For questions, contact:
Meredith Ash, Head Cook
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
National School Lunch Program Meal Pattern Food Components
JFK and its employees, including those involved in the federal free and reduced lunch program, will make reasonable efforts to ensure that students with food allergies are protected from contact with the food to which they are allergic and that cross contamination does not take place within the facilities. Responsibility cannot be assumed, however, for cross contamination at processing plants and other locations prior to the food arriving at JFK when this information was not disclosed. The school discourages students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies, other restrictions on some children’s diets, and the assumed preferences of parents. JFK cannot be responsible for contact with food that is being traded.
Policy Adopted: September 5, 2006
Policy Reviewed: June 2, 2009; May 1, 2012; May 5, 2015
Policy Revised: June 14, 2018
All parents of K-8 grade students are required to serve a minimum of four (4) days per year assisting with lunchroom and playground supervision.
There are three options to choose from regarding this service:
- If you work full time and would like a substitute hired for you, you will need to let us know at registration.
- You work your 4 days. Scheduling of lunchroom service can be done at registration time, or it can be done throughout the year by contacting the school office.
- If you want to work one or two days and have a substitute for the remaining days, let us know at registration.
Every family will be required to deposit a fee of $60 at the time of registration. If you serve your 4 lunchroom duties as scheduled, you will be reimbursed for the $60 you deposited. If you have a conflict and are unable to serve when scheduled, you must contact the school office. Time requirements are on the lunch duty calendar on the school website.
Duties include washing tables and chairs, distributing milk and food, handing out napkins, assisting the children at the tables, supervising the playground, etc.
Guidelines for the cafeteria are available in the kitchen and on our website. The lunch room duty calendar is available on our website.
Policy Adopted: Prior to 1993
Policy Revised: May 2, 2006; June 2, 2009; May 7, 2013; April 5, 2016; August 2, 2016; June 4, 2019
Policy Reviewed: May 1, 2012
Lunch Program Family Account Balances
Students may purchase a hot lunch from our pre-pay lunch program. Rates for the hot lunch meal, “milk only,” and “extras” of the main entrée will be posted regularly. Checks should be made out to “JFK Lunch Program.” The amount of the check will be posted to a family account. As the students eat from the hot lunch program, the cost will be deducted from the family account balance. Account balances are communicated regularly. Balances can also be checked on-line.
School officials will check lunch balances each week. Students whose family balance is negative $35 or more will not be served “extras” until a positive balance is seen at a following weekly lunch balance check. Families are notified of the opportunity to apply for free and/or reduced lunches weekly.
Families that remain on the negative balance list for the second consecutive week will be notified via email providing options of how the family lunch balance can be managed:
- Pay the negative balance and deposit funds into the family lunch account.
- Parent may provide written request to the school to withhold hot lunch meals from the student.
- Complete an application for free/reduced lunch. A denied application will not reduce the debt, and another option will need to be chosen.
- Adult family members may work lunch duties (more than four may be possible) and have the lunch duty fee reimbursement applied to the lunch account. See policy 757.13
- Duties include washing tables and chairs, distributing milk and food, handing out napkins, assisting the children at the tables, etc.
Families may always apply for free and/or reduced lunches with forms available in the office and on our website. The applications are also distributed to ALL families at least at the beginning of the school year. New applications are needed each year.
“It is the policy of JFK not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7 and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by (name of CNP Provider), please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; web site: http://www.state.ia.us/government/crc/index.html.”
Policy Adopted: June 5, 2007
Policy Reviewed: April 12, 2010; May 7, 2013
Policy Revised: April 5, 2016; June 6, 2017; December 4, 2018; April 2, 2019
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: 202-690-7442; or
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa Nondiscrimination Statement
It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121 or 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.