Because Tiffin City Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program, the district must follow federal and state guidelines, including rules regarding a la carte food and beverages allowed for sale in schools. Only items that meet the criteria guidelines are offered.
This year, according to Jan Beard, director of Tiffin City Schools Food Service Department, more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and only nonfat flavored milk and 1-percent white milk are to be offered. The department has incorporated more dark green and red/orange vegetables and beans and legumes in its menus.
Free and reduced-price school meals applications that must be filled out yearly are due by Wednesday. Only one application is needed per family. Parents or guardians are to receive a notification letter from the school concerning status within 10 working days. Families that received a direct certification letter from the district in early August do not have to complete an application.
The district also offers a school breakfast program at all schools. The meals cost $1.25; for those who qualify for a reduced price, breakfast costs 30 cents. The breakfast program starts at 7:30 a.m.
Questions concerning the food service department can be directed to (419) 447-5768.