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Frequently Asked Questions

At Grand County Child Nutrition Department, I love to hear from our families and students so we can continue to serve and support you in the best ways possible.  If you ever have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact me: 


Director of Child Nutrition Programs

Alysha Packard, SNS

Grand County High School

608 South 400 East 

Moab, Utah 85432

(435) 259-2757


I look forward to the 2021-2022 school year and serving GREAT meals to EACH STUDENT, EVERY DAY! 


Thank you for the opportunity to serve you,


Alysha Packard, SNS

Director CNP

Do I need to fill out a Free & Reduced Application?
YES! All families should complete a Free & Reduced Application for the 2021-22 school year, regardless of income.
What is included in "Free Meals?"
Students can receive 1 complete breakfast and 1 complete lunch for free each day.  A la carte sales including milk-only purchases and Snack Bar items are NOT included, so students will need to pay cash or have money available on their account (charging is not permitted). 
I received a letter stating my students were denied for free meals based on income.  What happens now? 
Your students will still receive free meals, regardless of income, at this time.  Our regular lunch and breakfast program is based on income guidelines, but the USDA has allowed us to offer free meals regardless of those income guidelines until December. 
I didn't fill out a Free & Reduced Application, do my students still get free meals?
Yes! HOWEVER, a significant amount of funding for our school and community comes from Free & Reduced Applications, so PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR FREE & REDUCED APPLICATION for the 2021-22 school year.
We are happy to make adjustments to our meals and menus for your child with unique dietary needs. 

If your child has a special dietary request for medical reasons, please click the link below.


Si su hijo tiene una solicitud dietética especial por razones médicas, haga clic en el siguiente enlace.Hawthorne School District - School Nutrition And Fitness
We are happy to work with your family to make appropriate adjustments to our meals and menus, however we CANNOT make any changes until we have a COMPLETED Medical Statement for your student.   

1. What is the School Breakfast Program?
The School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It began as a pilot project in 1966, and was made permanent in 1975. The School Breakfast Program is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service. At the state level, the program is usually administered by state education agencies, which operate the program through agreements with local school food authorities in more than 78,000 schools and institutions.


2. How does the School Breakfast Program work?
The School Breakfast Program operates in the same manner as the National School Lunch Program. Generally, public or nonprofit private schools of high school grade or under and public or nonprofit private residential child care institutions may participate in the School Breakfast Program. School districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the breakfast program receive cash subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve breakfasts that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price breakfasts to eligible children.


3. What are the nutritional requirements for school breakfasts?
School breakfasts must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and are designed to ensure that students enter the classroom well-nourished and ready to learn. The meal pattern for breakfast includes fruits (or vegetables), whole grain-rich foods and/or meats/meat alternates, and milk. Breakfasts are also limited in sodium, calories, saturated fats, and trans fats. The decisions about what specific food to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities. Additional information on the nutritional requirements for the School Breakfast Program is available here.


4. How do children qualify for free and reduced price breakfasts?
Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the School Breakfast Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals. Children from families over 185 percent of poverty pay full price, though their meals are still subsidized to some extent.


5. How much reimbursement do schools get?
Most of the support USDA provides to schools in the School Breakfast Program comes in the form of a cash reimbursement for each breakfast served. The current basic cash reimbursement rates are available here.

Schools may qualify for higher "severe need" reimbursements if a specified percentage of their lunches are served free or at a reduced price. Severe need payments are up to 23 cents higher than the normal reimbursements for free and reduced-price breakfasts. Higher reimbursement rates are in effect for Alaska,Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Schools may charge no more than 30 cents for a reduced-price breakfast. Schools set their own prices for breakfasts served to students who pay the full meal price (paid), though they must operate their meal services as non-profit programs.


6. What other support do schools get from USDA?
through Team Nutrition, USDA provides schools with technical training and assistance to help school food service staffs prepare healthy meals, and with nutrition education to help children understand the link between diet and health.


7. How many children have been served over the years?
In Fiscal Year 2001, an average of 7.8 million children participated every day. That number grew to 8.2 million in Fiscal Year 2002. Of those, 6.7 million received their meals free or at a reduced-price.     Participation has slowly but steadily grown over the years: 1970: 0.5 million children; 1975: 1.8 million children; 1980: 3.6 million children; 1985: 3.4 million children; 1990: 4.1 million children; 1995: 6.3 million children.


8. How much does the program cost?
For Fiscal Year 2003, Congress appropriated $1.68 billion for the School Breakfast Program, up from $1.54 billion in Fiscal Year 2002.     The cost in previous years: 1970: cost of $ 10.8 million: 1975: cost of $ 86.1 million; 1980: cost of $287.8 million; 1985: cost of $379.3 million; 1990: cost of $ 596.2 million; 1995: cost of $1.05 billion.


For more information:

For information on the operation of the School Breakfast Program and all the Child Nutrition Programs, contact the state agency in your state that is responsible for the administration of the programs. You may also contact us by mail at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 914, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.

All of our schools use a method of serving call "Offer vs. Serve." This model allows us to offer more choices to students while reducing food waste and allowing students to customize their meals.  Our staff is trained to ensure each student receives a reimbursable meal consisting of at least 3 meal components so that they have the proper nutrition to learn throughout the day.  
Wissahickon School District - Food Services
We strongly encourage you to complete the Free and Reduced Application before school starts each school year.  If your child charges meals before you complete the application, you are responsible for those charges regardless of your Free and Reduced status after you apply.