Cafeteria Food & Nutrition
Fisher Catholic High School’s Food and Nutrition Services provides a comprehensive lunch daily to our students. The Wellness Guidelines are reviewed annually and updated to meet the current regulations. You can view the current Wellness Policy here.
- All items on the regular lunch menu, including French fries, are baked not fried.
- Healthy snack and beverage machines are located in the cafeteria.
- Total fat content of all items served is less than 30% of calories, with less than 10% of the calories from saturated fat.
- We encourage our students and staff to eat a variety of grains, fruits and vegetables daily.
Healthy eating helps children to grow, develop and do well in school. Healthy eating helps to prevent childhood and adolescent health problems such as obesity and diabetes, it also lowers the risk of future health problems such as heart disease, strokes and cancer. Healthy Eating habits begin at home and are supported by the food served at school.
For questions, comments or concerns about the Wellness Guidelines or if you are interested in joining the troop of Food Service Volunteers, please contact: email@example.com
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Welcome to the Fisher Catholic High School Cafeteria Food and Nutrition Services where we inspire our students to learn positive eating habits. We strive to offer well-balanced meals, encouraging a healthy lifestyle, while developing healthy minds and bodies.
Cafeteria Food and Nutrition Services consists of a dedicated director and an amazing team of volunteers who are dedicated to students of FCHS. We proudly prepare and serve over 16,000 meals per year to the students of our school. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Fisher Catholic High School participates in the National School Lunch Program, which offers students free and reduced lunches as determined by family income.
Payment on Account
Cafeteria Food and Nutrition has a computerized student meal accounting system through the FACTS system which allows parents the option of placing money on each student’s account for full meals, including milk, as well as snacks and a la carte items. The money is placed on the students account, then, as they take their daily meal, choose snacks or a la carte items, the cost of these items will be subtracted from the balance, allowing the student to purchase additional items until the account reaches zero. If a parent wants to remove the excess amount from a student’s account, the parent can fill out a request and the Business Manager’s office will issue a refund check. For safety and accountability reasons, we are not permitted to hand cash back to the students or their families.
Families can set up an automated payment method via debit or credit card. We also accept cash and checks at the cafeteria or Front Office.
At the time of enrollment, or if medical conditions change at any point during a student’s enrollment, families are responsible for providing written communication of any special dietary needs of their child, including food allergies, to the Front Office on the required form. The required form is Student Requiring Special Nutritional Needs which can be obtained at the school or on the website. This form, signed by the doctor, is good until another form is submitted to update the allergy condition or until the form is submitted that the child is no longer allergic. Students with special dietary needs that qualify as disabilities under law are provided reasonable accommodation.
Substitutions to regular school meals provided by FCHS are made for students who are unable to eat regular school meals due to a qualifying dietary need when that need is certified in writing by the student’s physician on the Student Requiring Special Nutritional Needs form. Substitute meals are provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the special needs of the student.
The nature of the student’s qualifying dietary need, the reason this need prevents the student from eating regular school meals (including foods that must be omitted from the student’s diet), the specific diet prescription along with the needed substitution must be specifically stated in the physician’s statement. The District, in compliance with the USDA Child Nutrition Division guidelines, provides substitute meals to food-allergic students based upon the physician’s signed statement.
FISHER CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY
Fisher Catholic High School’s Principal and Director of Food Services work in conjunction to develop and maintain a student wellness plan in compliance with Federal law.
The student wellness plan:
- Includes goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness that are developed with consideration of evidence-based strategies and techniques;
- Includes nutrition guidelines for all foods provided, but not sold to students in Fisher Catholic High School during the school day in order to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity;
- Provides assurance that Fisher Catholic High School, for all food and beverages sold during the school day are, at a minimum, equal to the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and that marketing of foods and beverages on the school campus during the school day is prohibited for foods or beverages that do not meet the nutritional standards established by the school in accordance with USDA regulations, and;
- Establishes a plan of implementation and evaluation, including designating one or more persons within the District with the responsibility for ensuring that the District is compliant with Federal law.
Development of the student wellness plan must be a collaborative effort between parents, students, food service workers, physical education teachers, school health professionals, administrators, Advisory Board members and the public.
Fisher Catholic High School notifies the public of the wellness plan at least annually. The wellness plan is assessed at least once every three years and the results of the assessment are made available to the public.
[Adoption date: December 1, 2023]
[Re-adoption date: August 15, 2026]
LEGAL REFS.: Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act; Pub. L. No. 108-265
(Title I, Section 204), 118 Stat. 729
National School Lunch Act; 42 USC 1751 et seq.
Child Nutrition Act; 42 USC 1771 et seq.
7 CFR, Subtitle B, Chapter 11, Part 210
7 CFR 220
7 CFR 225
7 CFR 245
CROSS REFS.: EF, Food Services Management
EFB, Free and Reduced-Price Food Services
EFF, Food Sale Standards
IGAE, Health Education
IGAF, Physical Education
KJ, Advertising in the Schools
- Fisher Catholic High School Health & Nutrition Council
Fisher Catholic High School creates the Health & Nutrition Council to develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies. The members will also serve as resources to school sites for implementing these policies. The council consists of a group of individuals representing the school and community, which can include but is not limited to parents, students, school food authority, members of the Advisory Board, school administrators, teachers, health professionals, and members of the public.
- Nutritional Quality of Foods & Beverages Sold & Served @ FCHS
Meals served through the National School Lunch and/or Breakfast Programs will:
- be appealing and attractive to students;
- be served in clean and pleasant settings;
- meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations;
- offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;
- serve choices of low-fat (1%) and fat-free flavored milk and nutritionally-equivalent non-dairy alternatives (as defined by USDA); and
- ensure that all of the components that count as grains are whole grain.
Breakfast. To ensure that all students have the opportunity to have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn:
- Schools will operate the School Breakfast Program.
- Schools will, to the extent possible, arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve school breakfasts that encourage participation.
- Schools will notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program annually.
- Schools will encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast.
Meal Times and Scheduling. Schools:
- should, when possible, provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 10 minutes after sitting down for lunch;
- should schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunch should be scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., depending on the school beginning and ending times;
- should not schedule tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities;
- should provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks.
Qualifications of School Food Service Staff. Fisher Catholic High School has a qualified professional administering the school meal program. These individuals meet the Professional Standards as prescribed by the United States Department of Agriculture. As part of Fisher Catholic’s responsibility to operate a food service program, we will provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals in schools. Staff development programs should include appropriate certification and/or training programs for student nutrition directors, school nutrition managers, and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility.
Sharing of Foods and Beverages. Fisher Catholic discourages students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some student’s diets. Share Tables offer an alternative for students to take the food for themselves as an “extra” or “seconds” and not from another student. Students with allergies should refrain from participating in share tables due to the possibility of encountering a food that could cause a reaction.
Foods and beverages sold individually (i.e., foods sold outside of reimbursable school meals, such as through vending machines, cafeteria a la carte [snack] lines, fundraisers, school stores, etc.)
Schools and districts receiving federal funds through the National School Lunch Program must follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Smart Snacks regulations for food and beverage items sold to students. The regulations are in effect anywhere on school campus before school, during the school day and until 30 minutes after the school day ends. Food and beverage items sold must meet calorie, fat and sodium standards. The required standards and resources are available on the USDA Tools for Schools: Focusing on Smart Snacks webpage.
Nutrition Standards for Beverages
- All schools may sell:
- 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.
- Beyond this, the standards allow additional “no calorie” and “lower calorie” beverage options for high school students.
- No more than 20-ounce portions of
- Calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and
- Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain < 5 calories per 8 fluid ounces or ≤ 10 calories per 20 fluid ounces.
- No more than 12-ounce portions of
- Beverages with ≤ 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces, or ≤ 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces.
- The sale of food items that meet nutrition requirements at fundraisers are not limited in any way under the standards.
- The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events.
- The standards provide a special exemption for infrequent fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards. State agencies may determine the frequency with which fundraising activities take place that allow the sale of food and beverage items that do not meet the nutrition standards.
Time of Day
- These guidelines apply to all beverages sold on school grounds during the regular and extended school day.
• The extended school day includes before and after school activities like clubs, yearbook, band, student government, drama and childcare/latchkey programs.
• These guidelines do not apply to school-related events where parents and other adults are part of an audience or are selling beverages as boosters during intermission, as well as immediately before or after an event. Examples of these events include school plays and band concerts.
Smart Snack Nutrition Standards for Foods
- Any food sold in schools 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
- Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
- Calorie limits:
° Snack items: ≤ 200 calories
° Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories
- Sodium limits:
° Snack items: ≤ 200 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
Fundraising Activities, Snacks, Rewards, Celebrations, School-sponsored Events. The goal for the following items is to encourage good nutritional practices and discourage non-nutritional choices by the students of Fisher Catholic.
Fundraising Activities. Fisher Catholic supports children’s health and school nutrition-education efforts, thereby school fundraising activities should not involve food or should use only foods that meet the above nutrition and portion size standards for foods and beverages sold individually. FCHS will encourage fundraising activities that promote physical activity.
General Fundraiser Restrictions: Competitive food and beverage items sold during the school day on the school campus must meet the nutrition standards for competitive food as required in regulations. Ohio has zero exempted fundraisers which means all fundraisers must meet the Smart Snacks guidelines when sold during the school day. Per ODE 2023
- School campus means, for the purpose of competitive food standards implementation, all areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students during the school day.
- School day means, for the purpose of competitive food standards implementation, the period from the midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.
Snacks. Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs should make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. Fisher Catholic will assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of school meals, students’ nutritional needs, ages, and other considerations.
Rewards. Fisher Catholic should not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually (above), as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment.
Celebrations. Fisher Catholic should limit celebrations that involve food during the school day. Each party should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually.
School-sponsored Events (such as, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or performances). Foods and beverages offered or sold at school-sponsored events outside the school day should meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually (above), but are not required to.
III. Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion and Food Marketing
Nutrition Education and Promotion.
Fisher Catholic High School aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. We will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:
- is offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
- is part of not only health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects;
- includes enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits, and school gardens;
- promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;
- emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);
- links with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services;
- teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing, and;
- includes training for teachers and other staff.
Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting. For students to receive the nationally-recommended amount of daily physical activity (i.e., at least 60 minutes per day) and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end:
- Classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically-active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television;
- Opportunities for physical activity should be incorporated into other subject lessons; and
- Classroom teachers are encouraged to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.
Communications with Parents. Fisher Catholic supports parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. We encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the above nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages. In addition, Fisher Catholic will provide opportunities for parents to share their healthy food practices with others in the school community.
Fisher Catholic will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Such supports will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a website, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.
Food Marketing in Schools. School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. As such, schools will limit food and beverage marketing to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually (above). School-based marketing of brands promoting predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages is prohibited. The promotion of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products is encouraged.
Examples of marketing techniques include the following: logos and brand names on/in vending machines, books or curricula, textbook covers, school supplies, scoreboards, school structures, and sports equipment; educational incentive programs that provide food as a reward; programs that provide schools with supplies when families buy low-nutrition food products; in-school television, such as Channel One; free samples or coupons; and food sales through fundraising activities. Marketing activities that promote healthful behaviors (and are therefore allowable) include but are not limited to: vending machine covers promoting water; pricing structures that promote healthy options in a la carte lines or vending machines; sales of fruit for fundraisers; and coupons for discount gym memberships.
- Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education
Daily Physical Activity K-12. All students in grades K-12, including students with disabilities, special health-care needs, and in alternative educational settings, will advertise, encourage and offer opportunities for daily physical activity (goal of 150 minutes/week for elementary school students and 225 minutes/week for middle and high school students) during the entire school year. All physical education will be taught by a qualified physical education teacher.
Daily Recess. All elementary school students should have at least 15 minutes a day of supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which schools should encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment.
Schools should discourage extended periods (i.e., periods of two or more hours) of inactivity. When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.
Schools are discouraged from eliminating the physical activity component of recess as a punishment for behavioral issues. The social aspect can be eliminated as a consequence of the student’s behavior. The student should be given a physical activity apart from the other students recess to promote the daily physical activity. In certain circumstances the elimination of both physical and social recess to allow the student to reflect and focus on their behavior choices is allowable but should not be for a prolonged period of time.
- Monitoring and Policy Review
Monitoring The principal or designee will ensure compliance with the policies at Fisher Catholic High School and will report on the school’s compliance to the Advisory Board, as well as the school community annually.
The Director of Food Services will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service area and will report on this matter to the principal. In addition, the school will report on the most recent USDA Administrative Review (AR) findings and any resulting changes. If the school has not received an AR review from the state agency within the past three years, Fisher Catholic will request from the state agency that an AR review be scheduled as soon as possible.
Policy Review. To help with the continual development of Fisher Catholic’s wellness policies, the principal and director of food services will begin to organize representatives for the Health & Nutrition Council to conduct a baseline assessment of the school’s existing nutrition and physical activity environments and policies. The results of those school assessments will be compiled to identify and prioritize needs. The Council will review the Wellness Policy Procedures on an annual basis and recommend changes as necessary.
Health & Nutrition Council Members:
- Dr. Sally Lozada – Principal
- Ellen Kline – Director of Food Service
- Dawn Burley – Business Manager
- Mary Neighbor – Community Member
- Molly Kersell – School Nurse
- Katie Gillum – FCHS Administrator Representative
- Erin Ellis – FCHS Parent Representative
- Luke Thimmes – FCHS Physical Education Representative
- Cathy Henry – FCHS Physical Education Representative