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Summer meals available for Jones County students

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The Jones County School Nutrition Program will be providing safe and flexible meals under the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to children during the summer months. Nationwide non-congregate feeding and mealtime waivers have been established by the United States Department of Agriculture. This program will provide five days worth of meals to children under the age of 18 and individuals up to age 21 with a state-identified disability. Meals will be distributed once a week to children, the child’s parent/guardian or bus delivered. For example, a pickup site will distribute five days of breakfast and lunch meals on Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bulk packaging option allows parents and children to enjoy nutritious meals all week without the hassle of picking up daily. The order form for meal delivery or pickup can be found on the Jones County School Nutrition webpage. The meal program will run from June 1 through July 23.

Meal Accommodations

Reasonable modifications will be provided to accommodate children with disabilities and or special diet needs. Contact the School Nutrition office at 986-1390 for more information.

Food Safety

Strategies to assist parents with maintain the integrity of the food will be provided on packaging.

•Label foods that require refrigeration or freezing.

•Refrigeration and reheating instructions.

•Sorting foods into two different bags prior to distribution–one for refrigerated foods and another for shelf-stable foods.

Parents and Guardians are reminded to:

•Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before preparing or handling food.

•Wash dishes, utensils, tables, and counter tops with hot, soapy water before and after eating food.

•Refrigerate or freeze meals and milk immediately after picking up or delivery. Set home refrigerator temperatures to 40 °F or below.

•Eat perishable food (e.g., prepared chicken, cooked pasta, etc.) earlier in the week. Eat shelfstable or frozen meals (e.g., nut butter, canned foods, frozen foods) later in the week.

•Reheat prepared foods, like cooked chicken and cooked hamburger patties, to an internal temperature of at least 165 °F. Heat frozen foods according to package instructions.

•Discard leftovers and open containers/packages of refrigerated food within 3-4 days.