We’re so excited to announce that RSU 18 has received a $25 000 grant from the Albertsons Companies Foundation Nourishing Neighbors Summer Meals Program. These funds support our RSU 18 Summer Meals Program under the direction of Barbara Bonnell, RSU 18 School Nutrition Director. This gift comes just in time because RSU 18 and other organizations that fight food insecurity are experiencing a dramatic increase in requests for assistance. Our thanks to Albertson Companies Foundation and our local Shaws store. And, of course, thank you for your continued support during this very challenging time!
FROM THE NUTRITION DIRECTOR
My name is Barbara Bonnell and I am the Nutrition Director for our District. I am very excited to rejoin RSU 18 and the foodservice program. Being an Oakland resident and a Messalonskee graduate, I feel home. I bring to you a wealth of knowledge in Child Nutrition Services with 30 years of experience which began as a dishwasher and has come full circle to Executive chef and now Nutrition Director.
Nourishing the children of our communities will be fun and exciting. Home-cooked meals are my specialty. Soups, chilies, and casseroles, along with a few whole-grain baked items such as fresh muffins, breads, and some breakfast enhancements are on the horizon for RSU 18 students and staff. I hope your children enjoy our services. Please feel free to call or email any questions, comments or concerns you may have about our menus, meals, and service. Our goal is to entice every child in the district to come and eat breakfast and lunch every day.
Barbara Bonnell, Nutrition Director
41 Heath Street
Oakland, ME 04963
FREE AND REDUCED MEALS
The federal government recognizes the direct link between adequate nutrition and a child’s success both in and out of school, and it understands that not all households have access to nourishing meals due to income. To help support these needy families and their young Learners, the federal government has established a federal income tax return based on household income that provides Free and Reduced priced lunches and FREE breakfasts directly to your Learners.
How to apply:
Online by going to: https://www.myschoolapps.com/
Contact your school for an application
Contact the Nutrition Director, Barbara Bonnell, (207) 465-7384
Print the Elementary free and reduced lunch application here and the
SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM
All RSU No.18 schools participate in the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The SBP is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential childcare institutions. Nationally, the SBP began as a pilot project in 1966 and was made permanent in 1975.
Regional School Unit No 18’s SBP provides a healthy and nutritious breakfast that has age-appropriate portions, offers more whole grains, zero grams of trans fat per portion, and more fruit! Breakfast starts in all schools at 7:30 AM and goes until 8:00 AM. This program is available to all students, and those students that qualify for Free or Reduced-price lunch automatically qualify for FREE breakfast.
Monthly Breakfast menus can be found in the “Monthly Menus” section of this web-page. We hope to see your student at breakfast to start their day out right!
ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM
Regional School Unit No. 18 offers online payment services School Lunch and Breakfast Programs through mySchoolBucks. Parents are able to create personal accounts and place up to $120 per student, which can be used to pay for school lunches and school breakfasts. Money on this account may be used as payment for the Snack Milk program.
Please visit the MySchoolBucks website for more details.
Before creating an account, you will need your student’s Student ID, which may be requested as you sign up for a MySchoolBucks account.
Maine Department of Education, Child Nutrition Services
This institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000d et seq.), Title XI of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC 1681 et seq.), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42USC 6101 et seq.); all provisions required by the implementation regulations of the Department of Agriculture; Department of Justice Enforcement Guidelines, 28 CFR Part S0.3 and 42; and FNS directives and guidelines, to the effect that, no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination under any program or activity for which the program applicant receives Federal financial assistance from FNS; and hereby gives assurance that it will immediately take measures necessary to effectuate this agreement.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. In accordance with state law, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination, write Maine Department of Education, Civil Rights Officer, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333, or call (207)-624-6820. Maine is an equal opportunity provider and employer.