Food Service

The AASD Food Service Department follows the Guidelines set forth by PDE’S Division of Food and Nutrition for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

Every three years, the food service department undergoes a rigorous review of menus and food service policies, to see that the guidelines are being followed.  The most recent review was in December of 2016; we are due for a visit in the 2020-2021 school year.

Our staff is composed of 50+ employees, most of which are Serv-Safe certified among our five district kitchens.

Quality Foods make up a diverse menu that includes:

Pizza and pastas and breads that are whole grain

Whole grain cereals.  Reduced sugar cereals

Snacks are all “Smart-Snack” approved

Beverages:  1% white and chocolate milk.  Milk substitutes include Silk milk, lactaid

Special foods for Gluten-Free and Diabetic students

Lunch Menus

Nutrikids

To add money to your child’s lunch account, please visit the Nutrikids website!
Click on Browse > Food Service (on the left of the page).   Click on Food Service – –  Any Amount.
Enter the following information:  $$ amount, child’s last name, and 6 digit student ID number.
Finally, click on Buy Now to checkout.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

TO ALL PARENTS IN AASD! GREAT NEWS! COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION

Dear Parents or Guardians:

We are pleased to inform you that the entire AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT will now take part in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2019-20 School Year. This provision is available by our meeting certain criteria in our participation in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

This new and exciting provision is wonderful news for you and your student(s)!

Effective August 27, 2019, all enrolled students of AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT are eligible to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day at the school at no charge to your household. There is no need to fill out an application for free and reduced meals.

**Please keep in mind that single item purchases, including milk and snack bar items will still be sold a la carte; however—your lunch and breakfast meals will be free of charge!

If you have questions about this program, please contact Mrs. Janet Gaffney, Food Service Director at 724-266-2833, ext 2395 or by email at: jgaffney@ambridge.k12.pa.us

Food Service Policy

The Ambridge Area School District has a meal service policy for students / payments of funds, as follows:

Each Ambridge Area School District student has a meal account. They have access to their account via a four digit PIN number. Parents and students have many options for depositing money into their accounts: 1) send a check regular US Mail sent to Food Service Director, 909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA 15003, 2) deposit made in person by the student, or 3) make an online pre-payment.

For payment of meals online go to the Ambridge Area School District website at www.ambridge.k12.pa.us and follow the prompts to Food Services, then RevTrak School Lunch. This will take the user directly to the RevTrak Online prepayment website. To use the online method of pre-payment, parents must know their child’s six digit Student ID Number. Please note that when using the online payment program, a service fee will be applied at checkout. Funds will not be available immediately. Example: if a parent makes a payment at 11a.m. Monday, the Food Director will upload all deposits by Tuesday morning at 7a.m. No uploading of money takes place over the weekend. Students may also simply pay cash on a daily basis, although prepayment is the preferred method for the Foodservice department, as it allows for a more efficient serving line. The district allows each student to charge their meal if they have forgotten their money or do not have adequate funds on their account. However the district places a 3 meal charge limit on each account. Students are NOT permitted to “charge” a la carte or snack-type foods [ex: snacks or bottled water]. All parents can track their child’s balance by logging onto RevTrak, as noted above, and creating an account. Students may also be discreetly reminded in the lunch line if their account goes into negative balance.

It is important to note that once an account reaches three meals’ worth in negative balance, the student will be offered an alternative lunch consisting of a sandwich, one fruit or vegetable side dish and carton of milk., until restitution is made on the account. The student’s lunch account will be charged a lesser amount to cover the cost of the meal.

It is imperative to note that no child will ever be denied a meal.

If you have any questions please contact Janet Gaffney, Food Service Director.
724-266-2833 ext. 2395

Special Dietary Needs

Children with Disabilities and Special Dietary Needs Revised (July 2017)

Schools participating in a federal school meal program (National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Special Milk Program, and Afterschool Snack Program) are required to make reasonable accommodations for children who are unable to eat the school meals because of a disability that restricts the diet.

1. Licensed Medical Authority’s Statement for Children with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations 7 CFR Part 15b require substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. School food authorities must provide modifications for children on a case-by-case basis when requests are supported by a written statement from a state licensed medical authority. For this purpose, a state licensed medical authority in Pennsylvania includes a licensed physician, physician assistant, certified registered nurse practitioner, or dentist. The third page of this document (“Medical Plan of Care for School Food Service”) may be used to obtain the required information from the licensed medical authority.

  • The written medical statement must include:
    – An explanation of how the child’s physical or mental impairment restricts the child’s diet;
    – An explanation of what must be done to accommodate the child; and
    – The food or foods to be omitted and recommended alternatives, if appropriate.

2. Other Special Dietary Needs
School food service staff may make food substitutions for individual children who do not have a medical statement on file. Such determinations are made on a case-by-case basis and all accommodations must be made according to USDA’s meal pattern requirements. Schools are encouraged, but not required, to have documentation on file when making menu modifications within the meal pattern.  Special dietary needs and requests, including those related to general health concerns, personal preferences, and moral or religious convictions, are not disabilities and are optional for school food authorities to accommodate.

3. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, a person with a disability means any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities or major bodily functions, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. A physical or mental impairment does not need to be life threatening in order to constitute a disability. If it limits a major life activity, it is considered a disability. Major life activities include, but are not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. A major life activity also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to: functions of the immune system; normal cell growth; and digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

4. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
A child with a disability under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is described as a child evaluated in accordance with IDEA as having one or more of the recognized thirteen disability categories and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement for a child with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with the IDEA and its implementing regulations. When nutrition services are required under a child’s IEP, school officials need to ensure that school food service staff is involved early in decisions regarding special meals. If an IEP or 504 plan includes the same information that is required on a medical statement (see section 1, above), then it is not necessary to get a separate medical statement.
Children with Disabilities and Special Dietary Needs

USDA Nondiscrimination 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) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, 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.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Click the link below to download the Medical Plan of care for School Food Service Form.

Food Service Documents

Medical Plan of
Care for Food Service

Food Service Office

Gaffney
Gaffney, Janet
Food Service Director

Central Administration

724.266.2833 x2395

jgaffney@ambridge.k12.pa.us

Misencik
Misencik, Valerie
Secretary

Ambridge Area High School

724.266.2833 x2377

vmisencik@ambridge.k12.pa.us

Cordell, Tina
Head Cook

State Street Elementary

tcordell@ambridge.k12.pa.us

724.266.2833 x4300

Gregory, Kelly
Head Cook

Ambridge Area High School

kgregory@ambridge.k12.pa.us

724.266.2833 x2230

Hooks, Cindy
Head Cook

Economy Elementary School

chooks@ambridge.k12.pa.us

724.266.2833 x6700

Robinson. Anna
Head Cook

Highland Elementary School

arobinson@ambridge.k12.pa.us

724.266.2833 x7215

Wyman, Cathy
Head Cook

Ambridge Area Middle School

cwyman@ambridge.k12.pa.us

724.266.2833 x3278