MNSD LUNCH PROGRAM
The Marple Newtown School District Food Service Department is happy to announce that the USDA has extended nationwide waivers to continue the Seamless Summer Option through June 2022. This extension means that we are able to provide FREE breakfast and lunch to all students enrolled in our district.
Back to school is an exciting time, especially this year! As the beginning of the school year is quickly approaching, we want to extend a warm welcome back to school and the café. Chartwells K12 and Marple Newtown School District are eager to welcome you and your student(s) back to the school café with new flavors, events, food and wellness education that will surely inspire a healthy and fun 2021-2022 school year.
This year, we are pleased to inform you that MNSD will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). This is a program available to schools and districts as part of the waivers issued by USDA on April 20, 2021.
All students enrolled in MNSD are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch, where applicable, each school day at no charge to your household.
Although all students are eligible for free meals this school year, we still encourage families to apply to ensure future eligibility and benefits, such as the P-EBT Program (Apply online at https://www.schoolcafe.com/).
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and my office telephone number is 610-359-4269.
Below you will find important information regarding the Food Service Department.
- National School Lunch Program applications are done online. The link to the application is available on the district website. The application must be completed each year for renewal.
- Menus can be found on our Nutrislice webpage. Nutrislice provides menu descriptions, photos, and nutrition and allergy information. Download the Nutrislice App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) to view on your smartphone. The Nutrislice link is also located on the district website.
- All school cafeterias utilize a computerized debit system that allows students to purchase meals or snacks with a PIN number. All students have an account into which parents may put money via www.schoolcafe.com (small processing fee required) or by sending a check with their child to school. Make the check out to Marple Newtown School District, and put the child’s name in the memo section. Students still have the ability to purchase items with cash, as well.
- www.schoolcafe.com allows parents to view their child’s lunch account, check their balance and view what they are purchasing. Allergens can also be listed on your child’s account, if needed. Please contact your school nurse to add the information.
Chartwells K12 is a proud partner with Marple Newtown School District. Our Serving Up Happy and Healthy philosophy guides our team in delivering on each component of our promise from serving great food, developing food and nutrition education and focusing on the whole child through key partnerships that support students in and out of the café. Visit www.ChartwellsK12.com for more information.
Director of Dining Services
Monthly menus are posted on the website for Breakfast and Lunch. www.mnsd.nutrislice.com
Students can expect benefits from healthier and more nutritious food in school. Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, major improvements are being made across the country to transform school food and to promote better nutrition and reduce obesity.
2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of Key Recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.
MNSD Student Wellness Policy (School Board Policy Manual, 200 Pupils, #246 Student Wellness)
The Marple Newtown School District recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students’ physical well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.
- Please click here to learn more about Summer Feeding Programs.
- Nondiscrimination Statement
- USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
Important Information regarding New Meal Benefit Application:
This school year we are making it faster and easier for families to apply for free or reduced priced meals. Please see this link to apply.
This school year students may notice a change on their lunch trays. New federal nutrition standards have been implemented, which require schools to meet daily and weekly serving requirements of grains, fruits and vegetables, meat or meat alternatives and milk.