FROM THE NUTRITION DIRECTOR
Welcome back to another exciting year at RSU 18! Our talented Nutrition staff strive to prepare healthy, nourishing meals for our district’s students and staff each day. Watch the menus for new entrées this year. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start your day the right way with a healthy breakfast. At the Middle School and High School, we will offer more entrée and a-la-cart choices.
I am pleased to announce the district will be receiving federal funds from USDA to operate a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program in seven of our schools! The program is to increase the availability of free healthy snacks to the students each day. Atwood, Williams, China Primary, and China Middle School will continue their programs from last year and begin serving snacks on September 6th. James Bean, Belgrade Central, and Messalonskee Middle School are new to the program and will begin offering the snacks on October 1st.
See you all at breakfast and lunch! Have a wonderful school year!
Barbara Bonnell, Nutrition Director
41 Heath Street
Oakland, ME 04963
email: [email protected]
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 FREE & REDUCED APP w letter FOR SY 2023-2024
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.
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!
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or
retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities
who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA
through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online
at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a
written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. (Federal statement updated 5/18/2022) 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.
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.