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Account Recognition and Debit System
SMCS Food Service uses a computerized debit system, allowing advance payment for meals. In 2016, St. Mary Catholic Schools implemented a new component to expedite lunchtime lines in school cafeterias. This account recognition system uses each student’s finger and its image to uniquely identify him or her. The program does not store the students’ fingerprints. Rather, it creates a mathematical representation of the finger, which is transformed by an algorithm to create an authorization code. Students simply place their finger on the reader and indicate their lunch preference, and their lunch choices are recorded to their personal accounts.
Benefits to students include having more time to enjoy their lunches rather than waiting in a long line, and not having to remember a PIN. In addition, it facilitates more accurate recording of account activity, and parents are able to continue with the familiar method of adding funds to each student’s account.
Free and Reduced Lunch
St. Mary Catholic Schools participates in the federal free and reduced lunch program for qualified families. The guidelines are published annually, and applications are available through the school offices, through food service employees and on this website.
Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity if they feel they may be eligible. To learn more, read the Frequently Asked Questions flyer and then follow the instructions to complete the application, located on our Forms page.
St. Mary Catholic Schools manages two kitchen gardens, one located at St. Gabriel Elementary School and the other at St. Mary Catholic Middle School. A tower garden has also been added at the high school and is being managed by the school’s EARTH Club. These gardens are planted and maintained by food service personnel with some help from students. The gardens yield enough vegetables and fruits to supplement our lunch rooms’ salad bars and vegetable offerings, with enough extra to be frozen for later use.
Health and Wellness Policy
SMCS Food Service participates in the National School Lunch Program, and all menus meet nutrition standards established by the USDA. We provide healthy, quality school meals, and aim to offer a variety of options that are both nutritious and appealing to students.
We do not allow ‘fast food’ to be brought into the school. Instead of traditional pre-determined meals, students are able to choose from our many different nutritious items, which they can combine to form meals they will enjoy.
SMCS has developed a health and wellness committee which put forth our Health and Wellness Policy.
Overdue Balance Policy
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, SMCS implemented a revised policy for addressing overdue balances on food service accounts, which is compliant with USDA regulations.
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Neenah, WI 54956
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