Food Services Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Who develops the school menus?

Fluvanna County School menus are planned by the Food Service Supervisor. Menus must follow the guidelines set by the National School Lunch Program and the Virginia Department of Education.


What does a school lunch include?

A school lunch includes 5 components:

                                         Grades K–5         Grades 6–8         Grades 9–12

MEAL COMPONENT                          Amount of food per day

Fruits *                                   1⁄2 cup                       1⁄2 cup                        1 cup

Vegetables *                          3⁄4 cup                       3⁄4 cup                        1 cup

Grains                                    1oz. eq.                      1 oz. eq.                    2 oz. eq.

Meats/Meat Alternates      1 oz. eq.                     1 oz. eq.                   2 oz. eq.

Fluid milk                              1 cup                           1 cup                         1 cup

(1%, FF, FF Flavored)

  •     Every reimbursable meal must contain 1⁄2 cup of fruit or vegetable.


Who determines the portion size of the school meals?

Portion sizes are determined by the federal guidelines of the National School Lunch Program. Each lunch provides 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance for children in calories and nutrients.


What is the cost of a school breakfast and lunch?

 Student Breakfast, K-12 = $1.30

 Student Lunch, Elementary = $2.50

 Student Lunch, Middle School = $2.75

 Student Lunch, High School = $2.75

 Adult Breakfast = $1.65

 Adult Lunch = $3.35

 Reduced Breakfast = $0.30

 Reduced Lunch = $0.40


Do students have to take all food items being offered?

Students need to take 3 meal components for it to be considered a school breakfast or lunch. Students must be allowed to decline two items at lunch, except that the students must select at least ½ cup of either the fruit or vegetable component.


What time are schools required to schedule breakfast and lunch?

Federal regulations require schools to schedule lunch between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There are no specific time requirements for breakfast; federal regulations define breakfast as a meal which is served to children in the morning hours at or close to the beginning of the school day.


How do I put money on my child’s account?

You can send in cash or check. Please make checks payable to your child’s school with a note
of your child’s name or student # on the check. You can also set up a MySchoolsBucks account.


What happens if my child forgets his/her lunch money?

Food Services understands that situations may occur when a child forgets their lunch money and we will allow a student to charge a meal. A meal charge is defined as a short-term loan for a child to eat because the child forgot lunch, their lunch money or has lost it. The extent at which charges are allowed will vary from primary to secondary schools, for obvious reasons.

Food Services does not allow charges for snack items. If a child’s account has a negative balance, the account needs to be updated prior to making any additional snack purchases.


 Are students able to purchase extra items?

Students are able to purchase extra items by using cash or monies on their meal account.
Students who have a negative account balance will not be allowed to purchase extra items.


Can parents limit their child’s a la carte purchases?

Yes. Parents can limit access to a la carte purchases by writing a note to the cafeteria and it will be noted on their account. Parents may also request to the cashier for a detailed report of any items purchased in the cafeteria.


Why are adult meal prices higher than a student meal?

Adults pay higher prices for school meals than students because student meals are subsidized with federal and state monies. Federal regulations state “adult prices must be the full cost or at least the price paid by students plus the rate of federal and state reimbursement and the value of USDA donated foods.”


 How is confidentiality of my student’s account maintained?

Each child has an individual student number assigned to them when they enroll in school. The number remains the same throughout their entire enrollment in Fluvanna County Public Schools. If a child purchases ala carte items, the amount of the purchase will show on the
cashier screen. Federal law prohibits sharing information concerning the free or reduced status of children.


   How do children qualify for free and reduced price meals?

Your family may be eligible for free or reduced price meals based on income guidelines and household size. Those guidelines are set by the United States Department of Agriculture each year.


Can a family apply for free and reduced price meals at any time?

Applications for free and reduced price meals may be submitted at any time during the course of that school year.