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FREE Breakfast & Lunch Meals Available For All Children Under 18

FREE Breakfast & Lunch Meals Available For All Children Under 18

Brown County Schools Serving locations:

Drive Thru or Curbside Pick Up Meal Services in front of the following schools:

Brown County High Schools, 235 South School House Lane Sprunica Elementary School, 3611 East Sprunica Road Helmsburg Elementary School, 5378 North Helmsburg Road Van Buren Elementary School, 4045 South State Road 135

DATES & TIMES DETAILS April 1, 2020 Thru June 30, 2020 Breakfast and Lunch Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00am to 2:00pm DETAILS 1 Breakfast & 1 Lunch for each child. No ID or paperwork required   ***Please note: Dates, times, and details are subject to change at anytimes***

Food Service Program during COVID-19 Shutdown

Food Service Program during COVID-19 Shutdown
Here are a few clarifications regarding our food service program for the March 23 thru May 1: 1. Anyone can pick up meals for any of our children. If you want to pick up meals for a neighbor/friend, you are more than welcome to do so. When you register, all we need is the total number of students. An example: You have two (2) children and one attends VBES and one attends BCIS. You have a few neighbors/friends who want you to pick up meals for their children. There are 6 total neighbor/friend children. You want to pick all of the meals up at VBES. You will mark VBES on the registration form and put 8 in the total number needed. Easy! 2. Please understand that the meals you receive on the 23rd might not be as high quality as those that you will receive throughout the food service. This is because our food service teams will not have been in their kitchens since last Friday. We will do the very best we can! 3. If you have any questions about the program, please don't hesitate to contact me at 812-988-6601 X1101 or by email: 4. We are trying to reach as many families as we can through this method - please share the news with your friends and family.     Please sign up for meals here:  

Building for the Future with CACFP

Building for the Future with CACFP
Brown County Schools and Chartwells are proud to partner together and introduce the Child and Adult Care Food Program at your child’s local school. This program will replace the After-school snack program and provide a balanced, nutritious well-rounded meal that will include fruits, veggies, grains, proteins, and dairy that meets the USDA and Myplate guidelines. Sponsoring Locations:                                          Indiana Department of Education:                                   Sprunica Elementary School                                        CACFP Staff Helmsburg Elementary School                                    School & Community Nutrition Van Buren Elementary School                                     115 West Washington Street BC Intermediate School                                                 South Tower, Suite 600Indianapolis IN 46204   Contact Information: Don Hymer or Jason Kirchhofer @ 8121-988-5423  ext. 1137/1135   This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Attention Parents! The after-school snack program is changing…………

Attention Parents!            The after-school snack program is changing…………
What does this mean?     Brown County Schools have chosen to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a USDA sponsored program that serves after school meals to students. When school is out and parents are still at work, children need a safe place to be with their friends, with structured activities, supportive adults, and good nutrition. After-school programs that participate in CACFP give children the nutrition they need, and draw them into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning. How does it work?      Any child under 18 will now be served a balanced meal at after school care that will typically consist of a sandwich, piece of fruit, milk, and a vegetable. This will all come as one “package” …like a sack lunch.  
  • Kids are encouraged, but are not required to take a meal.
  • Kids can choose to eat all, some, or none of the meal. All we ask is that your student place unwanted items on the share table.
  • Kids are welcome to take a fruit and vegetable home if they so choose.
  • Any school extracurricular activities are encouraged to participate in this program.
What if my child has allergies or dietary needs? The food service department has taken the specific needs of each child at every participating school into account and are happy to address any specific questions or concerns.   Call Don Hymer, Director of Food Service or Jason Kirchhofer, Assistant Director @ 812-988-5423 More questions about the CACFP program, please visit the website below: Information about the WIC program, please visit the website below:

E-Funds Step-by-Step Guide for Parents

E-Funds Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
  1. Visit the website that was provided to you by your school   Site:
  2. Click on Create an Account.
  3. Provide Requested Information.
  4. Click Create Account.
  1. Log into your account.
  2. Select Manage Students under Manage Account.
  3. Enter student Last Name and Family or Student ID#.
  4. Select Add Student(s).
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 to add additional students
  1. Log into your Account
  2. Select Payment Methods under Payment Settings.
  3. Select New Credit Card or New Direct Debit to add new payment
  4. After entering all required information, read Consent and select Add to save information to
  1. Select type of payment you would like to
  2. Select
  3. Enter amount of
  4. Select Begin Checkout.
  5. Choose payment method or enter new
  6. Review items and
  7. Select Pay Now.

Apply for a cafeteria position at Brown County Schools

Apply for a cafeteria position at Brown County Schools
Follow these steps to apply for a cafeteria position at Brown County Schools.
  1. Go to-
  2. Click on Hourly
  3. Click on search location and enter zip code 47448
  4. Find Brown County Schools and click on apply now button 
  5. Click on create account
  6. Fill out the application and click submit 
                                                                                                                                       Please note you will be notified by email of the next step.  

Do you want to see the menu on your phone? Download the Nutrislice App to your Smartphone.

Do you want to see the menu on your phone? Download the Nutrislice App to your Smartphone.

How to download the Nutrslice  app to your phone:

The best place to get Android/iPhone apps is the Play Store. Odds are you already have a Google account set up which is associated with your Play Store account. Steps:
  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Find the app you want to download by browsing or search for the app using the Search tab.
  3. Once you've found the app you want to download.
  4. Add it to  your home screen.

Lunch Box: Simple tips and tricks that can help parents and kids alike pack pathogen-free lunches.

Lunch Box: Simple tips and tricks that can help parents and kids alike pack pathogen-free lunches.

Number one on the list? Handwashing It’s the first step in avoiding foodborne illnesses. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, a recent study by the USDA found that 97 percent of the times study participants should have washed their hands, they did not do so correctly — or at all. Poor hand hygiene by those participants led to cross-contamination of refrigerator handles, spice containers, other foods, and areas of their kitchens.

Additionally, STOP Foodborne Illness reminds parents that “seeing you in the habit of washing your hands before and after preparing or eating food is an invaluable safety lesson for your child.” It also provides an opportunity to explain the importance of proper handwashing to prevent food poisoning. Sometimes the phrase “foodborne illness” is not fully understood by children, so using the term food poisoning can make a stronger impression.

Other food safety measures related to washing include:

  • Packing wet wipes in lunch bags and boxes for use before and after eating;
  • Washing and separating fresh fruits and veggies in plastic containers to keep them away from other foods;
  • Making sure lunch boxes are regularly cleaned and sanitized by washing them each day before packing the next day’s lunch;
  • Encouraging your child to avoid putting food directly on tables by packing a paper towel or some wax paper they can use instead;
  • Explaining the “5-second” myth by teaching your child that when any food touches the floor it needs to be thrown away;
  • Keep all surfaces you’re working on clean, too, because bacteria can live on surfaces for up to 32 hours, making it easy to contaminate sandwich bread or lunch meat.
Temperature does matter At room temperature, bacteria in food can double every 20 minutes. The infamous “Danger Zone” is the temperature range from 40 degrees F to 140 degrees F where bacteria grows rapidly. This can be prevented by using an insulated lunch bag or cooler with freezer packs for lunches that contain perishable food items like lunch meat, eggs, cheese or yogurt.

Here are some simple tips to help keep cold food safe at 40 degrees F or below until lunch time:

  • Use at least two cold sources: ice packs are inexpensive items vital for keeping cold foods cold. You can pick them up for about $1 each;
  • Use an insulated lunch box: Hard-sided or soft, this helps keep cold foods cold until it’s time to eat them. Food safety experts agree that this is a must-have item, and the best option is one with an insulated lining and a pocket for a thin freezer pack;
  • Freeze drinks before packing — frozen milk, juice boxes and water bottles will help keep the drinks cold, along with other cold foods you’ve packed. Frozen beverages will melt during morning classes and be ready to drink by lunch; and
  • Toss leftovers — If not eaten at lunchtime, let your child know to throw away perishables like meat, poultry, or sandwiches. Unopened, room-temperature-safe foods and uneaten fruit can be kept to eat later.
Here are tips to keep hot food safe at 140 degrees F or above:
  • Use insulated containers — If packing a hot lunch, like soup, chili, stew or even mac and cheese, use an insulated container to keep it hot. Tell children to keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime;
  • Pack hot foods while hot — Don’t wait for hot foods to cool down before packing because it will put them in the Danger Zone. Instead, pour piping hot foods like soups immediately into an insulated thermos. Preheat your thermos by filling it with boiling water, letting it sit for a few minutes, pouring out the water, and then adding hot food;
  • Use an insulated lunch box — Just like keeping cold foods cold, an insulated lunch box will also help keep hot foods hot until it’s time to eat them.
  • Toss perishable food — Tell children to discard all leftover heated food when lunchtime is over.
In addition to packing food that needs to be kept cold or hot, pack some room-temperature-safe foods. Not all foods need temperature control to be safe. Peanut butter, jelly, cookies, crackers, chips, dried fruit, and certain whole fruits (bananas, apples, and oranges) can be eaten safely at room temperature. When packing fruits like apples with skins that’ll be eaten, be sure you’ve washed them first. STOP Foodborne Illness has also compiled some food safety tips for kids who eat lunch served by their school cafeterias, rather than taking lunch to school. The non-profit group, founded by parents of children who were victims of food poisoning, urges people to discuss good food safety habits with their kids regardless whether they eat home-packed lunches or those served by school cafeterias. Those habits include:
  • Washing their hands. Your child should wash his/her hands before and after they eat.
  • Avoid putting food on tables. Keep it on the plate, or put a napkin or paper towel on the table.
  • Check for undercooked food. For instance, if hamburger meat looks raw or pink, tell your child to not eat it.
  • Check for food that looks spoiled. For instance, if vegetables or fruits are wilting, have mold, or look discolored, your child shouldn’t eat them.
Not eating lunch at school? Keep lunch at home safe on the weekend by following the USDA’s “Food Safety Basics”
  • Clean: Wash hands with soap and warm water, and surfaces with soap and hot water before and after handling food. Rinse raw produce in water before eating, cutting or cooking.
  • Separate: Avoid spreading bacteria from one food product to another. Use two separate cutting boards — one for raw meat and poultry, and one for produce or ready to eat foods.
  • Cook: The only way to make sure meat and poultry is safe to eat is to ensure it reaches the safe minimum internal temperature needed to destroy harmful bacteria. If sending soups, stews or chili to school, be sure to heat the food to 165 degrees F, as measured by a food thermometer, before pouring it into an insulated container.
  • Chill: To avoid the growth of dangerous bacteria, make sure to chill all perishable foods within two hours — one hour in temperatures above 90 degrees F. Discard any perishable foods that were left at room temperature longer than that.

Summer Meals

Summer Meals
Summer break for many students is a time to kick back, play outside, and hang out with friends. For a significant portion of public school students in the United States, however, the end of school also brings a familiar question—what's for lunch? During the school year, about 30.3 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches at their public schools. But in the summer, only 2.6 million of those students receive a free or reduced lunch. That's fewer than 10 percent. Brown County Schools are giving FREE meals to kids and teens age 18 and under .These healthy meals based on USDA nutrition guidelines. • Its a fun, safe place for kids and teens • Help families save money • No application or proof of income needed • Meals are prepared and sponsored by Brown County Schools’ Food Services Department /Meals will be available Monday through Friday May 31th through July 29th at these locations* (not serving the week of July 4th): Brown County High School Eagle’s Café Breakfast: 9:30am-10:00am Lunch: 11:00am-12:30pm Brown County YMCA 11:20am-11:45am