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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.

    The Watervliet 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 has implemented a meal certification option to our schools – Watervliet Elementary School and Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School – participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

      What does this mean for me and for my children who attend the school(s) identified above?

      All students enrolled at Watervliet City School District are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2022-23 school year. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.

      Do I still need to complete a Household Income Eligibility Form?

      Yes, you still need to complete a form. Our school is eligible to receive additional state and federal funds based on the number and/or percentage of students enrolled who reside in households that meet established federal income guidelines. We use the Household Income Eligibility Form to collect household information. The form also helps our school district qualify for education funds and discounts. Please complete the form online at: https://family.titank12.com/income-form/new?identifier=SJ5X3A

      The form is available at each school if you don’t have access to it online. You may return completed forms to school with your student to the attention: Ross Tuskey, School Lunch Director.

      Please call Jennifer Radigan, Shared Food Service Specialist at 518-464-5106 or email jennifer.radigan@neric.org, if you have any questions.

      Sincerely,
      Watervliet City School District Food Service Team

      Titan School Solutions: online school meal payment program

      The Watervliet City School District uses an online school meal payment program called Titan School Solutions. 

      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 strongly 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 contact Food Service Director Ross Tuskey at 518-598-8151, or the support line for TITAN School Solutions at 916-467-4700, Option 2.

      Non-Discrimination Statement

      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 P-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:

      1. mail:
      U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

      2. fax:
      (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

      3. email:
      program.intake@usda.gov

      This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

      Watervliet schools eliminate peanut butter from menu

      As of September 2021, Watervliet City Schools no longer serves peanut butter as part of our school meals program.

      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 currently offers 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.

      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.

      Affordable Connectivity Program

      As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the President and Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households up to $30/month (or $75/month for households living on Tribal lands) toward their internet bills, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

      All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price school meals under the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, within the last 12 months, including children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, are eligible for ACP benefits.

      Households are also independently eligible if:

      1. their income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level ($55,500 for a family of four); or
      2. a member of the household participates in certain other Federal benefit programs—including, among others, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and Federal Public Housing Assistance.

      To further lower costs, the Biden-Harris Administration secured commitments from internet service providers across the country to offer high-speed plans that are fully covered by the ACP. As a result, millions of working families can now get high-speed internet without paying a dime.

      Families can check their eligibility, sign up, and find fully covered plans at GetInternet.gov (mobile-accessible and available in Spanish) or by calling 877-384-2575.

       

      Find Meals For Kids When School Is Closed

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

      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.