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Written by Denise Agati   
  1. Why is Child Obesity a Problem Today?
    Researchers found that child obesity is largely caused by lack of physical activity. From 1980 to 2000 obesity increased 10%, and continues to rise. Caloric intake increased 1%, while physical activity decreased 13%. Changes in transportation methods and the popularity of television, video games and the internet all contribute to a sedentary lifestyle for children. Researchers state that policies focused heavily on restricting certain foods have failed and that unless children become more active, we won’t make any significant progress in terms of weight management.
  2. What are the Complications of Childhood Obesity?
    Childhood obesity is a multi-system disease with potentially devastating consequences. As with adults, obesity in children can contribute to Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, chronic inflammation, increased blood clotting tendencies among other medical ailments. Overweight children tend to become overweight adults, continuing to put them at greater risks for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
  3. What’s the School Food Service Program doing to help?
    We’re offering more healthy choices to children for breakfast and lunch. We ask parents to review the menu with their children to help them make healthy choices.
  4. Are all School Meals Healthy? If not, why not?
    Most School Meals offer a high nutritional value. Some meals are higher in calories, saturated fats and total fats than others. Students have a choice. We must serve foods that children will eat. If you serve a child a meal and he/she doesn’t like the choice, the meal usually ends up in the garbage, and you’ve done more harm than good for that child. Research suggests that a hungry child will have problems with learning and social behaviors in school.
  5. How is the Food Service Program funded?
    The Food Service program is self funded and must rely upon the sale of meals and other products. The School Food Service Program is not included in the District Budget. A separate budget is prepared annually and managed daily, weekly and monthly. All monies collected go into the School Lunch Fund to pay for expenses such as food, labor, (including health/medical insurance, retirement, etc…) equipment costs and other expenses. Last year, for every dollar we received in revenues we paid 42.12 cents to purchase food products, 47.25 cents to pay for labor & benefits, 7.76 cents to purchase new equipment and repairs, and 2.57 cents to pay for other operating expenses. We ended the year with a surplus (carry over to next year) of 3/10 of a penny for every dollar of revenue (which equaled $721 for the year).
  6. Don’t you receive money from New York State for serving School Meals to children?
    Only if a child receives a meal. Our School Food Service Program operates similar to a private business. We only receive revenues when we sell a meal or product. All revenues received from the State are deposited into our School Lunch Fund Account and are included with other revenues to pay expenses mentioned in (5) above.
  7. Who determines what meals will be offered?
    Our Management Team. Decisions are based upon nutritional values, customer’s acceptance and food &labor cost. We have Federal and State Rules and Regulations to follow when developing a menu and operating a School Meals Program. It is our goal to serve nutritious meals that our customers will eat and enjoy.
  8. Where does the food come?
    The majority of foods are purchased from local, regional and national food distribution companies A portion comes from the USDA Commodities Program. We have stringent guidelines on purchasing and using government and non government food products.
  9. How does a Parent/Guardian set up an account for their child to participate in the Breakfast and Lunch Programs?
    Contact your School’s Cafeteria Supervisor/Manager and they’ll set up an account for your child. We require Parents/Guardians to initially deposit $10.00 into their child’s account. We operate a debit system, whereas Parents/Guardians deposit money into the child’s account, and money is subtracted as the child purchases a meal or other product. >We have a Computer System in all Schools, networked to our District Office that tracks student meal accounts. Each student has an Account Number. All information is confidential, including students eligibility for Free & Reduced Price Meals.
  10. How can we receive a current balance of our child’s account?
    Call your school and ask to be connected to the Cafeteria Supervisor/Manager, or visit our Food Service Staff webpage, and email your request and questions to your School Cafeteria Supervisor/Manager. Account History Reports are also available upon request.
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Last Updated ( Friday, 19 October 2012 )
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