Pioneer Valley Regional School District
Dear Parent or Guardian:
The 2019-2020 school year is upon us. We here at PVRSD Food Service are once again dedicated to serving delicious, wholesome, quality meals that meet the latest nutritional guidelines. As a refresher, here are some of the features your children enjoy:
Available on the Food Service page on PVRSD’s website you will be able to see the upcoming monthly menus. Please be aware that they are subject to change depending on product availability. Any changes that need to be made will be made known as far in advance as possible.
Additionally, the cafeterias will be open prior to school each day to provide a complete nutritious breakfast. All breakfasts are accompanied by a variety of fruit selections to enable students choose a full, healthy meal to start their day.
To help students understand what constitutes a full meal, we will feature signage in the cafeteria to help students make choices that are nutritious, balanced and stay within USDA standards for a full meal.
A reminder to all families that in 2010 the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act changed the meals served in school, and what foods are allowed in to the schools for celebrations. This pertains to all schools in the country. The "A List" is compiled by the USDA as acceptable foods to be served, sold, and brought in to our schools. Many of you have seen a shortened list that has been sent home with a list of foods. On the Food Service page located within the PVRSD site is the entire "A List" for those of you who would like the options of the total list. The snacks in the vending machines at Pioneer have been A List items for years now.
2.) Meal Assistance Program: The meal assistance program is a federally funded program that provides reduced and free meals to families that meet USDA income guidelines. Please contact your school administrative office or the Food Service Director to obtain an application. Complete the application (only one application per household is required) and return it to your child’s school. You will then be notified of the benefit level for which you qualify. You can apply or reapply at any time during the school year should your financial situation change. The program is operated in strict confidence and all students go through the same checkout process in the cafeteria eliminating any distinction between students that are participating in the meal assistance program and those who are not.
3.) Automated Point of Sale System: The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has an automated point of sale system from PaySchools. Parents will have 2 methods to fund their student’s account.
Option 1. Online Payments - You may set-up an online account using a Credit/Debit card to make deposits into your child’s account. In addition to providing you with a secure online payment option, the system will allow you instant access to details on what your child is purchasing in the cafeteria, as well as other convenience features such as automatic low balance alerts. This automated system will help increase the speed of service and allow students additional time for a more relaxing dining experience. Instructions for setting up your online account are available in an easy to follow video format on the Food Service page within the PVRSD website.
Option 2. You may send a check with your child made payable to the PVRSD. Please make sure to include the child’s name in the memo line. We encourage parents to either utilize the online payment method or to send in a check – cash can also be accepted, but is discouraged at the elementary school level.
\Prepaid monies deposited by either method can be used for purchases in the cafeteria.
4.) Credit Procedure: Verbal notification of negative balances may be provided to parents or guardians. E-mail notification for students who are charging meals may be sent to the student’s household. Weekly or bi-weekly letters will be sent home and a referral to administration will be made for students who continue to charge for multiple days. Please refer to the school district’s charge procedures for further information.
5.) Student Allergy / Special Needs Identification: If your student has a medically documented food allergy or special need when it comes to food, the Food Service Director will work closely with the school nurse and other personnel to ensure that your child’s specific needs are met. Please contact your Food Service Director with details.
7.) Local Purchasing & Green Initiatives: PVRSD Food Service has a robust local purchasing policy, and buys from local farms and food producers as much as possible. We are a strong supporter of the Farm to School initiative. We are also active in recycling and composting efforts. We are always looking to build new relationships with local farmers and environmentally conscious groups – please feel free to contact the Food Service Director.
Food Service Director
413-498-2911 ext 602
A reminder to all families that in 2010 the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act changed the meals served in school, and what foods are allowed in to the schools for celebrations. This pertains to all schools in the country. The "A List" is compiled by the USDA as acceptable foods to be served, sold, and brought in to our schools. Many of you have seen a shortened list that has been sent home with a list of foods. Here is the entire "A List" for those of you who would like the options of the total list. The snacks in the vending machines at Pioneer have been A List items for years now.
Food Service Director
Online Lunch Payments
To sign up to prepay for your child's meals at school, please go to payschoolscentral.com. When they ask for the special code, it is your child's student I.D. number.
You can add/manage your child's account right from this website.
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