Our School Cafeteria operates under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Menus are published and posted in the school and in The Falcon.
PURCHASING LUNCH TICKETS AND SNACKS
Our school uses a “point of sale” system in the cafeteria. This eliminates the need to carry cash each day and helps to alleviate lines at the cashier. This computerized debit system tracks students’ meal and snack purchases and payments. Each student is assigned a 4-digit PIN number to access his/her account. To put money in your child’s account, please send cash or a check (made payable to Valley Forge Cafeteria) in an envelope with your child’s name and room number on it. If a check is returned, any service charge from the bank will be passed on to the parent.
Parents may put restrictions on their child’s account. The system can block ala Carte purchases, can limit dollar expenditures on ala Carte purchases, or can permit ala Carte purchases on certain days of the week. They system has no way to limit a la Carte purchases based on the number of times a week. Parents may request a printout of their child’s account at any time. Low balance and charge notices are sent out at a minimum of every two weeks.
When a student does not have money in their account for lunch he/she may charge lunch or milk only. If your child charges, please try to repay this debt the next day. Encourage your child to keep up to date with the balance in his/her account. Charging is a privilege and should be used only on an occasional basis.
Information regarding free and reduced price lunch applications is available either in the school guidance office or the Food Service Office at 610-240-1955. Students approved for these meals use the same type of POS account as the other students to prevent any overt identification.
Both the lunch and breakfast programs operate under the “Offer vs Serve” option under which students may choose at least three of the five lunch components and three of the four breakfast components. Students are encouraged to take all components.
Breakfast is available daily from the time the buses arrive until students must report to their core class. The breakfast includes a 1/2 cup of fruit or juice, a total of 2 ounces of bread, cereal or meat/cheese, and a 1/2 pint of milk. Ala carte breakfast items are also available.
Offering breakfast is intended to provide the opportunity for a student to eat this important meal in case it was missed at home.
The cost of a student lunch is $2.35. The lunch includes 2 ounces of meat or meat alternate, 3/4 cup of at least two different fruits and/or vegetables, 1-2 ounces of bread or pasta and a 1/2 pint of milk. In addition to the published menu, students may substitute a choice of a cold sandwich, hot alternate entrée or salad platter for the main dish.
BEVERAGES and OTHER FOODS
The cafeteria offers skim, low fat, and whole white milk and low fat chocolate milk with lunch and breakfast as well as ala carte ($.50). Other snacks and ala carte items are offered, after the students have had time to eat their lunch. Some of the popular items are: Soft Pretzel-$.50; Ice Cream and Fruit Juice Push-ups-$.50-.75; Cookie-$.50; Bagged Snacks-$.50-.65; String Cheese- $75; 4oz Yogurt- $.75.
Any questions concerning the cafeteria may be directed to the cafeteria manager or the Supervisor of T/E Food Services (610-240-1955). If writing regarding concerns, please include your name and address so the response can be sent. The Cafeteria Staff looks forward to serving you and your children this school year!