Welcome to Livonia Food Services
Welcome Back to school!
Thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding as we safely move forward with our reopening planning. We have had some recent changes with Food Service so I wanted to share a quick Q & A. One important thing to note is that meals will be available September 8-11th for pick-up for ALL students. Please use the Remote Learning Meal Order Form if you would like meals next week.How much do meals cost during the 2020-21 School Year?The USDA has extended free meals (breakfast and lunch) until the funds appropriated by congress are exhausted (no later than December 31, 2020). Because of this, we will offer free meals to all students until these funds run out. When the free meal program ends, we will go back to a free, reduced and full pay status using the same process used in prior years. Staff meals will be priced at $2.00 for breakfast and $4.05 for lunch.How will students get meals in school?Breakfast will be served as a grab-and-go in both buildings that will be consumed in classrooms. For lunch, elementary teachers will place orders each morning for all students in their class that will be delivered to their classrooms. In the Middle/High School, students will fill out a form in the morning that will indicate their meal preferences (this is a different form from the digital learner form). They will then pick up a lunch by walking through a grab-and-go and taking it back to their classroom to eat. In both buildings, students will be given the option of several meal choices each day (hot entree, sandwich, parfait, vegetarian).How will digital learners get meals?Digital learners, including ALL students the week of 9/8/20, can place orders using the 'Remote Learning Meal Order Form' on the Food Service Website. Meals can be picked up each day at the High School Cafeteria back door between the hours of 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. This door is in the side parking lot near where meal pickup occurred during the school closure. Please see signs upon your arrival to direct you (see this map for assistance: http://bit.ly/
LivoniaMealMap). Students placing an order for a meal will receive one breakfast and one lunch per day. For meal pick-ups, students will receive the hot entree unless there is an allergy that needs to be accommodated.Where can I find the lunch menu?
The lunch menu is located on the District website. You can find it by hovering over the word popular on the top right side of the homepage and clicking on the apple icon. You can also find it on the District Tab under Food Services or by using the URL www.livoniacsd.org/menu. (please note the September menu starts on the 9th but meals for pick-up will be available on the 8th)Will ice cream and other a la carte items be available?Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a la carte items or extra portions of meals (for instance, some students purchased multiple entrees in the past) during this time in order to comply with various health requirements regarding physical distancing.Who do I contact with questions about food service?Our Food Service Director, Rebecca Schorer, can be reached at RSchorer@livoniacsd.org or by calling 346-4000 x4060
Food Service Charge Procedures
Livonia Central School District provides the opportunity for all students to have a balanced, nourish meal which helps them to reach their highest level of learning potential throughout their school day.
We realize that students do sometimes forget or lose their meal money and therefore have set forth the below outlined charge procedures.
A computerized point of sale system is used to track student purchases, prepayment and charges. Each student is identified by his or her student identification number and picture id.
Meal Charge and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming Plan
- The goal of the Livonia Central School District is to provide student access to nutritious no- or low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a pupil whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a pupil whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees.
- Unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our school. The purpose of this policy is to insure compliance with federal requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and, and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances to ensure that the student is not stigmatized, distressed or embarrassed.
- The intent of this policy is to establish procedures to address unpaid meal charges throughout the Livonia Central School District in a way that does not stigmatize, distress or embarrass students. The provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced reimbursable school breakfast, lunch and snack meals only. The Livonia Central School District provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their money. Charging of items outside of the reimbursable meals (a la carte items, adult meals, etc.) is expressly prohibited.
- Free Meal Benefit - Free eligible students will be allowed to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal of their choice each day. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
- Reduced Meal Benefit - Reduced eligible students will be allowed to receive a breakfast of their choice for $.25 and lunch of their choice for $.25 each day. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student’s parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
- Full Pay Students - Students will pay for meals at the school’s published paid meal rate each day. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student’s parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
Ongoing Staff Training:
- Staff will be trained annually at the back to school workshop and throughout the year as needed on the procedures for managing meal charges using the NYSED Webinar or the school’s training program. New hired staff will be trained on this policy upon hire.
- The School Lunch Manger will include this in the annually self-review done yearly to ensure compliance with the district plan.
- Staff training includes ongoing eligibility certification for free or reduced price meals.
- Parents/guardians will be notified that a student’s account balance is exhausted and has accrued meal charges within 7 days of the charge via e-mail. A second attempt after 7 day will be made with a phone call and a follow up letter including a free/reduced application will be mailed home.
- Staff will communicate with parents/guardians with five or more meal charges to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals.
- A Meal application is mailed to each district household within the school calendar before the start of the school year and is available on the districts website. Meal Application Link
- School staff will make two documented attempts to reach out to parents/guardians to complete a meal application in addition to the application and instructions provided in the school enrollment packet.
- School staff will contact the parent/guardian to offer assistance with completion of meal application to determine if there are other issues within the household causing the child to have insufficient funds, offering any other assistance that is appropriate.
Minimizing Student Distress:
- School will not publicly identify or stigmatize any student on the line or discuss any outstanding meal debt in the presence of any other students. Students who incur meal charges will not be required to wear a wristband or handstamp, or to do chores or work to pay for meals. Schools will not throw away a meal after it has been served because of the student’s inability to pay for the meal or because of previous meal charges.
- Schools will not take any action directed at a pupil to collect unpaid school meal fees.
- Schools will deal directly with parents/guardians regarding unpaid school meal fees.
Ongoing Eligibility Certification:
- School staff will conduct direct certification with NYSSIS or using NYSED Roster Upload to maximize free eligibility. NYSED provides updated direct certification data monthly.
- School staff will provide parents/guardians with free and reduced price application and instructions at the beginning of each school year in school enrollment packet.
- Schools will provide at least two additional free and reduced price applications throughout the school year to families identified as owing meal charges.
- Schools will use administrative prerogative judiciously, only after using exhaustive efforts to obtain a completed application from the parent/guardian only with available information on family size and income that falls within approvable guidelines.
- Schools will coordinate with the foster, homeless, migrant, runaway coordinators to certify eligible students. School liaisons required for homeless, foster, and migrant students shall coordinate with the nutrition department to make sure such students receive free school meals, in accordance with federal law.
Students/Parents/Guardians may pay for meals in advance via www.myschoolbucks.com or with a check payable to Livonia Central School District School Lunch Fund. Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the possibility that a child may be without meal money on any given day. Any remaining funds for a particular student may/will be carried over to the next school year.
Refunds for withdrawn, and graduating students; a written or e-mailed request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. Students who are graduating at the end of the year will be given the option to transfer to a sibling’s account with a written or verbal request.
Unclaimed Funds must be requested within one school year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Livonia Central School District Food Service Program.
Thank you for your partnership and support with ensuring that we provide a nourishing meal for your student and maintain fiscal responsibility.