The goal of our Child Nutrition Program is to nourish your student(s) so that that they are ready to learn. We prepare fresh, homemade meals every day and offer opportunities for your student(s) to learn about good nutrition and health through exposure to new foods. We are so happy to be able to serve your students every day!
“Our Children are nourished by our actions and efforts of today, to ensure a better tomorrow.”
We offer both breakfast and lunch. We believe these meals help students be prepared to learn and will make a difference in their academic success.
Even if your child eats breakfast at home he/she may still benefit from breakfast at school. Students who eat breakfast close to the time they start their academic day have greater ability to concentrate and stay focused. Students may order breakfast in the morning.
Our lunches feature fresh, often locally produced, homemade entrees with sides including fresh vegetables (from our school garden in the Fall and early Winter) and lots of fruit. Students have many choices and will find both familiar favorites as well as new foods to expand their knowledge and experience of food.
MILK at LUNCH - Milk comes with every MEAL at no charge. However, milk is also available for students to purchase to go with a meal brought from home. Milk is $.65 and if sold by itself, is not part of the Free Meals benefits.
We try to do whatever we can to meet the needs of students on special diets. Please talk directly to the School Nutrition Manager or the ANWSD Food Service Director to discuss accommodations we can make for your child.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a Federal program which allows us help to introduce your students to a wide variety of fruits and veggies that promote good health by sending prepared fruits/veggies to classrooms. We have submitted a grant to run the program this year starting in October, three days a week including a monthly nutrition education activity. We will keep you posted.
Our program will be using a new Point of Sale system starting this year. The system is very easy for students to use and will allow us to keep track of student meal purchases and accounts with ease and accuracy. The School Nutrition program is based on debit and not credit so please help our program by making sure there are enough funds in your child's account for the meals he/she will want/need. PIN System: Your child will use a PIN number to purchase meals. This number will stay with your student through grade 12. When he/she enters the number on the PIN pad, funds will automatically be deducted from the student account. We will provide assistance for students to learn their numbers quickly and also they can aìways use their name if they forget the PIN.
Food Service Payments: You may put as much money in your student's account as you wish. Positive balances remain in your student's account from year to year and can be refunded at the end of high school or ifyour student leaves the district. You must maintain a positive balance throughout the school year.
Paying with cash or check: Payments made in cash should always be in a sealed envelope with your student's name written clearly on the outside. Payments made by check should be made out to:
ANWSD School Nutrition Service - Vergennes Union Elementary School
Be sure to write your student's name in the note section of the check.
Paying on-line: We will also be able to process on-line payments with the new system. More information about this process will be coming soon.
We strongly discourages charging meals. You will be notified by the school nutrition manager and/or the Principal if your account is in arrears. We will not discuss financial matters with students in elementary school and we will always feed our students who need a meal. In return, please make it a priority to keep money in vour child's account. You may review our full Meal Charge Regulations here.
We encourage all families to apply for Free Meals. The State of Vermont has eliminated the Reduced category for this benefit so all eligible students receive FREE meals. This program is a great resource in several ways:
Apply early in the year to get the most benefits. You may also apply at anv time throughout the year if you decide you need the benefit. One application per family. Please return in an envelope to your child's school as soon as possible or mail directly to Martha Kenfield, ANWSD, 11 Main St. Suite 8100, Vergennes, VT 05491
We believe that the key to success for your child and for our program is good communication. Please feel free to contact us if you have concerns or questions:
School Nutrition Manager: Lisa Sprague - 877- 3463 or [email protected]
School Nutrition Assistant : Julie Rheaume - 453-TOO2 or [email protected]
School Nutrition Assistant: Lisa Gebo - 453-7002 or [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.