
    approved for free or reduced-price
    meal benefits.

    Meal eligibilities are kept strictly confidential.
    The codes are confidential and only the student and cashier know the student's status.
    Applications may be submitted any time during the school year.
    If you have questions, please call 281-245-2277.
     
     

    How do I find out what is being served?

    School menus are planned and prepared in cycles. All menus are available here on our web site using the
    Meal Viewer App, see the link below. Substitutions may occur on the menu due to product availability, student
    preferences and government commodity inventories. We try very hard to supply what is on the menu to
    every elementary child in the district.
     

     
    What is "Offer Vs. Serve" and "Components"?

    For instance, At breakfast we must offer students 4 items from 3 components (Milk, Grain, Fruit): 

    1.  Milk- 8 oz, 1 component and 1 item  
    2.  Grains- 2 servings (2 items) or a Grain + a Meat (as a grain) option (2 items)
    3.  Total of 1 cup of fruit or fruit juice(4 oz.)

    They only have to take 3 of the 4 or they can take all 4. One item must be a fruit or fruit juice.  
    The price is the same.

    For lunch, we must offer 5 components:
     
    1. Meat or meat alternate like cheese or eggs -1 to 2 OZ. serving  (1 component)
    2. Fruit - 1/2  to 1 cup (1 component)
    3. Vegetable  - 3/4 to 1 cup (1 component)
    4. Bread or bread alternate 1 serving  (like rice or pasta) (1 component) 
    5. Milk 8 OZ serving (1 component)
     
    They only have to take (be served) 3 of the 5 components or they can take all 5 at the same price.
    At least 1 of the 3 components MUST be a serving of fruit or vegetable.
    This is called Offer Vs. Serve meal service. It allows the students choices and also helps us keep prices
    lower for our 
    students, while insuring they receive a well-balanced nutritious meal. Sometimes we ask a
    student who has not taken the minimum number of items on the
     tray to select another item to make the
    meal reimbursable. This helps us keep our reimbursement and allows the student to pay a lower price for
    an entire meal, instead of paying for each item separately (a la carte) when the required number of items are
    not taken.
                      

    Use of Information Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us. The Richard B. Russell National
    School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not,
    we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security
    number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not
    required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member
    signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is
    eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We
    MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or
    determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into
    violations of program rules.

     

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