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Welcome to Nutrition Services!

 

 

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October 28, 2021

 

Dear Families,

The Methuen Public Schools Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and department labor shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items we’ve been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems, due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow.

All of this means that we may need to make quick substitutions to our menu(s) based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students, and we are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes when possible as soon as we identify an issue.

Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for your children. We love seeing them every day and appreciate your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year, so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you! 

 

Sincerely,

Bob Frati

Director of School Nutrition

 

 

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28 de octubre de 2021

 

Estimadas familias,

El Departamento de Nutrición de las Escuelas Públicas de Methuen les pide su paciencia y apoyo mientras navegamos nuevos desafíos. Como ya sabrán, actualmente nos enfrentamos a una escasez sin precedentes de alimentos y materiales de empaque, retrasos masivos o cancelaciones de entregas, y escasez de mano de obra en el departamento. La escasez y los retrasos en todo el país han afectado la disponibilidad de ciertos alimentos, lo que ha provocado la sustitución de artículos del menú que hemos podido ofrecer regularmente en el pasado. Estos problemas de surtido están ocurriendo en todo el país y son especialmente difíciles para los sistemas escolares, debido a la cantidad de comidas que servimos y a las normas de nutrición que seguimos.

Todo esto significa que puede que tengamos que hacer rápidas sustituciones en nuestro(s) menú(es) en función de lo que podamos adquirir. Sabemos que esto afecta a los estudiantes, y estamos haciendo todo lo posible para proporcionar actualizaciones sobre los cambios de menú cuando sea posible tan pronto como identifiquemos un problema.

 Por favor, sepa que nuestra prioridad número uno sigue siendo proporcionar comidas saludables, nutritivas y apetitosas para sus hijos. Nos encanta verlos todos los días y apreciamos su apoyo y paciencia mientras continuamos ofreciendo comidas sin costo para todos los estudiantes. La buena noticia es que el desayuno y el almuerzo gratuitos continuarán durante todo el año escolar, así que por favor sigan con nosotros mientras enfrentamos otro desafío. Su participación ayuda a que nuestro programa se mantenga firme, ¡y esperamos poder servirle! 

Sinceramente,

Bob Frati

Director de Nutrición Escolar

 

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PUBLIC MEDIA RELEASE

Methuen Public Schools will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program Seamless Summer Option. As part of this program, Methuen High School, Tenney, Timony, Marsh and CGS Grammar Schools will offer healthy meals every school day at NO COST due to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow the Seamless Summer Option through School Year 2021-2022.  Students will be able to participate in these programs without having to pay a fee or submit a household application.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

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: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint , 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 protected].

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

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Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

Nutritional information is currently available with our menus by hovering over any item or by selecting nutrients on the top of the screen, then selecting Nutrition Report Card. In addition to this information we now have an additional resource that may assist in selecting meals.

Our purchasing collaborative, the Massachusetts School Buying Group, has posted product, ingredient, and allergen information for many of the items we serve in our programs. Items are listed by category to allow for easier searching.

Click to see more! https://www.massbuyinggroup.com/msbg-nutritionals.html

Watch this tutorial video to learn more about using this tool! 

Methuen School Nutrition Services is very pleased to provide parents an on-line system to add funds to student meal accounts.  You may use your credit/and or debit card for the transaction, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Please note that we are unable to take credit card payments at our office, this is only available over the internet. You are not charged any fee to view account activity and balances.We will still accept cash and checks made out to Methuen School Lunch with your child(ren’s) name and pin written in the memo line. You are more than welcome to view your children’s accounts and send in a check for free.

Parents who use the on-line system must first create an account.  Student ID numbers are available for parents as a search feature, you will need this as part of the on-line registration.  No personal information about your student is available online.  The district does not keep your credit card information on file and you will need to re-enter your credit card # each time you use the online system. 

You can access the new on-line payment website by going to MySchoolBucks.com.  Complete the registration page, and add your child(ren)’s names and ID numbers.  Once you have registered and created a password you will not need the student ID number again. You can check your child’s account balances as long as you have access to the internet. 

Payments made online will typically be credited within 15 minutes, but Internet Connection issues will create a delay.  There is a convenience fee of $2.00 per transaction (a transaction could be one child or several children.) This fee is not paid to the Methuen School District.

We hope this will make payments easier and more convenient.  Please follow the instructions to create an account for your child(ren), make deposits, and view account balances and activity.

Please don't hesitate to call with any questions or concerns at (978) 722-6010.

Sincerely,

Bob Frati

[email protected]

 

Methuen Public Schools offer healthy meals every school day. Free and Reduced Meal Benefits are available to qualified families. You may apply for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits online at https://www.schoollunchapp.com/District.aspx . Our online application option is fast, convenient and secure. If you prefer a paper application, write the Methuen Public School Nutrition Department, 10 Ditson Pl., Methuen, MA 01844.  You can pick up copies of applications at all of our schools or download them from our website at http://methuenschoolmeals.com/?page=main .

 

 

 


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