Check the attached documents for your use in the school and for
staff catering or class room celebrations and a staff Wellness
The new Field Trip bag lunch contains a Turkey and
Cheese Sandwich, Applesauce, 100% Fruit Juice along with a milk and
fresh carrots. Meal carb content is listed on the related documents
section to the right.
For Administrators about Food Services
Link from Maine Dept of Education concerning confidentiality of this information: http://www.maine.gov/education/sfs/conf.html
CFR Part 456.6 - Determining Eligibility: ...any individual who
publishes, divulges, discloses or makes known in any manner, or to any
extent not authorized by statute or this section, any information
obtained under this section will be fined not more than $1,000 or
imprisoned for up to 1 year, or both.
How do parents find out about Meal Benefits (free and reduced price meals)?
Service prints and distributes to all schools over 11,000 Day 1
packets. The packet has information about changes in the program,
instructions for completing the Meal Benefit Application and the
Application itself which is color coded by year. Additional packets
must be available in your school office and can be completed at any
The majority of families are qualified automatically
through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services computer
list, about 2500 students. These families all get a letter from Food
Service letting them know not to file any additional paperwork.
remaining 1,000 students must turn in a paper application to their
teacher or kitchen team leader. Completed applications are processed by
the approving officers and a letter is mailed to each home that
What type of training does Food Service staff receive?
team leaders and their assistants must now be certified in Sanitation
under the Health Code. This is a 12 hour course followed by a 2 hour
exam which they must pass with a score of 75 or more.
Leaders attend a meeting the first Wednesday of each month at the
Central Kitchen to review paperwork, sanitation, standard operating
procedures, and changes. Additionally, there was now a full day of
training in August centered on customer service and the new regulations
as well as a full staff meeting each May to review the year and preview
the coming changes in the program.
Agendas are available to administrators by request.
What schools are offering free meals for every student?
of September 2014, the following schools are offering free breakfast
for every student (and staff if they are eating with students in the
East End, Riverton, Presumpscot, Lincoln, Moore, King
Middle, Reiche, and Hall School are offering free breakfast to every
We also offer free breakfast every day at Portland and Deering High Schools.