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Our goal at Orono Schools Child Nutrition is to provide fresh, nutritious, well-balanced meals that meet the dietary guidelines for required levels of nutrients and calories for each age group. Our staff receive annual education to keep current with nutrition standards and ensure they are able to serve our students at the highest level.
Students must select at least three out of the five meal components offered (one of those must be a fruit or vegetable) to be considered a complete meal. Meals and a la carte items are priced competitively to encourage the consumption of a well-balanced meal.
All full meals consist of five components:
Visit Nutrislice to see our breakfast and lunch menus. The interactive menus provide pictures, nutritional information, allergens and brief descriptions of all menu options. For on-the-go convenience, download the Nutrislice app to your iPhone or Android device. For hands-free convenience, ask Alexa or Echo, “What is the lunch menu for [Name of School]?”
Orono’s program uses a computerized system that allows students to electronically purchase a meal. A personal account is established with four-digit PIN number for each student in the district. When a student makes a purchase, the purchase is directly deducted from their account balance. Account balance, purchase history, low balance reminders and autopay features are available on FeePay.
We encourage all families to establish a FeePay account and use this method for meal payments. Payments are deposited into meal accounts within hours and tracking meal purchases is easy.
If you would rather pay by cash or check, please drop off payments in the designated mailboxes located near the main entrances. (The mailbox at Orono Middle School is located in the cafeteria.) Cash or check deposits will be done twice a week. Please write the four-digit PIN number and student name in the check memo section to ensure accuracy.
Students eligible for benefits follow the same procedures as full-pay students. Orono Schools maintains complete confidentiality regarding a student’s eligibility status. Our meal program will provide students eligible for benefits with one full breakfast (at Orono Middle School and Orono High School only) and one full lunch per day at no charge. To be considered a full meal, a student must select a minimum of three out of the five meal components offered (one of those must be a fruit or vegetable).
Students eligible for the reduced program will follow the same procedure as those with free eligibility.
All a la carte purchases or incomplete meals are NOT covered by free/reduced benefits; those purchases are charged to a student’s meal account. Students must have money in their meal account to make additional purchases. Please read our negative balance procedure for more information.
All students with a positive balance may purchase additional cartons of milk, extra lunches or a la carte items during their lunch period. Once a month, on “Special Delivery Pizza Day”, students have the option of purchasing additional slices of pizza for $1.80 (elementary) or $2.00 (secondary) per slice. Note: A la carte purchases are not part of the free and reduced lunch program.
*Please note: Students must have money in their account for a la carte purchases.
A special dietary need is when a student has a disability to food due to a diagnosed allergy, intolerance, disease or medical condition. A signed doctor’s note is required before any menu accommodations can be made. Lactose intolerance is the only exception in which a signed note from a parent is accepted. Orono Child Nutrition personnel work with our district nurse to obtain proper documentation before meeting dietary requests to ensure the safety of students.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). Orono Schools is an equal opportunity provider.