Food Service

Food Service Policies

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM - CHARGE POLICY

GCA provides a nutritious hot lunch program. We believe that a healthy breakfast and lunch are essential components to student overall wellness and optimum learning.

In order to provide a hot lunch program in a small school, we require all students to participate.  Therefore, all students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade are required to purchase hot lunch. A parent may choose to pack a lunch or additional lunch items at their own discretion but there will be no refund. The monthly lunch fee will be automatically added to each families finance account for payment.

All lunch accounts must maintain a positive balance. K-5 lunch rate: $3.00, 6-8 lunch rate: $3.25. The lunch includes an entrée, fruit, vegetable, and milk.  If a student wishes to buy an additional entree ala carte, they must bring cash for this purchase.

Families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and breakfast can submit a Free or Reduced Lunch Form on the website under the Parent tab. Price adjustments will be applied when the application has been approved. Parents can apply any time during the school year.  The Admissions Director can provide assistance in completing the form if needed and applications are available in many languages if the form is needed in a language other than english.

BREAKFAST PROGRAM - CHARGE POLICY

Breakfast is served from 8:00 A.M. to 8:20A.M. each morning in the cafeteria. The cost of breakfast is $2.00 unless a student qualifies for the free or reduced price meal program. If your child receives a free lunch, then the breakfast is also free or reduced.

Unpaid lunch and breakfast charges are a burden on our food service operation and timely payment of charges is an expected part of partnership for attendance at GCA.  Parent may call the Admissions Director for assistance and additional information at any time at the school office - 614-471-9270. The Admissions Director and the tuition system send periodic notices about unpaid overdue balances.  Accounts must be current in order to re-enroll for the new school year. WELLNESS AT GCA:

Gahanna Christian Academy has approved a new school wellness policy for 2019. You can read the policy here and submit your feedback online here.

FOOD SERVICE CIVIL RIGHTS STATEMENT AND COMPLAINT PROCEDURE:

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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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, you may follow the GCA procedure and/or complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, 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:

(1)  mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2)  fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3)  email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

GCA Smart Snacks Policy

We are focused on the health of our school environment. GCA requires that only snacks that meet the smart snacks requirement will be sold by any entity, including parent/student organizations, teachers, boosters, fundraisers, or the food and nutrition services department.  These standards for snack sales are in effect from any time before school through 1/2 hour after school, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA and our school Wellness Policy. Non-compliant foods may be sold from 1/2 hour after school through the evening.

Students in our school are offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Smart Snacks in School standards published by the USDA will build on those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are tasty and nutritious.

USDA Nutrition Standards for Foods

Any food sold in school must:

  • Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or

  • Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product or a protein food; or

  • Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or

  • Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber)

Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:

Calorie limits

  • Snack items: ≤ 200 calories

  • Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories

Sodium limits

  • Snack items: ≤ 230 mg

  • Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg

Fat limits

  • Total fat: ≤ 35% of calories

  • Saturated fat: ≤ 10% of calories

  • Trans fat: zero grams

Sugar limit ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods

Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item sold. This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods.

Nutrient Standards for Beverages

All schools may sell:

  • Plain water (with or without carbonation)

  • Unflavored low fat milk

  • Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP

  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice, and 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation) and no added sweeteners

Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions, while middle and high schools may sell up to 12-ounce portions of milk and juice. There is no portion size limit for plain water.