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    Students need a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day to keep them healthy and to help them stay focused on learning. Children who develop healthy eating habits and are physically active have a greater chance of being healthy for life and are more likely to do better in school.

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    Watervliet schools eliminate peanut butter from menu

    In Food Service news, Watervliet City Schools will no longer serve peanut butter as part of our school meals program starting Monday, Sept. 13.

    This move is in the interest of the health and safety of all students, as food allergies continue to be a growing concern in schools throughout the country. The Food Service program will offer sun butter as an alternative. Sun butter is made from sunflower seeds and is free of major food allergens, including gluten.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one in 13 children has a food allergy. The CDC reports that nearly 40% of these children have experienced a severe allergic reaction, with many of these incidents occurring at school.

    District switches to new online school meal payment program

    The Watervliet City School District has a new online school meal payment program – Titan School Solutions. This new program replaces MySchoolBucks. Any balances you have on MySchool Bucks will automatically transfer to the new system so there’s nothing you need to do!

    Sign up for Titan today!

    To create an online school meal payment account for your child, simply go to the Titan School Solutions website, https://family.titank12.com, and create a new account. In doing this, you will be able to make payments towards the purchase of additional lunch, snack or a la carte food items from the cafeteria. Your child will use the same ID number that has been Titan School Solutions assigned to them. You can also submit a meal application through TITAN School Solutions for the current school year. Sign up today! to begin the process of making a new account. 

    Additional benefits of the Titan system include: balance transfers, setting spending limits, low balance notification, and so much more. Although school meals are free to ALL students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), we encourage families to submit a CEP Household Income Eligibility Form to qualify for additional benefits within the school.

    Titan FAQs

    Find answers to many frequently asked questions on the TITAN Family Portal.

    For further questions, please call Food Service Director Ross Tuskey at 518-598-8151, or the support line for TITAN School Solutions at 916-467-4700, Option 2.

    Find Meals For Kids When School Is Closed

    https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids

    Summer 2021 is here!

    Kids and teens can get free, healthy summer meals while staying safe. Many meal sites are serving grab-and-go meals to allow for social distancing.

    www.summermealsny.org

    Hunger Free America operates the National Hunger Hotline on behalf of USDA. The hotline is a resource for individuals and families seeking information on how to obtain food. The National Hunger Hotline staff connects callers with emergency food providers in their community, government assistance programs, and various social services.

    Find free food near you by calling the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY (866-348-6479) or 877-8-HAMBRE from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, or by visiting our online database of food pantries and soup kitchens.

    You may also text “97779” to the automated service with a question that may contain a keyword such as “food”, “summer”, “meals”, etc. to receive an automated response to resources located near an address and/or zip code.

    To receive updates about the status of Pandemic-EBT benefits in your state, text “PEBT” to 97779.

    Follow Hunger Hotline on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more resources.


    Watervliet’s Food Service Department offers healthy food choices in compliance with the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The legislation was developed to improve nutrition and focus on reducing childhood obesity, in part by asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to set national standards for school lunch meals, which include:

    • Increased servings of fruits and vegetables
    • Set maximum calorie targets
    • Use of whole grains in breads/grains served (pasta, tortillas, etc.)
    • Reduced sodium, saturated fat and trans fat 
    • Offer only 1 percent or fat-free milk and fat-free flavored milk

    All Watervliet students to have access to free school meals

    The Watervliet City School District offers free school breakfast and lunch to  all students (kindergarten to grade 12), regardless of family income, through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This national program, overseen locally by the New York State Education Department, allows eligible high-needs schools to serve breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students, regardless of economic eligibility.

    The CEP program was implemented at the elementary school level in 2016-17, and was expanded to Watervliet Junior/Senior High students in September 2017.

    The provision, authorized under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, permits eligible schools to provide meal service and after-school snacks to all students at no charge, regardless of family income. Watervliet qualified for the program based on the number of students who are eligible to be directly certified for free school meals.

    Under the provision’s requirements, students must take a complete entrée, including fruit, vegetable and milk. Students will continue to have the option to pay for items if they want additional meals, à la carte items, snacks or just milk. Parents can still upload money to their child’s Titan School Solutions account to cover the cost of the additional items.

    Families are asked to submit a brief CEP Household Income Eligibility Form. Collection of this information is necessary for the district to qualify for federal and state funding for other educational and student programs. Please submit one form per household. Copies of this form also are available by contacting Susan Frank, Shared Food Service Program Specialist at Capital Region BOCES. Call (518) 464-5133, or email: susan.frank@neric.org 

    School breakfast and lunch meals follow United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals.

    District’s online meal payment system: Titan School Solutions

    Students may purchase additional lunch or a la carte food items from the cafeteria. Parents may upload money to their child’s Titan School Solutions account to cover the costs of additional items.

    Healthy snack options offered by food service department for in-school celebrations

    During the school year, parents of elementary school students can order healthy snack options from the district’s food service department for their child’s classroom celebrations. Orders can be placed in the elementary school cafeteria, and should be made two weeks in advance. Payment is in cash or by check only; order form must accompany payment [Download Celebration Order Form]. Questions? Contact Cook Manager Darryl Whited by phone at 518-629-3261, or email dwhited@vlietschools.org.

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