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Director: George Kelly gkelly@hardee.k12.fl.us 
Director's Secretary: Tammy Fitzgerald tfitzgerald@hardee.k12.fl.us

PO Box 1678   1009 N 6th Avenue

Wauchula, FL 33873

Phone 863-773-9058

 

 

Welcome to the Hardee County School Nutrition web page! Our Department is responsible for providing healthy and tasty meals for the students of Hardee County. Understanding that a hungry child cannot learn, our objectives are to provide school food services consistent with the nutritional needs of students and to provide school food services that contribute to the student’s educational experiences. On average we serve over 1,300 breakfasts and 3,500 lunches daily. 

Through the Federal School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, our department provides balanced breakfast, lunch and after school snacks. We also provide after school snacks at eligible schools. Our department is financially self-sufficient relying on funds from reimbursement, student payment and adult payments. 

As participant in the National School Lunch Program, our department must meet the required nutrient levels for specific age or grade groups for eight essential nutrients including calories, protein, total fat, saturated fat, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Breakfast must meet 1/4 of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) and lunch must meet 1/3 of the RDA for each age/grade group. 

At least half of the grains offered through our cafeterias are whole grain and we only serve low-fat (unflavored) or fat free (unflavored or flavored) milk.

 

No application needed! 

We are pleased to inform you that the School District of Hardee County will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for School Year 2016-2017. 

Through this program the District School Nutrition Program  provides healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in Hardee County Schools.

 

 

 

 

Build a great tray!!!

 

All students eating school lunches are encouraged to Build a GREAT Tray by taking at least 3 of the food items offered on the lunch menu.

 

Remember that one of these items must be a fruit or vegetable.  Hardee County School Lunches provide the 5 meal compotents of a lunch (grain, milk, protein, fruit and vegetable) daily. Students must take 3 components to count for a meal. Encourage your student to take all 5 components since there is no additional cost to get all 5 cmponents!  USDA regulations require that a fruit or vegetable be on every tray. This requirement is based on the USDA Choose My Plate nutrition education promotion that includes 1/2 a plate contain fruits & vegetables, 1/4 whole grain and 1/4 protein, & low fat dairy to be considered healthy.

 

 

 

Hardee County  School Nutrition encorages students to start with a fruit or vegetable...better yet take both, choose a whole grain item, pick a lean protein and top your meal off with a carton of milk to equal one great tray for the best school day!

 

The U.S Department of Agriculture  (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual  orientation, of if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases  will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) 

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request a form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail, bat U.S Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C 20250-9410y fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. 

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have  speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). 

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”