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MENUS for the 2017-2018 School Year

January 2018 Breakfast.pdf

January 2018 Lunch Menu.pdf


Breakfast will be served each school day from 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. Parents may send one check for all family members for the breakfast and lunch meal costs.  All meals must be paid for in advance. Information from nutrition Services will be sent to each household prior to the start of school and payments to family accounts can be made at any time.

Meal costs: 

Breakfast Lunch Milk
Pre-K-12   $1.50 Pre-K-2   $2.25 $0.40
Adults   $2.00 3-6   $2.35  
  7-12   $2.65  
  Adults   $3.50  


Dear Parents:

The "Cardinal Diner" is the food service division of the Doniphan-Trumbull Public School. Our main office is located at 302 W. Plum. We employ 6 people.  The Cardinal Diner operates within guidelines set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Child Nutrition Program administered by the State of Nebraska Department of Education. Therefore, our food service programs are governed by federal and state regulations as well as our local guidelines.

I encourage all parents/guardians to eat breakfast/lunch with your student at school. We appreciate and welcome your comments, questions, and support. We hope to see you!

Remember -- School Lunch is Cool!

Cardinal Diner
302 W. Plum
Doniphan Nebraska 68832




The district shall comply with all state and federal laws applying to providing free and reduced meals under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and other related federal grant programs.


Free or Reduced Meals Eligibility

Families of students enrolled in the district who wish to qualify for free or reduced price meals may submit an application on or after July 1 for the current school year.  If the financial situation of a household changes during the school year, they may submit a new application to become eligible.  Applications are available at the Central Administrative Office of the school building.


Meal Charges

The written meal charge policy and guidelines shall be in place before the beginning of each school year and parents shall be advised of the available payment systems and meal prices.  The district will encourage pre-payment of meal balances but the district must include a method for adding funds during the school day such as cash payments at the school office.  All balances remaining in accounts shall carry over to the next month.  Balances of households qualifying for free or reduced meals with funds remaining in the account at the end of the school year shall receive a refund.  The district shall attempt to contact the household of any student transferring out or graduating from the district to return any unused funds remaining in the student’s account.  The district may set varying meal charge guidelines for students of different grade levels including charges relating to alternate meals, ala carte items and limits on charges that a parent may set for a student’s daily lunch expenditures. 


School Meal Program and Meal Charges


Meal Program.  The school district will make a school meal program available to students.  The cost of the program will be determined by the board of education so as to make the program as nearly self-supporting as possible.  With board approval, the district may contract with a private company or corporation for the management and/or provision of the program. 


The district will notify the families with children attending school of the current guidelines for free or reduced-price school meals.  A copy of the complete regulations and procedures regarding reduced-price and free meals shall be available in the office of the superintendent.


Meal Charge Policy.  The district will notify students and their families of the policy for Charged Meals, meaning meals received by a student when the student does not have money in hand or in his or her food account.  This policy applies to students who receive meals at the free, reduced, or full rates. 


Notice of this policy must be provided in writing to all households at the start of each school year and to households that transfer to the school during the school year.  Notice may be provided through the student handbook, student registration materials, online portal used to access student accounts, direct mailing or e-mail, newsletter, the district website, and/or any other appropriate means.  Notice of this policy will also be provided all school staff responsible for the enforcement of it, including food service professionals responsible for collecting payment for meals at the point of service, staff involved in notifying families of low or negative balances, and other staff involved in enforcing any aspect of this policy.


The district’s policy on charged meals is:


If a student has no funds available to pay for a meal, the student will be provided and charged for up to five limited “courtesy meals,” such as a plain sandwich. Thereafter, if a student has no funds available to pay for a meal, no food will be provided.


Students who qualify for free meals will not be denied a reimbursable meal, even if they have accrued a negative balance from other food purchases.  School staff may prohibit any students from charging a la carte or extra items if they do not have cash in hand or their account has a negative balance. 


If a student repeatedly lacks funds to purchase a meal, has not brought a meal from home, and is not enrolled in a free meal program, the district will use its resources and contacts to protect the health and safety of the student. Failure or refusal of parents or guardians to provide meals for students may require mandatory reporting to child protection agencies as required by law.


Collection of Delinquent Meal Charge Debt


The school district is required to make reasonable efforts to collect unpaid meal charges.  The building principal or his or her designee will contact households about unpaid meal charges and notify them again of the availability of the free and reduced meal program and/or establish payment plans and due dates by telephone, e-mail, or other written or oral communication.  If these collection efforts are unsuccessful, the school district may pursue any other methods to collect delinquent debt as allowed by law.  

Collection efforts may continue into a new school year.


In the event that the Nebraska Department of Education develops a state-level meal charge policy, it shall supersede that portion of this policy.



School Wellness Policy

A mission of Doniphan-Trumbull Public Schools (“District”) is to provide curriculum, instruction, and experiences in a health-promoting school environment to instill habits of lifelong learning and health. Therefore, the Board adopts the following School Wellness Policy.

D-T School Wellness Policy BP 541.7





The information provided by families on the free and reduced price application will be used only for determining eligibility for meal or milk benefits and verification of eligibility.  Only staff members and organizations carrying out the activities of the School Lunch Act shall have access to this information.


The district should use methods of lunch payment systems such as pre-payment to avoid openly identifying children who qualify for free or reduced meals.  Meal cards, tickets, tokens or other methods of payment must not be coded or colored to identify such status.


Policy Communication

This policy will be provided to all households at the start of each school year and to households that transfer to the district during the school year.


This policy will also be provided annually to all district staff responsible for enforcing the policy including food service professionals.  Staff members such as counselors, school nurses, homeless liaisons, and others assisting students in need should also be informed of the policy.


The district will maintain documentation of the annual distribution of this policy.


It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to implement this policy.


Legal Reference:          42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq.

                                    7 C.F.R. §§ 210 et seq.

                                    USDA Unpaid Meal Charges, SP 46-2016, 47-2016 and 57-2016.


Cross Reference:         504.19 Student Fees

Revised ___June 14, 2017_





The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to them by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov .

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6139 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


If you have any questions about the Nutrition Services Program you are welcome to call Erin Gastmann, Cafeteria Manager @ (402) 845-2181.

Cafeteria staff: 

    Manager-Erin Gastmann

    Cooks -  Elaine Caraway, Peg Kroeger, Patti Anderson, Teana Rainforth and Nance Griffiths.


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