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.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. (Federal statement updated 1/3/2020)State The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, religion, ancestry or national origin. Complaints of discrimination must be filed at the office of the Maine Human Rights Commission, 51 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0051. If you wish to file a discrimination complaint electronically, visit the Human Rights Commission website at https://www.maine.gov/mhrc/file/instructions and complete an intake questionnaire. Maine is an equal opportunity provider and employer.