December Nutrition News:
Celebrating LEAN PROTEINS IN DECEMBER!
Why are lean proteins important?
They help us build and repair strong bones and muscles.
They are a great energy source!
Lean proteins typically have fewer calories per serving due to lower fat content.
Some examples of healthy lean proteins:
White meat chicken/turkey, lean beef, shrimp and some fish, beans, eggs, yogurt!
Check out our menus: We feature many varied lean proteins in SCHOOL MEALS!
New AHS COFFEE BAR Coming Soon!
Students test espresso drinks for the new AHS Coffee Bar - COMING SOON!
Through a USDA Covid waiver that allows no-cost meals for the 2021-2022 school year for all students, we are excited to be able to feed all students one school breakfast and one school lunch per day free of charge this school year! A school lunch includes a protein, whole grain, fruit, vegetable and milk. Menus are posted on our website or the Aledo ISD app. Snacks, seconds, a la carte items or other additional purchases will cost extra. Parents may pay into a MySchool Bucks account or bring a check or cash to the cafeteria for their student’s lunch account.
If your family has qualified for the Free and Reduced Price meal program in the past or you think your family would qualify now: Although no applications are needed to receive free meals this year, we ask that all families that have previously or may now qualify to fill out a Free/Reduced Meal Program Application so that your child’s additional benefits will not be interrupted for the grace period at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. Free and reduced status will also help your student qualify for other benefits and programs. To fill out an application online or see if you qualify, please go to http://www.schoollunchapp.com/.
Please encourage your students to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for a healthy school breakfast and school lunch per student per day!
Join the AISD Child Nutrition team! Fun work environment with great hours. Please benefits and competitive pay.
Apply Online for Child Nutrition Specialist.
Graduating SENIORS/Withdrawing Students Call AISD Child Nutrition Office at 817-441-5142 to request a refund on account balance or to transfer funds to a sibling.
Children need well-balanced, nutritious meals to maintain health & be successful in school. Aledo ISD Cafeterias serve a healthy breakfast & lunch every school day. Meals & snacks are analyzed for nutrition content, age appropriate calories and contain no more than 30% average fat. School meals also provide a variety of fresh fruits & vegetables, limited fats/sodium & contain many sources of whole grains and calcium. Our staff is proud to serve & educate your students about healthy food choices. Please contact us if you need assistance.
School Meals and Prices School Meals include a choice of 3-5 food items for the same price: protein, whole grain, fruit, vegetable and milk. Students choosing a school meal will be required to choose a fruit or vegetable as one of their tray items at Breakfast and Lunch per USDA regulations. Healthy snacks and ala cart items that comply with USDA smart snacks are also available for purchase at an additional cost. Students must have cash or funds in their cafeteria account to be able to pruchase snacks or extras. Low and negative balances are communicated to students when possible, but students/parents are responsible for monitoring cafeteria account balances (see Payment Options to setup automatic low balance email notifications).
Payment Options We encourage all parents/students to prepay money into their account to help lunch lines move faster and to avoid lost/forgotten lunch money. When sending cash or check, please include the student name and ID number. In an effort to serve you better, AISD has included a parent online credit card payment system through MySchoolBucks, online or Aledo ISD mobile app. Credit card payments can be made to your student's cafeteria account online for a small convenience fee. The system will also allow parents to view student cafeteria account balances and purchases at no charge as well as set up free, automatic, low balance email notifications and auto pay. Remember to allow at least 3 days for your online payment to post to your student's account (and up to 10 days if e-check is used).
Special Dietary Needs If your child has a food allergy or special dietary needs, please contact the School Nurse for a copy of Guidelines for Students with Special Dietary Needs. Special dietary needs that comply with these guidelines will be communicated to the cafeteria by the School Nurse and noted in our system to alert staff so that we may help monitor your student's needs. Withdrawn/re-enrolled students need to see the nurse to have special dietary needs reinstated in the cafeteria system. Aledo ISD has elected not to sell peanuts or peanut-based products in our school cafeterias. However, it is possible that some products sold in school cafeterias may be manufactured in facilities that produce peanut products. Students are free to bring peanut products from home for their own consumption.
Parent Preference - Account Restrictions PK-6 Only: Please notify the Child Nutrition Office in writing (with phone number) if you would like to limit your child's purchases so wee can program limits into their account via a pop-up message (limit 20 characters). Pop-up messages (except medical notes) are purged yearly. The Child Nutrition Staff will do their best to monitor your student's choices. PK-12: Parents can disable their child's cafeteria account (no purchases allowed). Call AISD Child Nutrition Department for assistance.
Nutrition Policies US Department of Agriculture and TX Department of Agriculture administers policies to promote a healthy school environment. Please refer to www.squaremeals.org or call the AISD Child Nutrition Department for further information. Policy highlights include: 1. On an annual basis, campus Principals will designate specific dates for up to four campus-wide parties. 2. During meal times, Parents/Guardians/Staff may provide any food/beverages for their own child but may not provide restricted foods or beverages to other students. 3. Students cannot have food delivered from off-campus vendors. 4. Food fundraisers and snacks for testing days are subject to policy compliance at all levels and must be approved by campus Principal. 5. Food may only be provided if it is connected to an instructional supported lesson or other activity with the approval of the campus Principal.
Vending Machines (All Grade Levels) The District has adopted and implemented the state and federal polices and guidelines for food service, including the guidelines to restrict student access to vending machines. For more information regarding these polices and guidelines, see the Director of Child Nutrition. See policies at CO and FFA.