A Word about Ala Carte
Ala Carte foods are extras that are either not a part of the daily "complete meal" offering or may be individual portions of the meal offered that day.
If you plan on purchasing Ala Carte items, you must have money in your account or pay cash at the time of purchase. For example, the Deluxe Chicken items sold at the High School are not a part of the daily "complete meal" and must be purchased using money in your account or cash.
The Elementary and Middle School grades do not have an Ala Carte menu (like the high school), however, children may purchase additional regular menu items such as additional milk, fruit or vegetables or an additional main dish.
Free or Reduced price meal benefits only applies to the Type A lunch (the main meal of the day) and may NOT be used on ALA CARTE items.
If your child receives Free or Reduced lunches, but they bring a lunch from home, they may purchase a milk for .40 cents.
High School Ala Carte items are not necessarily available every day. Typical prices for items range from $0.10 to $2.50. No charging is allowed for a la carte sales.
Offer vs. Serve Information
Offer versus Serve (OVS) is a type of school meal program designed to decrease food waste and give students greater flexibility in choosing what they eat for school breakfast or lunch.
· Students must take at least 3 of the 4 food components offered at breakfast and 3 of 5 components offered at Lunch in the required serving sizes for the appropriate age/grade group to meet the meal requirements as defined under the Federal program regulations.
· The school meals are priced as a unit regardless if a student takes 3, 4 or 5 food items.
· Combination foods, like entrees, may count for more than 1 component.
· Union County Food Service Staff encourages students to select all foods offered and try new items.
· A child approved for free or reduced priced meals must take the minimum lunch requirement to receive their meal at the discounted benefit rate.
· Parents and other adults teach children to make healthful choices by the example they set.