• Principals - School Nutrition FAQ/Information


    Lunchroom FAQ:

    Offer Versus Serve Information:

    Breakfast: Students must be offered four (4) different items. They MUST select three (3) of these items and one (1) MUST be a fruit or vegetable.

    1. Fruit or Vegetable (required)
    2. Meat or Meat Alternate
    3. Grain
    4. Milk

    Lunch: Students must be offered five (5) different food components. They MUST select at least three (3) different items and one (1) MUST be a fruit or vegetable.

    1. Fruit and/or Vegetable (required)
    2. Meat or Meat Alternate
    3. Grain
    4. Milk

    For more information on Offer Versus Serve, please review the Offer Versus Serve Guidance documentation here. 

    Reimbursement Guidelines:

    Offer Versus Serve (above) is a requirement of Pre-K breakfast and lunch. All Pre-K Scholars should be traveling to the cafeteria for meal service.

    Meal Service Times:

    Formal lunchtime should remain between the hours of 10:00a and 2:00p. Please contact Director of Operations Stephanie Y. Hobbs at (216) 333-6784 for approval prior to any changes or adjustments to hours.

    Why does the food being served not match up with what's recorded on the menu?

    Please read our statement below about supply chain issues:

    supply chain issue update

    Grab n Go Carts (After the Bell Carts):

    School Nutrition has received a grant for Grab n Go Carts for breakfast. These are used to increase breakfast participation from our scholars. Kitchen Assistant Managers have received a directive to place these carts near the main entrance or other high traffic areas to provide late students the opportunity to receive breakfast.

    Sharing Tables:

    Sharing tables are required in all K-8 Cafeteras. They are used for students to place any unwanted, unopened, prepackaged food and beverages for other students to take. This also includes items with a peel (ex: bananas, oranges). Due to COVID-19, the sharing tables have not been in use for safety. Once deemed safe again by USDA, sharing tables will resume.

    Water Availability:

    As part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, School Nutrition is required to ensure that water is available to students at no charge in the same location that meals are being served. Our water dispensers that are placed in these areas are required and mandatory to ensure students have access to free water during serving times. Due to COVID-19, CMSD has shut off all water fountains and is providing bottled water to all students. If your school needs to request an order of bottled water, please reach out to our Procurement Manager, Doug Priestas, at 216-877-6282.

    Scholars with Special Diets:

    To help us properly serve students, parents/caregivers of those with Special Dietary Needs must complete the required form(s) for their child's special dietary needs. The forms are found on our website here. Please contact the District Dietitian, Alli Thirion-Blasius, MPH, RD, LD at (216) 838-0445 with any additional questions or concerns surrounding special dietary needs.

    Lunch Attendant Primary Responsibilities:

    Lunch Attendants are responsible for the following: 

    • Helping students open packages
    • Monitor eating
    • Encourage eating new food items
    • Supervise disposing of refuse
    • Monitor behavior during lunch
    • Spot sweep and clean spills
    • Wash tables

     


    Snacks/Fundraising FAQ:

    What are Smart Snacks?

    Smart Snacks in schools refers to the national nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold outside of the federal reimbursable school meal programs during the school day. The Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards support better health for our kids and echo the good work already taking place in schools across the country.

    • To download a guide to Smart Snacks in school, click here.
    • To utilize the Smart Snacks Product Calculator, click here.

    For more FAQ on Smart Snacks, click here.

    Am I allowed to fundraise/sell food items to students at my school?

    Yes! However, the food items MUST meet the Smart Snacks standards. To calculate Smart Snack eligibility, please use the Smart Snack Calculator tool found here. If you have any questions regarding fundraising snacks and selling food items, please contact your school's Area Supervisor. 

    Can food be provided for after-school activities?

    Yes! School Nutrition can provide you with nutritional snacks that give students the boost they need for supervised, educational after-school activities. To request snacks for your activities, please complete this form and send it via email to our Accounting Coordinator, Anu Soniyi at Anu.Soniyi@clevelandmetroschools.org. If you have any additional questions, more information on the After School Snack Program can be found here.

    Can food be provided for field trips?

    Yes! With our Bag Lunch service, you can request nutritious bag lunches for all types of school day activities, from field day to a class trip to the museum. PLEASE NOTE: Due to supply chain issues throughout the country, requests must be requested at least two weeks in advance of the desired service date. Requesting bag lunches is quick and easy using our online form located here.


    Contact FAQ:

    Who is the Area Supervisor for my school?

    You can identify the Area Supervisor for your school on the list located here.

    Who should I contact if my kitchen and/or cafeteria equipment is broken?

    Contact our Inventory & Equipment Coordinator, Laurie McCulloch at (216) 246-3372 or at Laurie.Mcculloch@clevelandmetroschools.org, with any concerns surrounding the kitchen and/or cafeteria equipment. 

    I'm interested in having a Nutrition or Wellness education class with my staff/students. Is that possible?

    Yes! School Nutrition has two Registered Dietitians and an Executive Chef who specializes in teaching a wide variety of nutrition education and wellness topics. We now have an online form you can fill out with all your information and your requested topic. Someone from School Nutrition will then reach out to you for the next steps! The form can be accessed here.

    My questions were not answered on this page, who can I contact about more specific questions?

    There are two different ways to reach out to our School Nutrition Staff:

    1. Visit our Who Should I Call If? page which can be found here.
    2. Fill out our CMSD School Nutrition - Contact Us form online and the appropriate staff member will contact you. The form link can be found here.