2005-10-27 / Top Stories

Dept. Of Ed. Will Launch School Meal Applications Campaign

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has announced a new outreach campaign to encourage parents and students to submit school meal applications and help children take advantage of free and reduced-price meals in their schools. The outreach campaign includes public seervice ads that features New York Jets Safety Erik Coleman informing students to “Feed Your Mind” by eating healthily and staying fit, a sweepstakes for parents and students who submit the school meal applications, and information for parents and students about the ongoing nutritional reforms taking place in public school cafeterias, where a variety of healthy meals are now included on the menu, throughout the city. Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm joined Jets quarterback Jay Fiedler and I.S. 109 students in Queens Village for the announcement.

“Our upgraded nutritional guidelines are serving as a model for school systems across the country,” Grimm said. “Children who eat properly are better able to learn and I encourage all parents to complete the 1041 form so that we may continue to provide more and more of our students with nutritious, delicious meals daily in our schools.”

“Whether I’m driving our team down the field for a touchdown or cracking a textbook, I’ve always been at my best after having a good breakfast and lunch,” Fiedler said. “I want to encourage all students to take advantage of a great meal at school.”

The 1041 forms are essential for determining federal reimbursement for the expenses of providing meals in school each day, as well as for determining Title I funding for schools and student eligibility for SES services.

Over the next several weeks, principals, teachers, and parent coordinators in the city schools will remind parents and students to return the school meal applications.

Forms are available at all New York City public schools and on-line at www.opt-osfns.org.

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