FAQ’s about the Eastern Aroostook RSU 39

School Nutrition Program



Why do we have the Lunch Program?


The primary purpose of the National School Lunch Program, as originally stated by Congress in 1946, is to safeguard the health and well being of the Nation’s children.


Who regulates the Lunch Program?


The United States Department of Agriculture establishes regulations as recommended by Congress for all school meal programs.  Schools are reviewed by Maine’s Department of Education every three years for compliance with USDA regulations and every year by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Inspector.


Why do adults pay more for meals?


All school meals served to children are subsidized.  Federal regulations require adults be charged actual meal cost plus the value of commodities. 


Do cooks have special training?


State law requires someone in the food service program be certified in food handling.  Training in all areas of food service is also provided to kitchen staff throughout the year. 


Why can’t I walk through the kitchen?


The Maine Food Code states that: “persons unnecessary to the food establishment operation are not allowed in the kitchen”.  Food service employees and other persons, such as delivery and maintenance, comply with this code. 


Can I help myself to the salad bar?


Customer actions and habits create the potential for food contamination in salad bars.  Sneeze guards and utensils must be used on salad bars.  Eating from the salad bar is not permitted.