To Teachers, Families, & Community members of Scott County –
We have been contacted by several in the community who are concerned with the availability of nutrition for our students during this extended break. There have been some popular posts/pictures circulating on social media of other school systems serving meals through bus routes. The question has been posed as to why we can’t do this. In short, the answer is we are working on it, but in the meantime, we have a solid program set-up.
Here are a few things to know -
- Scott County Schools is a part of the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) through the USDA. This means that all of our students in Scott County School eat breakfast and lunch for free. Our School Nutrition program is 100% funded through this program. This means that all meal service must meet both state and federal guidelines. Many of these other school systems are using different funding sources and are not meeting these guidelines.
- Many of these other school systems already have these “delivery” systems and supplies in place because of summer programs, etc. This would be starting from scratch for us. Remember that things are not always what they may seem in a picture or a post. There is a lot of planning and details that go into a delivery program like this.
- USDA requires that each household pre-approve meal service prior to delivery. This requirement alone is difficult to manage in our current situation.
- Meals would have to be served daily. No multi-day service would be permitted.
- All food safety and sanitation regulations would still have to be followed inside the delivery vehicles. Not only food, but milk, would have to be served which means each bus would have to hold coolers and other temperature regulating equipment as well. These are not things we have on hand at this time.
Today at our 5 elementary Schools, our Food Services Personnel served over +4,000 meals! We are thankful that so many were able to have this opportunity, and we are grateful for all of the hard work and effort that has gone into keeping our students fed. While we realize there may be progress to make, we certainly don’t want what we might be able to do in the future to become a barrier to what we know we are able to do immediately.
Thank you for your cooperation and support as we all move through this confusing and unfamiliar situation.
Bill Hall, Director of Schools
Paulette King, School Nutrition Director