11/1/2023- In early October, the Food and Nutrition Service Department (FNS) was notified by our dairy provider of a nationwide milk carton shortage. Whereas in the past we would serve 3-4 varieties of milk, we are currently down to 2 varieties (1% white and Skim Chocolate).
Projections have the dairy running out of chocolate containers by the first week of November. All efforts are being made to continue to have 1% white milk available until all other varieties come back in stock around the first of the year.
FNS will continue to work with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service to provide approved alternative beverage choices, most likely juice and water, for meals going forward.
-Mike Baker, Director
ALL students are issued a personal identification number (PIN) for their meal account. The PIN will remain the same for their entire time at Valley Ridge.
At $0 balance, no a la carte purchases are permitted. Any debt must be paid before a la carte purchases can be made.
Restrictions can be placed on your child’s account at any time throughout the year. Once restrictions are placed, they cannot be removed unless the parent provides the food service manager with a letter asking for the restrictions to be removed.
We accept cash or check here at Valley Ridge. We do ask that you please write your child’s first and last name, at least one phone number, preferably two phone numbers on the memo line of the check.
MEAL PRICES for 2023-2024
Elementary School Breakfast $1.75
Middle & High School Breakfast $1.75
Reduced Price Breakfast $0.30
Elementary School Lunch $3.25
Middle & High School Lunch $3.50
Reduced Price Lunch $0.40
*K-8 Students can purchase Papa John’s pizza on Monday’s. This is an A la carte item and the cost is $2.00 per slice.
Prepayments into student lunch accounts can be made by using PayPams. The link to this service is located at https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/food/paypams/.
If you have questions, please contact the Student Nutrition Services Department at 904-547-8931.
Prepayment is HIGHLY encouraged as it assists in movement of students through the line faster.
Low Balance Email Notification and Automatic Payments
From the Food Service Dashboard, on the right side of each student’s row you can manage your student’s funds including setting up automatic payments or email notifications. At the top of the manage funds section you can see your last payment, as well as the current low balance action that you have set up. To edit your low balance action click “Details” and do the following:
- Select a threshold (Balance amount at which you want your selected action to occur)
- Select the action “Send Email” or “Automatic Payment”
- If you select “Automatic Payment” you will be asked to select the amount you would like to AutoPay and also the account you would like to AutoPay from.
- Save your changes
If your child has food allergies, please provide the school nurse with a physician’s note indicating the allergies and the appropriate substitutions that are recommended by the physician or medical authority.
Account Balances, either positive or negative, from the previous school year will roll into the new school year unless a refund has been requested. Balances will also follow your child to another school as long as the school is still in St. Johns County.
Free and Reduced Meal Application can be completed online by going to:
Parents can complete the online Free and Reduced lunch application by using this link https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/food/free/
Your student’(s) meal status (free or reduced) at the end of a school year will continue through the first 30 days of the next school year. Unless a new Family Meal Application has been processed and approved by the 30th day of school, your student’(s) meal status will revert to PAID. You may complete a lunch application at any time during the school year.
The food service manager’s (Daisy Morales) hours are 6:00am to 2:00pm. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions, concerns or comments. Daisy Morales or 904.547.4100