High School
Cafeteria Survival Guide
 
Going through the lunch line as a freshmen can be both confusing and frustrating if they are not prepared to handle the experience. Here are some helpful tips to hopefully make it a more enjoyable event!
The first item we need to cover is:
 “What is a "Type A" meal”?
"Type A" meals are also referred to as reimbursable meals. Reimbursable meals provide funds from the State and Federal Government for providing complete meals that meet the guidelines established by the USDA. These funds help defer the costs associated with providing a meal.
"Type A" meals consist of up to 5 components:
meat/meat alternate requirement
bread/bread alternate requirement
fruit requirement
vegetable requirement
milk
Three of the five components must be taken for the meal to qualify as a "Type A" meal. One of the components must be a fruit or vegetable.  This is important for students who take advantage of the free or reduced meal program.
  • Entrées are typically considered as the meat/bread component, such as a Chicken Patty, Bosco Sticks, or General Tso’s Chicken.
  • Fruits and vegetables are separate components with a total offering of 8 ounces (1 cup) per component.
  • There is no substitute for a carton of milk, but any flavor will fill the requirement.
Here are some examples of a "Type A" lunch with all five (5) components:
 
Example #1
Chicken Patty on a Bun - meat/meat alternate & bread/bread alternate requirement
 4 oz Cup of Green Beans - fruit/vegetable requirement
4 oz Cup of Corn - fruit/vegetable requirement
4 oz Cup of Peaches - fruit/vegetable requirement
4 oz Cup of Pears - fruits/vegetable requirement
Milk – Once again, there is no substitute for milk
 
Example #2
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - meat/meat alternate & bread/bread alternate requirement
4 oz Cup of Tossed Salad - fruit/vegetable requirement
4 oz Orange cut up into smiles - fruit/vegetable requirement
4 oz Cup Brussel Sprouts - fruit/vegetable requirement
Milk - Once again, there is no substitute for milk
 
Example #3
Grilled Cheese Sandwich - meat/meat alternate & bread/bread alternate requirement
8 oz Cup Steamed broccoli - fruit/vegetable requirement
4 oz Cup Mixed Fruit - fruit/vegetable requirement
Milk - Once again, there is no substitute for milk
 
Here are some examples of a "Type A" lunch with less than five components:
Remember that a student only needs 3 of the 5 offered components to receive the discounted price.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the program and take all items they are entitled to:
 
Example #1
Cheeseburger - meat/meat alternate & bread/bread alternate
4 oz Carton of Juice - fruit/vegetable

Example #2
Norwin Hoagie - meat/meat alternate & bread/bread alternate
4 oz Cup of Applesauce - fruit/vegetable


All examples cost the current price listed on the menu and are reimbursable meals.
Clearly it is not only a better financial decision to take all five components, but the lunch is much more filling and nutritious.
 
  Please take advantage of the additional offerings of fruits and vegetables
 
 
Paying for Meals
There is a District ‘no charge’ policy at the High School which can be viewed on the District webpage under "School Board"  "Policies and Procedures" "800 Operations". Students who do not have money in their account or cash to purchase a meal, will be denied a lunch. They will be permitted to call a parent/guardian to bring in funds or to make a deposit on RevTrak through Family Access. It is the student’s responsibility to know their account balance on a daily basis. Deposits should be made in check form, not cash. The cancelled check will serve as your receipt of deposit. Family Access is a great tool for parents/guardians to monitor deposits, what their children are purchasing, and account balances as well as depositing additional funds into their accounts. Information on Family Access can be obtained from the District webpage or calling the main office. If you have any questions about your child's account, please contact either:
Ms. Marchelle DePalma, High School Kitchen Manager at 724-861-3005 x3400 (mdepalma@norwinsd.org)
 Mr. Rod Stewart, Director of Food & Nutrition Service at 724-861-3038 (rstewart@norwinsd.org)
 
 
Ala Carte Items (Not "Type A")
There are items that are served on a daily basis that are not considered to be components of the "Type A" meal. These items are ala carte purchases all of the time and will not be included in the "Type A" meal price.
Some examples of ala carte items are: Soup of the Day, Soft Pretzels, Bottles of Water, and Baked Bagged Snacks.


ID Badges
All students are to use their picture ID badge to access their lunch account. If a student does not have their ID badge when entering the cafeteria, they will be asked to go to the end of the line. This is so the line can continue to flow smoothly for students that follow the rules and use their ID badges. Students without badges will need to manually enter their numbers into a keypad which causes delays in the lunch line.

The cafeteria ladies are there to help and assist students with all aspects of the lunch program.
 Please do not hesitate to ask them questions.


Rod Stewart
Director of Food and Nutrition Services
724-861-3038
rstewart@norwinsd.org

Last Modified on February 22, 2017
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