Valdosta City Schools will be implementing a new program available to the State of Georgia called the Community Eligibility Option (CEO) for the 2013-2014 school year. All enrolled students of Valdosta City Schools are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at NO COST to your household each day of the 2015 – 2016 school year. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee. If you were paying for full-priced or reduced-priced meals in the past, you will not be paying those charges this year for your child to receive a breakfast or lunch.
USDA regulations prohibit the sale of non-nutritional foods and carbonated beverages during meal times in the cafeteria at all school levels. With this in mind and in order to encourage better nutrition and develop healthy eating habits, students or their parents are not allowed to bring foods to school from outside restaurants until the last lunch period is over. Of course, lunches sent with students when they come to school in the morning in lunch boxes, pails or plain bags are allowed.
Each cafeteria has a computer program for tracking meals and payments. ALL Valdosta City School students are assigned a computer generated identification (ID) number that serves as their meal account number. ALL students must learn their account number to use at the cashier station.
Prepayment for extra school meals enables the meal line to move quickly. At all school levels, prepayment may be made weekly or monthly in envelopes delivered to the cafeteria manager. The student's name and account number must be listed on the envelope in order to credit the proper account. Parents should call the school nutrition manager's office at the individual school if they have questions about the child's account during the year. Click here to access MySchoolBucks.com to view your student's account balance and add money to their lunch account.
If choosing to send extra lunch money directly to the school, families with more than one student at the same school should send the cash or check SEPARATELY for each student. Checks are to be made to Valdosta City Nutrition Program with the student's name and new account number on the check. Other purchases from the school office or classroom must NOT be included with meal payments.
A $3 fee will be assessed on every returned check. Upon receipt of a returned check, payment will be accepted only in the form of cash or money order for the remainder of the school year unless the bank documents that the returned check was due to a bank error. A letter is sent out to the parent with the returned check stating the amount due including the returned check charge. The amount must be paid within 14 days of the date of the letter or the matter will be turned over to CHECKCARE SYSTEMS®, a collection agency.
Student Breakfasts and Lunches are free – Extra Meal $2.75 – Extra Milk $0.50
Adult Breakfast $1.50 – Adult Lunch $2.75
Non-discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. “In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (800) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-61365 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”