USD 363 FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

USD 363 Holcomb Schools in partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education and the United States Department of Agriculture are happy to announce that for the 2021-2022 school year ALL ACTIVELY ENROLLED STUDENTS will be eligible to receive one (1) full breakfast and one (1) full lunch each day that school is in session for FREE!!

There will not be applications for the Free & Reduced Meal Program this year, but we highly encourage you to complete a Household Economic Survey to assist the district with receiving the proper amount of school funding that is normally partially based on the Free & Reduced Meal Program applications. The survey can be completed by answering a few simple questions during the online enrollment process or you can request a paper survey from any school office or the administration office.

COVID-19 Protocols

Food is a source of nourishment, stability, and comfort for your child. The USD 363 Holcomb School Nutrition Program is working very closely with state agencies in ongoing efforts to protect the health and wellness of children. Federal, state, and local organizations have collaborated to prioritize food availability and food safety for young customers participating in school nutrition programs. We want to assure you that school nutrition program personnel are taking every precaution to support the safe delivery of program meals to your children in whatever form that takes in the coming months.

The standard protocol for handling foods served in school nutrition programs is to follow the four key steps of food safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Following strict food safety protocol has been, and will continue to be, part of program practices at all times.

Protocol includes:

  • Proper handwashing before handling foods and food-contact surfaces.

  • Application of the “No Bare Hand Contact Rule” when handling ready-to-eat foods.

  • Exclusion of employees experiencing symptoms of illness.

  • Purchase of foods from reputable sources.

  • Cooking and holding foods at proper temperatures.

  • Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, as well as disinfecting facility surfaces when necessary.

The strict practices followed by school nutrition program personnel are designed to protect the safety of the foods and better ensure children receive quality meals that meet their nutritional needs. The Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and (insert your school district/program name) take the health and wellness of your child very seriously.

For more information about our program, contact Linda Spence at linda.spence@usd363.com or Kristi Calkins at kristi.calkins@usd363.com. For more information about Covid-19, refer to https://www.finneycounty.org/755/Coronavirus-COVID-19.

FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM INFORMATION

At USD 363 Holcomb Schools we believe that good nutrition assists students in not only achieving but excelling in the academic world.  Therefore, we encourage all of our students to participate in the National School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program.  

Our Food Service Program also partners with the USDA and KSDE to bring the Free and Reduced Meal Program to the families in our district that are considered low income.  If you think you may qualify, we highly encourage you to fill out an application.  You can receive an application in several ways and you can apply at any time during the school year.

1.  Applications can be accessed at usd363.com.  Select Menu>Parents and Students> Free and Reduced Meal Application.

2.  You can request a paper copy be mailed to you by contacting Kristi Calkins at kristi.calkins@usd363.com or (620)765-1859.

3.  Applications can be picked up at the district office at 305 Wiley Street or at any school office during normal business hours.

Applications should be completed and returned to the district office or any school office.  Applications will be processed in a timely manner and you will receive your results notification by mail.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Thank you