Southeast Polk Parents and Guardians,
Congratulations to your student on another great school year! The SEP Food & Nutrition Services has a few updates to help you plan for your summer and prepare for next school year. Please take a moment to review.
Summer Meals – SEP is not eligible to provide a summer meal program this year. However, here is a link to find more information about some metro school districts that are able, including their meal sites and times.
Lunch fees return in 2022-2023 – For the past two years in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in March 2020, the USDA (US Dept. of Agriculture) had implemented a universal free meal program for all students. This federal government program is set to expire at the end of June 2022. We know food insecurity is a real concern. We want to ensure all of our students feel well and full so they can learn at their best. Families needing financial assistance are encouraged to and will be able to complete the Meal Eligibility application to determine if their child(ren) is eligible for Free or Reduced meals. Application information will be emailed out in July for the 22-23 school year. Applications completed now or during this school year are only valid for the 21-22 school year.
I hope you and your family have a safe, healthy and happy summer break!
Director of Food & Nutrition Services
USDA nondiscrimination statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.’
Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement:
“It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”
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