SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM

The mission of the School Nutrition Program (SNP) is to provide the students of RSU 3 opportunities to make sound decisions in selecting high quality, nutritious meals they enjoy. In order to bolster academic performance and the wellness of our students, great effort is taken to plan nutritious and delicious meals for our students which the SNP staff skillfully prepares.

Tina M. Fabian, School Nutrition Program Director- Meet the Director

84 School Street, Unity, ME 04988

Phone: (207) 568-4607 Fax: (207) 568-4624 ~ Email: tfabian@rsu3.org

  • Breakfast Components: Grains, Fruit, Milk, Meat/Meat Alternative (optional). Breakfast must have a minimum of 3 components.

  • Lunch Components: Grains, Meat/Meat Alternative, Fruit, Vegetable, and Milk. Lunch must have 3 out of 5 components.

  • Any additional items will be charged as a la carte items.

  • A la carte item example: extra entrees, bottled water, milk with a home lunch, or bags of snacks not included in lunch meals.

    A LA CARTE ITEMS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CHARGE ON ACCOUNTS WITH A NEGATIVE BALANCE. Cash, check, or credit/debit card (via PayPal) are accepted at the time of purchase or to add to an account for future purchases of a la carte items.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

Elementary students are offered two entrée choices each day. Middle and High School students are offered many options every day. A la carte items are available for purchase to students in grades 6-12. As part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, students will be required to choose a fruit and/or vegetable component for breakfast and lunch to qualify as a reimbursable meal. Under Offer vs. Serve, students must take 3 out of 4 items at breakfast and 3 out of 5 components offered at lunch. These components are: Meat/ Meat Alternative, Grain, Fruit, Vegetable and Milk. Therefore, some items offered (i.e. Breakfast Sandwich, meat & grain components) will qualify as two components.

Every day we offer a nutritious and delicious breakfast and lunch to our students. Our meals meet or exceed the nutrient standards set by the Federal Government. Menus are sent home with all elementary students and are also posted on the District’s web site. School Nutrition Program staff members prepare and serve meals which exceed increasingly demanding national and local nutrition standards to safeguard the health and well-being of all our children as mandated by the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

The School Nutrition Program aims to promote healthy eating habits for life by providing nutritious meals to the student of RSU 3. All grains, pastas, and breads served to students are whole grain rich. There is also at least 2 fresh fruit and vegetable choice on the menu daily. Monthly menus reflect diversity and creativity to appeal to student appetites. In addition to the main meal, a variety of options for breakfast, lunch and ala carte are available to students at the junior high and high school levels.

Local Food Sources

Here in RSU #3 we believe in supporting our community through Farm to School Initiatives. We would like to recognize our partnerships with area farms who produce 40% of our food for our students. Thank you for the hard work and fantastic food you provide our students and staff!

  • Thor-Knox Farm- Thorndike

  • Terranean Farm- Troy

  • Heald Farm- Troy

  • Morning Glories Farm- Unity

  • Common Sense Farm- Unity

  • McKay Research Farm- Thorndike

  • Singing Nettle Farm- Brooks

  • New Beat Farm- Knox

  • Mainely Apples- Dixmont

  • Mount View High School Gardens (Alternative Education)

  • Peacemeal Farm- Dixmont

 Parent Resources

Breakfast and Lunch Meal Pattern

Student Wellness Policy

Smarter Snack Guidelines

Smarter Snack Product Calculator:

https://www.healthiergeneration.org/takeaction/schools/snacksandbeverages/smartsnacks/alliance_prod

Non-Discriminatory Statement

Federal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities, who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

State

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. In accordance with State law this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write Maine Department of Education, Civil Rights Officer, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME. 04333, or call (207)624-6820. Maine is an equal opportunity provider and employer.