Dear WNYMCS Family,
The School Nutritional Program is meeting new stringent but exciting federal nutrition standards for school meals. These new standards ensure that meals are healthy and well-balanced to provide students with all the nutrition they need to succeed in school.
The new standards set strict regulations for portion sizes yet offer a wide variety of different fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains. Some of the new standards include:
- Portion sizes and calories individualized for each grade group (5-12).
- Fat-free or low-fat milk varieties.
- More whole-grain products such as breads, pastas, and rice.
- Students must select a minimum of 1 cup of fruit or vegetable on their tray at lunch.
We are always working to offer WNYMCS students healthy and nutritious school lunch choices. School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families. Encouraging your child to choose a well-balanced school breakfast and lunch will teach them to make smart food choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
WE ARE PLEASE TO INFORM YOU THAT WNYMCS WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A MEAL CERTIFICATION OPTION AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAMS.
ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED AT WNYMCS ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A HEALTHY BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT NO CHARGE TO YOUR HOUSEHOLD FOR THE 2022-2026 SCHOOL YEARS
We look forward to serving your children. To find out more about healthy school meals and for more information about what's new in school nutrition, including the new federal regulations, visit http://www.traytalk.org or http://portal.nysed.gov/portal/page/pref/CNKC .
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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.
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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:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.