LPV Career TEC MEAL PROGRAM
Breakfast $1.50 (Reduced $ .30)
Lunch $2.50 (Reduced $ .40)
The Lower Pioneer Valley Board of Directors, along with the Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Center, recognizes the relationship between student well-being and student achievement and promotes a healthy school by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. All of these components are necessary for students to develop attitudes and health practices that affect their safety and well-being.
LPV Career TEC will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Toward that end, the school uses an electronic identification and payment system.
LPV Career TEC offers an in-house breakfast and lunch program as part of a federally reimbursable program all of which follows the USDA Guidelines. LPV Career TEC shares the Massachusetts School Nutrition Standards Objective which is to provide the opportunity for children to consume whole, minimally processed, nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy.
LPV Career TEC makes every effort to ensure that all children have breakfast and a minimum of 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch.
Students have access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meal.
Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:
- be appealing and attractive to the students;
- be served in a clean and pleasant setting;
- meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations;
- offer a variety of fruits and vegetables at any location where food is sold but not including non-refrigerated vending machines or vending machines dispensing only beverages;
- serve no more than 1% low fat milk and nutritionally-equivalent non-dairy alternatives (to be defined by USDA);
- all bread and other grain-based products must be whole grain (i.e. whole grain should be listed first in the ingredient statement)
- plain potable water will be made readily available to all students during the day at no cost.
The sharing of foods and beverages is discouraged given concerns regarding allergies and other dietary restrictions.
LPV Career TEC Meal program coordinators will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within the school food service/cafeteria area. Food preparation and all foods and beverages sold or provided to students will meet all applicable state and federal food safety requirements.
The LPV Career TEC cafeteria is staffed by the school’s personnel on a rotating basis. All personnel are annually allergy/epi pen trained by the school nurse. In addition there is a large majority of staff who are First Aid, CPR and AED certified. There are two AEDs in the building. One of the coordinators is ServSafe and Allergen Awareness certified. The foodservice program shares the kitchen with the Culinary Arts program. All Culinary Arts instructors are ServSafe certified. As part of the Culinary Arts curriculum the tenth grade students go through the process of becoming certified in First Aide, CPR, AED, Heimlich Maneuver and ServSafe. The school nurse provides information regarding any student allergies.
The West Springfield Board of Health performs a Food Establishment Inspection and completes its findings in writing twice a year. The LPV Career TEC Meal Program coordinators will share the report with the Director of Occupational Education. Any violations will be immediately addressed by the Director.