The USDA lunch waiver for the 2021/22 school year has expired. This means that for School Year 2022-2023, students resume paying for school lunch. To qualify for free or reduced price meals, parents need to complete an application (see below). If you have any food service related questions, please contact Danielle Kaidan, Director of Food Services.
Free or Reduced Lunch Benefits
As a member of the National School Lunch Program, Saint Joseph High School offers free and reduced lunches to qualifying students. Families must apply each year for program eligibility. The application to apply for benefits opens annually on July 1, and can be found here. Apply by August 5th to ensure that your student, if eligible, will receive free or reduced-priced meals when school starts. Families must reapply every year to be eligible. Paper copies of the application are available in the Office of Student Life and the Main Office.
Lunch Payment Policy
Saint Joseph High School believes that having a nutritious lunch is critical to school success. Therefore, we will allow a student to charge up to two meals after their lunch account balance is zero. This policy applies to students who pay reduced or full price lunch (not to students receiving free lunch benefits). If, after two charged meals, the student’s cafe balance is still zero, the student will be provided a peanut butter/jelly sandwich and milk for lunch. They will not receive the hot lunch option or be allowed to select a la carte items until the balance is above zero. The Director of Food Services will contact the student’s family or legal guardian to discuss bringing the balance above zero.
Students must have money in their lunch account to purchase a la carte items. No charging is allowed for these items.
diocesan Schools Wellness Policy
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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or