Child Nutrition Program

  • The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2010 include The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act which ensures that students will receive a consistent message about healthy choices.  It continues to underscore our national health responsibility to provide healthy school meals. Because obesity rates have increased significantly in adolescents, meals must be consistent with the Recommended Dietary Allowances, the calorie goals and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  The St. Mary Parish Child Nutrition Program provides a minimum of 1/4 of the child's daily nutritional needs for breakfast and 1/3 for lunch.


    All schools have implemented OVS by offering a complete school lunch (five food items) and allowing students to decline one or two items that they do not intend to eat.  This means that students must take at least three of the five food items offered to receive a reimbursable meal.  The same process is required for breakfast however only four items are offered and 3 have to be chosen


    The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) provided schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) that predominately serve low-income children with a new option for meal certification. Under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), schools do not collect or process meal applications for free and reduced-price meals served under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).

    Instead, schools serve all meals at no cost and are reimbursed using a formula based on a percentage of students identified as eligible for free meals using a formula based on the percentage of students identified as eligible for free meals using direct certification and other lists of eligible students (migrant, homeless and foster). Currently, St. Mary Parish has 15 schools participating in CEP.


    Multi-family applications will be distributed to the students at the beginning of the new school year at non- CEP schools, but only one application should be completed for ALL children in the household. Please complete the meal application following instructions that are included in the application packet. Applications are to be returned promptly to one of the schools attended by the children in the household, or they may be hand-delivered or mailed to the St. Mary Parish School Board, Child Nutrition Office, P.O. Box 170, Centerville, LA 70522.  On-line applications are also available at Students are allowed to receive meals at the same status as they did in 2017-2018 for the first thirty (30) days of this school year (2018-2019), but if a new application is not received and processed by September 19, 2018, the students will no longer receive free/reduced meals; the student will then become Full Pay until an application is processed and approved for free/reduced meals.  When the new application is received and approved, parent(s) will be notified of the new status and the parent will be responsible to pay any debt that has been incurred.


    Many households completing the application for free/reduced meals may not have health insurance for their children. Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP) is available for these children. A fact sheet on LaCHIP will be given to all students so that households may have the opportunity to find out more information about this program.


    Meals may be paid for daily, weekly, monthly, or annually.  Those students not eligible for free meals must pay for their meals at the prices established for full price and reduced price students.  Those students not eligible for free meals who have not paid for a scheduled meal may have that meal withheld. 


    In elementary schools, prior to withholding a meal, the school shall:

    1. Provide actual notification to the child's parent or legal guardian as to the date and time after which meals may be denied, the reason for such denial, any action that may be taken by the parent or legal guardian to prevent further denial of meals, and the consequences of the failure to take appropriate actions to prevent such denial, including that the school governing authority shall contact the office of community services within the Department of Social Services upon the thirdinstance of such denial during a single school year.
    2. Verify with appropriate school staff that the child does not have an Individual Education Planthat requires the child to receive meals provided by the school to ensure that neither the child's health nor learning ability will be negatively affected by denying the child meals during school hours.

    If the school denies a scheduled meal to a child, the school shall provide a sandwich or a substantial and nutritious snack item to the child as a substitute for the meal denied.


    Upon the third (3rd) instance during a single school year of the same elementary school child being denied a meal during school hours, the School Board shall contact the office of community services within the Department of Social Services to report the failure of the parent or guardian to pay for meals which has resulted in repeated denials of meals during school hours.


    The School Board shall document each instance that a child is denied a meal in an elementary school.


    Charitable funds donated by school employees or other charitable funds may be used to pay for a child's meal in the event that he/she is subject to the denial of a meal during school hours.


    No discrimination against any individual shall occur because of his/her inability to pay, nor shall the School Board or any nutrition service provider publish or permit to be published the names of any individual unable to pay for the food.


    Any public school employee who discloses the name of any individual unable to pay for such food, either orally or in written form, except as reasonably necessary in the conduct of his/her official duties, shall be subject to the penalties provided in state law.  No employee shall disclose such information to any student for any reason.


    The School Board does not extend credit to students or parents/guardians for the purchase of meals.  However, the School Board does not want to deprive an elementary student of an important meal.  Therefore, when an outstanding debt reaches between $.50 and $6.50, the cafeteria manager shall either call or send a letter to the parents/guardians of the student to notify them that an outstanding balance is now due.  The same letters shall be used parish-wide to keep the notification procedure consistent.

     A second reminder shall be sent to the parents/guardian when the student's debt reaches $7.00 and the principal shall also be notified.  This letter shall have an attachment that the parent is required to sign and return the following day.

     When the debt reaches $14.00, the principal shall schedule a conference with the parents.  If a $21.00 debt is incurred, it shall be referred to the Child Welfare Department where possible court action may be taken against the parents/guardian.

     Cash, Checks, Money orders and Debit/Credit Cards @ ( will be accepted for payment of meals.  If a check is returned, it will be the parent’s responsibility to pay for the amount of the NSF check, in addition to the NSF fee for collecting the check.  All NSF checks will be turned over to Envision Payment Solutions for collection.  At the end of the school year, if there is any money left in a student’s account, it will be returned to the parent at their request or it may be left in the student’s account and will roll over to the next school year, no matter which school in our system the student attends.


    Foods or plate lunches from fast food restaurants or other establishments are not permitted in the cafeteria.  Soft drinks are not permitted in the cafeteria. 100% fruit juices and water are allowed.  Any other allowable drink must be brought into the cafeteria in a thermos type bottle so that contents are not recognizable.

    All students will be issued a cafeteria number at the beginning of school. The children can identify themselves by verbally stating their number or by showing their I.D. card at the point of service. Students in Jr High and High School will present their ID card to be scanned at the point of service.  




    $ .80    (PK-12) – Full Price

    $ .30    (PK-12) – Reduced Price

    $1.50   (School Board Employees) This price is subject to change.

    $2.05   (Visitors/Second Meal) This price is subject to change.



    $1.70   (PK-5) – Full Price

    $ . 40   (PK-12) – Reduced Price

    $1.95   (6-12) – Full Price

    $3.00   (School Board Employees) This price is subject to change.

    $4.00   (Visitors/Second Meal) This price is subject to change.


    NOTE:  Menus, Free/Reduced Lunch Applications, and On-Line Payment Information are available on the St. Mary Parish School Board’s website ( under the Parents/Students | Menus. Please be aware that menus are subject to change.  

    Parents can also access On-Line Pay information at this same place on the website or at



    Mrs. Claire Guarisco, Supervisor

    Child Nutrition Program

    St. Mary Parish School Board

    P.O. Box 170                                                  

    Centerville, LA  70522                                                                       

    (337) 836-6036 or


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