Frequently Asked Questions
Questions 1) How do I get in touch with the Child Nutrition office? 2) What happens to my child's cafeteria account balance at the end of the school year? 3) Can my child charge meals? 4) What happens if my child has no money and cannot charge a meal? 5) Why do school staff and adult visitors have to pay more for meals than students? 6) Where can I find the breakfast and lunch menus? 7) What are the nutrient requirements of school meals? 8) Can I request an alternate meal if my child has a food allergy or disability that limits the types of foods they can safely consume? 9) Are the school kitchens inspected by the local health department? Answers 1)
How do I get in touch with the Child Nutrition office?
Top A We are located at 210 School Street in Converse.
Our phone number is (210) 945-6720 and our fax number is 210-945-6988.
Our office hours are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday.
What happens to my child's cafeteria account balance at the end of the school year?
Cafeteria account balances are carried forward each school year. All money remaining in your child's account on the last day of school will be your child's beginning balance the next school year. The funds will remain in the account even if your child transfers to another school within Judson ISD.
Graduating students or students transferring out of Judson ISD will need to request a refund through the Child Nutrition office in order to receive the account balance.
Can my child charge meals?
A student with an exhausted or insufficient balance on his or her meal account shall be able to purchase meals for up to five school days.
Students may not charge for a la carte or "extra" items. Meal account purchases and meal account balances can be followed on JISD Parent Center.
What happens if my child has no money and cannot charge a meal?
Top A The student will be offered a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit, and milk. This meal will be offered at no charge to the student. Students with documented peanut allergies will be offered a cheese sandwich, fruit, and milk. 5)
Why do school staff and adult visitors have to pay more for meals than students?
Top A The Child Nutrition department receives federal reimbursement for each student meal served in the district.
We do not receive federal reimbursement for meals sold to school staff and adult visitors and are required to charge more for these meals to cover our costs.
The cost of a school meal is significantly less than what people pay at a restaurant for the same type or amount of food.
Where can I find the breakfast and lunch menus?
Top A The online menus are on the left hand side of the home page of the Child Nutrition website under "Menus & Meal Prices". 7)
What are the nutrient requirements of school meals?
Top A School meals must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, which recommend no more than 30% of calories come from fat and less than 10% from saturated fat.
Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of iron, calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, and calories.
Can I request an alternate meal if my child has a food allergy or disability that limits the types of foods they can safely consume?
Yes. Food modifications for children with disabilities should be coordinated with the Special Education Department to provide the appropriate medical paperwork to the Child Nutrition department.
Alternate meals for children with food allergies are provided at the elementary level due to the limited menu options. Parents need to request a "Special Diet" form from the school nurse or print it from our website. This form must be filled out and signed by the child's physician. The Child Nutrition department will provide an alternative meal based on the selection of appropriate foods available.
Meal prices for these students are the same as regular meals.
Please call the Assistant Director at (210) 945-6720 if you have questions about the menu options.
We are unable to provide alternate meal accommodations for non-medical reasons.
Are the school kitchens inspected by the local health department?
Top A Yes. The school kitchens are required to be inspected twice each school year. You can view inspection results on our website. They are located on the right hand side of our department home page.
Latest inspection results are also posted in each kitchen and with the health department..