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Food Service

The Portage Township Schools food service department serves nutritious and delicious meals to the students and staff of our schools. Nutrition has a direct impact on student learning, so we make it our mission to ensure all students have access to breakfast and lunch every day. Full stomachs lead to full minds!
Breakfast and lunch menus are updated regularly on Titan. Click here to view our district menus; select your child's school from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
 
While it is our intention to serve the posted menu each day at every school, recent supply chain issues have necessitated that we alter school menus with little notice. Our priority continues to be supporting the nutritional needs of our students, and we will always attempt to substitute the scheduled menu items with another that is as similar as possible. We are dedicated to continuing to provide wholesome meals for every student every day.
MEAL SUBSTITUTIONS FOR MEDICAL OR SPECIAL DIETARY REASONS
 
USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 15b requires substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in food when that need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed physician.
 
In Cases of Food Allergy
Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as defined under either Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA, and the school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them. However, when in the licensed physician's assessment, food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child's condition would meet the definition of "disability," and the substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician must be made.
 
School food service may make food substitutions, at the discretion, for individual children who do not have a disability, but who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need. Such determinations are only made on a case-by-case basis. This provision covers those children who have food intolerances or allergies, but do not have life-threatening reactions (anaphylactic reactions) when exposed to the food(s) to which they have problems.
 
Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs
Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the requested food substitution and must be signed by a recognized medical authority. The Medical Statement must include:
  • An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition which restricts the child's diet;
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child's diet; and
  • the food or choice of foods to be substituted.
 
If we do not receive a medical statement from a recognized medical authority, your child will receive a regular lunch tray. Medical statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted.
 
Free Meals for All Students in 2021-2022
The USDA will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. All Portage Township Schools students, regardless of free/reduced meal eligibility, are able to receive one breakfast and one lunch each school day at no cost to our families. Students may purchase a la carte or additional menu items for an added cost. Families can continue to use our Titan site to manage your child's meal account.
 
Online Payments
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Manage your child's account through Titan. Online payment are a simple, safe, and secure way to make payments to your child's account 24 hours a day at your convenience. Please be advised that payments may take up to 24 hours to post to your child's online account.
 
Send Check or Cash
Families are welcome to bring money to your child's school or send it in with your child. Please place it in an envelope marked clearly with your child's name, their student ID number (located in PowerSchool), their teacher's name, the dollar amount, and the check number. Prepaid deposits may be turned into the school office or cafeteria cashiers.
 
Transferring Funds/Refunds
Fund Transfers: Families may transfer funds from one child to another in Titan. This is an excellent option for families with a child who has graduated and others who are still enrolled in the district.
Refunds: Refunds from your child's Titan account must be requested and issued through the PTS Food Service Department. Please call (219)763-8008 to request a refund.
Applications for free/reduced meals may be completed in Titan. Once your applications has been submitted, you can view the status of your application in Titan. Free/reduced meal applications must be completed each school year.
 
Remember: Free/reduced meal applications can qualify you for a number of school-based services and programs! Always submit an application for free/reduced meals each year.
 
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Nutrition is for Everyone!
 
The winning recipe for a healthy lifestyle includes a combination of both good nutrition and physical activity. Your body needs a variety of nutrient rich foods to grow and prevent illness. And your body also needs to move and exercise every day.
 
  • Key things you need to know about leading a healthy lifestyle are:
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grain products
  • Control portion sizes and never "supersize"
  • Get active for at least 60 minutes, five times a week for ages 6-18
  • Avoid tobacco and illegal drugs all together
 
Well-nourished students have higher test scores, increased school attendance, improved concentration, and improved classroom behavior. Students who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle the physical and emotional challenges that they encounter during the day.
 
 
Proper nutrition in the school age years can reinforce lifelong eating habits that contribute to a student's overall well being. This will help them to grow and learn to their fullest potential and then go on to lead a long, healthy life. Click on the links below to see how you can form good nutrition habits.
 
Click on the link above to see how learning about nutrition is not only good for you but is also a lot of fun. Play the games and test your skill. Choosing the right foods can help you learn better, play harder, and have a lot more energy.
 
This teachers section includes a collection of teaching tools that reinforce our district's Wellness Policy, incorporating nutrition lessons into classroom curriculum. Click on the link above to find lessons, Power Points, links, and other resources to complement nutrition in the classroom.
 
We have put together some learning tools and resources to help you promote fitness and nutrition at home. We want to help you encourage and reinforce lifelong nutrition and fitness practices that will support healthy lifestyles for you and your children. Click the link above to learn more.
Food Finder is a food pantry locator and 501(c)(3) nonprofit that show you when and where to get free food assistance in your area. The map on the homepage is a map of food pantries and school meal locations - every pin that appears is a food assistance program nearby. Click here to visit their website and find food assistance programs in our area.
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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866)632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington D.C 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202)690-7442; or
 
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Portage Township Schools Food Service Department
6270 U.S. Highway 6
Portage, IN 46368
(219)763-8008
 
Dawn Kelley
Director of Food Services
(219)764-6277
 
Kelly Pennington
Quality Assurance Manager
(219)764-6278
 
Linda O'Hara
Operations Coordinator
(219)764-6281
 
Liz Atherton
Free & Reduced Clerk/Receptionist
(219)764-6279
 
Amanda Palmer
Accounting Specialist
(219)764-6280