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Child Nutrition Services

SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY

Epiphany Prep recognizes the strong relationship between students’ health and learning and is committed to providing an environment where students and staff are supported in making healthy choices for lifelong health.  This wellness policy and corresponding Framework expand upon requirements to offer a truly comprehensive school health model which serves to coordinate the many parts of school health into systemic approach.

The whole school, whole community, whole child (WSCC) approach outlined by the center for disease control and prevention (CDC), comprises ten components including Nutrition Services, Physical Education and Activity, Health Education, Health Services, Safe Physical Environment, Safe Social and Emotional Climate, Counseling, Psychological and social services; staff wellness, family engagement and community involvement.  This Wellness Policy complies with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The Wellness Policy Framework can be found as a hard copy available in the school office.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer

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School Breakfast Program 

Our Breakfast in the Classroom program is a success, the participation in our breakfast program has quadrupled since implementation.  In 2017-2018, our Breakfast Program served approximately 15%-20% of our daily attendance.  Since we implemented Breakfast in the Classroom, we have been serving 80%-85% of the daily attendance.  We are able to serve and have the majority of our students participate in our breakfast program through Breakfast in the Classroom.  We are supporting the equity, health and academic success of our students.

National School Lunch Program 
As with breakfast, we serve lunch to each of our students at no cost. Our lunch menu follows the nutritional guidelines of the National School Lunch Program. 75%-80% of our daily attendance participates in our lunch program.
 

Meals have the following nutritional components:

  • "Whole grain-rich" product
  • Fresh fruit, 100% fruit juice/canned fruit, no sweeteners added
  • Fresh or canned vegetables
  • Dairy products, 1% fat or fat-free
  • Protein or alternative protein option

 

Calorie Limits:

  • Entrée items ≤ 350 calories
  • Snack items ≤ 200 calories

 

Sodium limits:

  • Snack items ≤ 230 mg** °
  • Entrée item ≤ 480 mg

 

Fat limits:

  • Total fat ≤ 35% of calories
  • Saturated fat < 10% of calories
  • Trans fat zero grams

 

Sugar limit:

  • ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
 
 

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program: 

The At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers federal funding to afterschool programs that serve a meal or snack to children in eligible areas. At-Risk Afterschool Care centers provide a much-needed service to their communities by giving children a safe place to go after school. They are provided nutritious food that gives them the energy they need to concentrate on homework and join their friends in physical, educational, and social activities.

 

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP):

Each day during recess, we offer fresh fruits and vegetables to our students at no cost.  Some of the students will get the produce in their classroom and some of them will get the produce where they are located for easy access during recess.

 

Backpack Program:

In collaboration with the San Diego Food Bank, we are able to offer students in need the Backpack Program.  The program allows students to take non-perishable food for the weekend each Friday and take a Family Pack non-perishable food each end of the month.  The program allows food security for those in need.