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National School Lunch Program

National School Lunch Program 

National School Lunch Program 


St. Augustine Catholic High School participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
As part of this program, St. Augustine Catholic High School will offer healthy meals every school day.

Your children may qualify for free or
reduced-price meals. Reduced-price lunches cost $0.40.

For the 2022-2023 school year, full price per meal will be $4.00. Students ID's will be scanned as they come in the cafeteria to received their lunch. Weekly our staff will bill your FACTS prepaid lunch account for meals the student received. You will be notified if your prepaid account falls below $10.00 balance. You can upload funds to your prepaid account at any time. If you have any questions on how to do this, please contact Ms. Gonzales at tgonzales@staugustinehigh.com 

NOTE: Applications being sent to all families on July 1 via email. Website will be updated week of July 11. Contact Ms. Gonzales at tgonzales@staugustinehigh.com at the school if you have questions or need information.

Click for instructions on Placing A Lunch Order

What is a Reimbursable Meal?

What is a Reimbursable Meal?

The USDA school lunch program has many guidelines that schools must follow to provide healthy meals to all students. There are five (5) basic food components that make up a “reimbursable” meal. For high schools, 3 of the 5 items must be served to be counted as a “reimbursable” meal. There are some options for the students, but at least one item must be a ½ cup portion of a fruit or vegetable. The other 2 components are full size servings of any two other items. The student can take all 5 components being served.

The 5 components are:

1. Meat or Meat Alternative

2. Grain

3. Fruit

4. Vegetable

5. Milk

If a student does not take at least three items with one being a fruit or vegetable, the school cannot count the meal served as a “reimbursable” meal. In other words, while the students and families may be receiving the meal for little or no cost, there is still a cost to the school and the catering company to provide the food, but USDA will only reimburse for a meal that is at least the required 3 of 5 components. That is why they will see someone looking over their meal when they pick it up to make sure we can count it as a full meal. We want all students to have the opportunity to share in the school lunch program. Student accounts will only be billed for the meals they receive.

Many factors must be considered to stay within the guidelines for the school to be qualified as an NSLP eligible school meal site. For the 2022-23 school year, we will  be offering an “Offer vs Serve” model. This means, while each student will be offered the same 5 menu items, they can choose not to take all 5 items. If they would like to take all 5 but find they do not like one of the items after they have proceeded through the line, they have the option of taking the item home with them to eat later or depositing that item onto a “share table”. Any other student, already having gone through the line themselves can choose to pick up any item on the “share table” without additional cost.

We are NOT preparing meals at the school campus this year, but are working with a catering company, Healthy Innovations. We will be estimating number of meals required to serve all students interested each day. However, if the main menu item runs out as more students arrived than anticipated, we will have alternate menu items available. We will do our best to estimate high so that each day there will be plenty of food available for those students that want a lunch. We recommend that all students try the meals and offer feedback so that we can make adjustments to the menu in the future.

NOTE: Food Allergies or special food needs: If your student has a specific food allergy, please contact Ms. Gonzales at tgonzales@staugustinehigh.com to discuss options. The school will make every effort to provide alternate foods for your child. Parents are encouraged to request Dietary Accommodations that adhere to the National School Lunch program. A "Licensed Healthcare Professional" may need to sign a medical statement for meal accommodations in the Child Nutrition Programs. Ms. Gonzales will provide this form upon request.

Share table: A share table is available after a student takes a meal. If they do not want an item, they can place it on the share table before going to their seat. If another student wishes to have an additional item, they can take from the share table at no additional cost.iscard the item.