The Food Service Department of Surry County Public Schools provides nutritionally balanced meals to more than 800 students each day through the United States Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs.
School meals must meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the appropriate age group. School lunch provides approximately one-third of the daily nutritional needs for children and school breakfast provides approximately one-fourth. Regulations establish standards for fat, saturated fat, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories. Although meals must meet federal nutrition requirements, school divisions make decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared.
The National School Lunch Act in 1946 created the modern school lunch program. Schools across this nation serve more than 30 million children each day. The federal laws regulating the school food service programs today are administrated under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Virginia Department of Education. The program has the objective of improving the health of students by providing good, nutritious foods that students will enjoy. Another goal is to encourage and promote nutrition education.
Facts About Our Department:
- Surry School Food Service is a unique department in the Surry County School Division because we are self supporting. We pay for all direct expenses, payroll and administrative costs. No funding comes from Surry County Public Schools general fund.
- $529,558 operating budget
- 9 employees
- 3 sites serving over 130,000 meals a year
- Four lunch entrees offered daily including a daily Chef’s Salad choice.
- Computerized point -of-sale accountability program provides meal sales data, student eligibility and prepayment options, history of what the child has selected to eat and online prepayment options at lunchprepay.com
Access to healthy meals helps our children learn. Surry County Public Schools is dedicated to offering healthy meals every school day. Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, all students in Surry County Public Schools will eat at no charge through the Community Eligibility Program. The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
The federal P-EBT program will operate under new eligibility guidelines for the current school year and benefits will only be issued on a case-by-case basis to students who meet specific criteria, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). P-EBT plans for the 2021-2022 SY have not been finalized. We will post updates as they are received. Thank you for your patience.
P-EBT INFORMATION:P-EBT Retroactive BenefitsA P-EBT payment for October and November combined benefits will be released to existing SNAP EBT and P-EBT cards on March 17, and new cards will be mailed on the same date to arrive in about 10 business days. The combined December and January payment will be released on March 20, in the same manner. The benefit amounts were determined based on VDSS calculations of the state's average number of school days per month from October through January. The fixed benefit per month will be approximately $120 for fully remote and the prorated benefit per month for all hybrid learners will be $60 for the P-EBT R3 January file.P-EBT Call CenterVDSS has staffed a call center exclusively for P-EBT that will be open on Monday, 3/15 after 12 noon. Please direct all household questions and concerns about P-EBT to the call center Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 866-513-1414 or 804-294-1633. Households may also use the online P-EBT inquiry form.Lost or Discarded P-EBT CardsHouseholds that lost or discarded their previous P-EBT card should contact ConnectEBT, not the VDSS call center, at 866-281-2448.
P-EBT Replacement Card Instructions:
Call 1-866-281-2448, logon to https://www.connectebt.com/, or download the ConnectEBT app on a mobile device.
P-EBT card accounts did not use the parent/guardian's Social Security Number (SSN) or the parent/guardian's date of birth (DOB). When P-EBT households use the automated system, (phone, website, or mobile app) to request a replacement card or access account information, they should use the following information at each step.
- "Enter P-EBT card number" - for replacement card, bypass by pressing "2" to use personal information.
- "Enter primary cardholder's SSN" - all PEBT cardholders must enter 000000000, not their own SSN.
- "Enter primary cardholders DOB" - all P-EBT cardholders should enter the oldest student's DOB, if there was more than one student's benefits on the card. It is the same student DOB that was used to PIN the card.
- "Enter PIN" - PEBT cardholders should enter the PIN of the card they are seeking to replace.
LETTER TO HOUSEHOLDS
- Letter to Households (SSO CEP-Divisionwide)(2021-2022)
- Letter to Households-Spanish (SSO CEP-Divisionwide)(2021-2022)
- PEBT Info for First Time Users
CIVIL RIGHTS POSTER
MEAL DELIVERY OPT OUT / PICK-UP FORMS
SNACKS AND CELEBRATIONS
- Smart Snack Brochure (USDA)
- Non-Food Ideas for Birthday Celebrations for Schools
- Healthy Celebration Ideas (USDA)
- Health School Celebrations
- Celebrations That Support Child Health (Alliance for a Healthier Generation)
- Healthy Food Ideas - Snacks, Celebrations and Family Events