Food & Nutrition
We look forward to a great year of feeding nutritious and delicious meals to your children to support them in performing their best in school!
--The price of lunches is $2.75 (or $0.40 or free for those who qualify) at the elementary schools and Full Day Kindergarten and $3.00 (or $0.40 or free for those who qualify) at the middle and high schools.
--Students will be asked to take at least one fruit or vegetable with each lunch meal they take.
--We offer breakfasts each morning for students and staff. Breakfasts are $1.25 (or $.30 or free for those who qualify). Breakfast kick starts your child’s brain and gets students ready to learn. This year each student who buys breakfast will need to choose at least one of the fruits or juices that are offered every day as part of the meal. Daily selections include 100% fruit juice, fruit & milk, along with various entrees including scrambled eggs, soft bagels, and tasty cereals.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Food Services, please contact:
Megan Ahrenholz RD
School Nutrition & Food Services Director
Braintree School Food and Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is included in my child’s breakfast or lunch?
A: Braintree School Food Services is a part of the National School Lunch Program, which regulates school meals to ensure that all children receive the healthy foods they need. As such, students are required to take certain items in order to make a complete meal. Each day at breakfast students are offered grains, fruit, milk and a protein food. Additionally, every day at lunch, students are offered grains, fruits, vegetables, protein foods and milk. Students must choose at least three of these items for a complete breakfast or lunch.
Note: Those students who do not select at least three of the required components will be charged for each item selected rather than for the price of a meal. Individual items are not a part of free and reduced meal prices, so these students would be responsible for payment of these items as well.
Q: What are the meal prices for the 2017-2018 school year?
A: The cost of breakfast is $1.25 at all school levels. At the elementary schools, lunch costs $2.75. High School and Middle School lunches are $3.00, with the exception of salad bar, which is $3.25.
Q: My family qualifies for free or reduced lunch, will other children be able to tell?
A: No. All of this information is contained within the schools’ point of sale systems. Transactions are completed using student ID numbers, so other students will not be able to identify those receiving free or reduced lunch.
Q: My child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, does this mean that all items are free or reduced?
A: No. Those students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch at the free and reduced price daily. Any other purchases including second lunches or the purchase of a la carte items will be charged to your child’s account.
Q: How can I add money to my child’s account?
A: Payments made by check or cash can be sent to your child’s school lunchroom at any time or you can use the self addressed colored envelope included in the August mailing. If submitting a check for prepayment, please write your child’s full name in the memo line so that the money can be deposited into the correct account. Checks can be made out to Braintree School Food Services. Lost cash cannot be tracked back to your child, so if you would like to submit prepayment in cash, please consider sending it in a labeled envelope. Additionally, students may bring in money and make purchases on a day to day basis.
Q: Can payments be made online?
A: Yes! Online payments are encouraged and can be made by creating an account at www.myschoolbucks.com. In order to create the account you will need your child’s student ID number. Student ID numbers can be found on the address label used for the School Food Service summer mailing, or on the class schedules of middle and high school students. By having money in each child’s account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster so your child has more time to eat and be with friends. This service also provides parents the ability to view your child’s account balance, transaction history and receive low balance e-mail notifications through the www.myschoolbucks.com website.
Q: How much money should I deposit so that my child has enough money for a month’s worth of lunches?
A: The below prices is for a full 4 weeks of meals
Elementary ($1.25 for breakfast, $2.75 for lunch):
- 20 Breakfasts: $25.00
- 20 Lunches: $55.00
- Total for 20 days breakfast and lunch: $80.00
Middle and High School ($1.25 for breakfast, $3.00 for lunch):
- 20 Breakfasts: $25.00
- 20 Lunches @ $3.00: $60.00
- Total for 20 days breakfast and lunch: $85.00
Q: Will negative balances be forgiven at the end of the school year?
A: No. Both positive and negative balances will carry over to the next school year. If your child graduates or transfers to another school district any negative balances must be paid. If you wish to have a positive balance refunded you must send a letter with your name, your child’s name, reason for requesting a refund and an address where the refund can be sent to the Food & Nutrition Services office at the address listed above. Positive account balances can also be transferred to siblings upon request.
If you have any questions about these services or wish to learn your child’s ID number, please feel free to contact my office at 781-848-4000x7045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Ahrenholz, RD
Director, Food & Nutrition Services
The purpose of this policy is to establish age appropriate procedures allowing meal charges so students will not be denied access to a meal during the school day.
Food & Nutrition Services will be responsible for maintaining accurate charge records and notifying the parent/guardian as well as the school district of any outstanding balances.
Parents/guardians and students will receive forms for Free and Reduced Price School Meals and prepayment information from the Food & Nutrition Services prior to the start of the school year. Those forms will also available at each school’s main office, in each House Office at BHS, and online at www.braintreeschools.org
Students will be told by the cashier when their balance is getting low. Parents will be notified of a low or negative account balance either by e-mail or, at the elementary level by printed letters (“charge notes”) sent home with the student. These notes will be generated by the Food & Nutrition Services Department and will be given to a child’s homeroom teacher to be distributed.
High School Students
Students at BHS will not be allowed to charge any food service purchases resulting in a negative account balance, unless otherwise arranged through the food service director. If a student needs to charge, he or she must contact the Director of Food & Nutrition Services, and the parent/guardian of the student will be notified that day that the student has charged a meal. The student will be provided a meal of their choice that day, but will not be allowed to charge any ala carte purchases.
Middle and Elementary Students
Students at the middle and elementary levels are not allowed to charge any ala carte or snack items which would result in a negative lunch account balance. Charging for reimbursable meals is also strongly discouraged. However, students may charge up to five (5) meals if needed. If a student has money to pay for a lunch that day, even if a charge is owed, a meal of the child’s choice will be provided that day. Attempts may be made to contact parents/guardians via e-mail, phone calls or “charge notes” when a student has a large outstanding balance. Any payments that come in to the kitchen will be applied to outstanding lunch balance before a student will be allowed to purchase ala carte items. If a student brings in payment for a meal, and that student has a negative balance on their account, any change from that payment will be applied to the outstanding meal balance instead of being given back to the student.
If repeated attempts are made to contact a parent/guardian of a student who owes money, and those attempts do not result in payment of the meal debt, the Director or Manager may notify the Principal at the child’s school. The Principal or his/her designee will then also reach out to the Parent/Guardian to attempt to collect payment.
All attempts at collecting school meal debt may also include encouragement for the Parent/Guardian to complete a Free or Reduced Price School Meals application, and paperwork may be sent home for completion.
In early May, the Administrative Assistants in each House at the high school will be given a list of senior students who owe school meal debt. The debt must be paid prior to graduation. Any student who has positive balances upon graduation may be contacted so they may request a refund or request that the funds be transferred to a younger sibling.
How do I join the Braintree Public Schools Wellness Policy Committee?
The Braintree Public Schools Wellness Committee is a subcommittee of the Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth (BASHY).
BASHY meets four times per school year and the Wellness Policy Committee may have meetings in addition to the BASHY meetings.
The mission of BASHY is to provide a community wide effort to support both school and community programs and projects which promote comprehensive school health and human services including: health education, tobacco, alcohol and other drug prevention, a safe and healthy environment, nutrition and wellness.
At the meetings we discuss what is happening in Braintree Public Schools and the community in regards to these topics. We review program goals, objectives and activities, monitor program effectiveness and provide input for program development and improvement. Each year we plan a parent/guardian educational evening called, “Making a Difference.”
Students, Parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, administrators, and all interested community members are invited to join BASHY and/or the Wellness Policy Committee.
Members of the Wellness Policy Committee will collaborate to develop, implement, monitor and review the Wellness Policy.
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
- Looking for individuals with passion for food and health of the students we serve.
- It is preferred that substitutes are available to work school days Monday- Friday between the hours of 9:00am-1:30 pm, with occasional opportunities to work beginning as early as 7:30am
- Substitutes may be called to work at any of the schools served by Braintree School Food Service
- Individual must be able to fill in for pre-planned absences and for short-notice/day-of absences. Calls are made for pre-planned days in advance of the day needed, calls are made at approximately 7:30am for substitutes that are needed that day.
- Most shifts begin around 8:30 am, and end around 1:00pm or 1:30pm.
- Pay will be $12.00 per hour.
- Individuals interested in this position should apply online
Braintree Public Schools Job DescriptionTitle: School Nutrition Substitute worker
Terms of Employment: Shifts may range from 2 TO 6 hours per day Braintree Public Schools –As assigned by Food Service Director
- Willing and able to be trained in the following areas: basic nutrition, sanitation, and use of equipment
- Mathematical and clerical ability to record amount of food produced, inventory and to operate a computer for lunch charges
- Able to work in an efficient, courteous, and cooperative manner with the staff and student population
- Able to communicate positively and effectively in a team environment
- Able to follow written and verbal instructions
- Possess the ability to stand, reach, lift, carry, bend, kneel, climb, push, and pull items weighing up to 50 lbs. Able to stand or walk 100% of the workday
- Food safety and sanitation certificate preferred
Reports To: Kitchen Manager, Food Service Director
Job Goal: To serve the students and staff of Braintree Public Schools nutritious, safe, and attractive meals in a friendly and efficient manner.
- Serve meals to students and staff:
- Ensure safe and proper portioning of food
- Make sure that all intended reimbursable meals include the required food items on the tray
- Use proper food handling techniques (hand washing methods, gloves, and hair restraints) as needed
- Refill serving line as needed between lunches
- Assist in end of day clean up, including but not limited to: washing/sanitizing pots, pans, dishes, silverware, tables, and all other equipment as necessary
- Interact in a professional and courteous way with the students and staff. Report any problems to the Kitchen Manager.
- The Food Service Worker is responsible for all assigned aspects of meal production, service, sanitation, and safety.
- Perform any and all other tasks as assigned by Kitchen Manager or Food Service Director
You may also be asked to fill in for other staff in the kitchen whose duties may involve:
- Preparing food for meal service following the menu, using standardized recipes
- Operating equipment in a safe manner (equipment includes, but is not limited to: convection ovens, steamers, steam-jacketed kettles, steam tables, tilting skillets, microwave ovens, ranges, and slicers)
- Following food safety and sanitation guidelines:
- Ensure that all food, dry goods, and chemicals are handled and stored appropriately
- Date, rotate, and discard all appropriate food items
- Monitor the temperature of food as it passes through storage, production, and service
- Ensure that the kitchen and cafeteria are sanitized and organized
- Make sure that all equipment, dishware, and utensils are sanitized