Carol Ann Grodski, MS, RD, CDN
The Junior-Senior High School, Memorial Grade School and Elementary School all provide cafeteria service at nominal cost to students. Milk is available in all schools.
Memorial Grade School
Junior-Senior High School
Free or reduced meals
Notice is herewith given to the parents of all students attending Babylon Public Schools of the availability of free or reduced price lunches for children who meet federal eligibility standards.
If, after examining the numbers, you believe that you are eligible for free or reduced price meals for your child, you may fill out the application obtainable from the school nurse or cafeteria office. Upon completion, give it to the Lunch Director. Applications may be made any time during the school year.
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Prompted by the New York State Education Department mandate that all schools establish a Wellness Policy, and in an ongoing effort to ensure the best health of the students and staff at Babylon Schools, the Babylon District Wellness Committee established the following initiatives:
• The cafeterias in all buildings will offer (for a nominal fee) the option to order a fruit and/or vegetable platter, sensible snacks, fruit juice and water for any in-school celebration. Order forms may be obtained on the district website or at the main office of each building.
• Beverages provided for in-school celebrations are requested to be 100% fruit juice or water.
• Food provided for in-school celebrations is requested to meet the following nutritional guidelines per serving:
• Sugar – 15 grams or less
• Fat – 7 grams or less
• Saturated Fat – 2 grams or less
• Sodium – 360 milligrams or less
(Try to avoid partially hydrogenated oils or high-fructose corn syrup. Look for products that have no added sugar and are high in fiber.)
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BABYLON WELLNESS POLICY
The Babylon Union Free School District is committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices. The goals of the district’s Wellness Policy include:
• That the Child Nutrition Program complies with federal, state, and local requirements and is accessible to all children.
• That sequential and interdisciplinary nutrition education is provided and promoted throughout the district.
• That patterns of meaningful physical activity connect to students’ lives outside of physical education.
• That all school-based activities are consistent with the Wellness Policy’s goals.
• That all foods and beverages made available on campus (including vending, a la carte, student stores, parties, and fundraising) during the school day will be consistent with the Matilda Cuomo legislation of 1987 (Laws of Education, Title 1, Article 19, § 915). *
• That all foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
• That the school environment is safe, comfortable, pleasing, and should allow ample time and space for eating meals.
• That food is not used as a reward, physical activity, or punishment.
• That the district maintains an active Committee charged with the task of evaluating and maintaining this Wellness Policy and its effectiveness.
• That the Committee will meet a minimum of eight times per year to make recommendations to the Board of Education.
* § 915. Prohibiting the sale of certain sweetened foods. From the beginning of the school day until the end of the last scheduled meal period, no sweetened soda water, no chewing gum, no candy including hard candy, jellies, gums, marshmallow candies, fondant, licorice, spun candy, and candy-coated popcorn, and no water ices except those which contain fruit or fruit juices, shall be sold in any public school within the state.
• Food used for instructional purposes (except for Home & Careers) will be sent home for consumption.
• Food, beverage, and/or candy cannot be sold as a fundraiser or through an individual or organization on campus during the school day unless it meets the aforementioned nutritional guidelines.
• Elementary School parents should continue to follow the Elementary School brochure on food allergies. Grade School and High School parents are requested to refer to the Elementary School brochure on food allergies and follow suggested guidelines. Taking advantage of healthier alternatives and prohibiting certain sales is just one step in enhancing nutritional and physical education. The aforementioned initiatives will minimize contributions to children’s health problems, minimize negative financial impacts, maximize children’s learning potential, and protect children against potential food-related illness.