Q: What happens to the money that is collected from the lunch program?
A: The school lunch program is 100% self-sufficient, meaning that it is not supported by the school department budget or tax dollars. The revenue that is collected from the sale of lunches pays the department's expenses for food, salaries, supplies, and equipment.

Q: Who plans the school lunch menus?
A: The menus are planned by Emily Murphy, the Director of Nutrition Services, and Jen Tuttelman, Assistant Director of Nutrition Services.

Q: Can schools serve any food they want?
A: The menus must meet the new USDA meal pattern standards, based on the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Needham menus voluntarily have met higher nutrition standards than required.

Q: What can I do if my child has a food allergy?
A: Talk to the school nurse first. We get allergy information from the nurses. Look on our webpage for Food Allergies and read the documents. You can call Jen Tuttelman, RD at (781) 455-0400 x11237 to discuss ingredients in particular menu items.

Q: How can I prepay for my child's lunches?
A: By check or online. Click on the link, Lunch Payment System, on the sidebar for information about our computerized payment system.

Q: Can I pay on line?
A: Yes! You will need to register on the Meal Magic Family Portal. You must use an email that is currently associated with your child(ren)'s PowerSchool and Meal Magic accounts. You will also need your child(ren)'s 5-digit online payment ID # which was provided to you prior to school. You can also obtain this number on the PowerSchool parent portal, through your school secretary or from the Nutrition Services Department.
Q: If my child is just an occasional lunch buyer, can I still prepay for lunches?
A: Yes. Any prepaid monies into the system will be honored into the next school year.

Q: Can I see what my child is buying?
A: Yes. Once you've registered on the Meal Magic Family Portal you will be able to view your child(ren)'s meal account.
Q: Does Needham School District have a Wellness Policy?
A: Yes. Please click on "Nutrition and Wellness" to access the policy.
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