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September 2023

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Meal Program: This School Year

We are pleased to inform you that Independence Charter School has implemented a provision known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) again for the 2023-2024 school year.  This program is available to schools and districts that are participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

All enrolled students of Independence Charter School are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch each school day at no charge to your household.

No further action is required of you.  Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without paying a fee or submitting an application.

You can find our School Menus directly at this link: https://www.fdmealplanner.com/

If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us at: 215-238-8000 ext 2228 or neyzac@icscharter.org

Dietary Restrictions

If your child is participating in our meal program, it is important that you provide information regarding any special dietary needs, allergies, or restrictions per the Pennsylvania school nutrition regulations.You must submit an updated note each year to our Nurse’s office from your pediatrician indicating the specific allergy or intolerance. Please let our Food Services Coordinator know that you are submitting this information.

Lunch Food Policy
  • Candy, seeds, and gum will not be allowed at any time during school hours—including in the cafeteria.
  • Drinks other than water, milk, and juice are not permitted during lunch.
  • Soda is not permitted at school at any time, including both the cafeteria and yard.
  • Glass bottles and containers are not permitted at school at any time, including both the cafeteria and yard.
Snack Food Policy
  • In order to maximize learning potential we recommend that parents support students bringing a healthy snack. Attention and concentration will wane on an empty stomach. Healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, granola bars, yogurt, dried fruit and nuts, and water provide extended hours of energy for learning, whereas sugary snacks provide only short-term energy with a “crash”.

    • Candy, seeds, and gum will not be allowed at any time during school hours.
    • Students are permitted to bring a water bottle to drink and refill throughout the day.
    • Drinks other than water will not be permitted in the classroom, even during snack.
    • Soda is not permitted at school at any time, including both the cafeteria and yard.
    • Glass bottles and containers are not permitted at school at any time, including both the cafeteria and yard.
Birthday Celebrations

Check with your child’s teacher each year to find out how they celebrate birthdays in your child’s classroom. Many teachers have special birthday routines in place. Never send food without communicating directly with and receiving permission and clear instructions from your child’s teacher. In general, birthday celebrations with food are not feasible in grades 4-8. If you make a plan with a teacher to send in food, consider sending more nutritious alternatives to cake/cupcakes, and remember that each student only needs one small, pre-portioned serving.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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