Food and Nutrition
Frequently Asked Questions
Can all students’ eat breakfast and lunch? Are meals FREE for ALL children 18 years and under for the 2021-22 school year? If my child takes a free meal does it take away from another child?
Yes, breakfast and lunch is available at no charge to all students’ in all buildings K-12. Complete breakfast and lunch meals are free to all children for the 2021-2022 school year. A la carte items like a single carton of milk are not free because a single item does not meet the requirements of a meal. If a student brings a meal from home, they can add a serving of fruit, vegetable, and a carton of milk for free because those items grouped together count as a meal- which is free.
Participation in the breakfast and lunch program helps our program and does not take away from another child. Free meals are not based on household income for the 2021-22 school year.
How do I apply for free and reduced price meals and the fee waiver? Do I need to apply every year?
A new application and fee waiver form need to be completed every school year.
Applications for free and reduced price meals and a waiver for school fees can be completed online or by completing a paper version. The online version is available by visiting https://family.titank12.com/. Click on “Apply For Meals Today”. If you would prefer a paper version of the form or have any questions, please contact Ginny Scott by phone, 319-848-5337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Return completed paper forms to Food & Nutrition, Prairie Hill Elementary, 401 76th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Once the application has been processed we will send a letter or email to the primary contact listed in Infinite Campus with the determination.
Some students are directly certified through the state. Usually we are notified two times per month of students who qualify via direct certification. If we are notified that your child has been qualified for free or reduced price meals, we will send a letter or email to the primary contact listed in Infinite Campus. Even though meals are free, please complete the application and waiver if you wish to be considered for free or reduced price school fees.
Can my student purchase extra food or a second carton of milk? How do I add funds to my student’s meal account?
Yes, all students have the option to purchase a la carte items such as a second milk, extra main items, and extra fruit and vegetable servings. Students in grades 5-12 also have snack and beverage options. Price lists are available in the cafeteria. A la carte can only be purchased if adequate funds are available in the student’s meal account.
Funds can be added online using Touch Base. https://ia-collegecommunity.intouchreceipting.com/ OR Check or cash can be sent to the clerk or to the office in your student’s building. Please enclose the payment in a sealed envelope and label the payment with the student’s name, grade, and teacher’s name.
How can I see what my child is purchasing each day?
Student transactions can be viewed by logging into your Titan account. https://family.titank12.com/
Where can I find the breakfast and lunch menus? What is included in a breakfast and lunch?
Printed versions of the menus are sent home with K-6 students each month. The menu can also be found online on Nutrislice. Click here.
Nutrislice also offers a free app on Apple or Google Play. Want Alexa to read the menu to you everyday? Enable Nutrislice.
Breakfast includes grains, fruit, juice, and milk. Sometimes a meat/ meat alternate item is also included. An example of a breakfast menu is a choice of cereal and toast or breakfast croissant, fresh apple slices, 100% juice, and a carton of skim plain or chocolate milk.
Lunch includes meat/meat alternate, grains, fruit, vegetable, and milk. An example of a lunch menu is a choice of main item such as a cheeseburger or lasagna with a bread stick, salad, broccoli, applesauce, fresh orange wedges, and and a carton of skim plain or chocolate milk.
My child has a food allergy or requires a special diet. Can you change the menu for my child?
Yes, we can make accommodations for children with allergies or other needs requiring a diet modification. In order for us to make accommodations, a “medical authority” that is authorized by state law to write medical prescriptions: In Iowa this includes only Medical Doctors (MD), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Physician’s Assistants (PA), or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners
(ARNP) must complete the diet modification form. A printable version of the form can be found using this link: Diet Modification Request Form
Once the form has been completed, a parent or guardian also needs to complete the bottom of the form. Return completed forms CCSD Food & Nutrition, Prairie Hill Elementary, 401 76th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, for approval and implementation. If the modification is for fluid milk, USDA only allows a USDA approved soy milk. Ripple milk is USDA approved as a substitution for fluid milk for students with nut and soy allergies.
How do I access the K-4 birthday treats/ classroom snacks order form? How far in advance do I need to order?
Please provide at least 1 week notice for treat orders. Late orders may be limited to the items and time available. Late orders may also be asked to adjust the delivery date of the order so that supplies can be purchased.
For SY 2021-2022 treats can be ordered by visiting: https://forms.gle/ngT9htLUn1FaaLEN6