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Cardinal Ritter Cafeteria Information

Welcome to the Cardinal Ritter Cafeteria! As we begin this 2022-2023 school year, the CRHS Cafeteria is proud to announce that we provide a wide variety of healthy and nutritious choices in our breakfast and lunch lines every day!

Join Us for Breakfast!
We are thrilled to announce that breakfast will be served daily from 7:15 AM – 7:45 AM. The breakfast program is available to all students including those participating in the Free and Reduced Meal Program.

  • Reduced breakfast cost $.30 
  • Regular breakfast cost is $1.75
  • Reduced lunch cost $.40
  • Paid lunch cost is $3.45
  • Fresh fruit, 100% juice, and milk are also offered with each breakfast

Charging Policies
Students will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items if their account has a negative balance. Please note that NO STUDENT WILL EVER BE DENIED A FULL, NUTRITIOUS MEAL DUE TO DEBT. However, students will not be allowed to purchase items from the snack shack if they are in debt. Once a student reaches a high debt amount, they may be given two Uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetable, and white milk until the debt has been paid. Effective 02/01/2020, any additional entrees obtained by students with a negative balance will appear as an adjustment on the student’s lunch account balance for the total value of the extra entrees (currently $1.50 each). 

Volunteer in the Cafeteria!
If any parent is looking for volunteer hours for the school year, you are able to utilize your volunteer hours in the cafeteria. We are always happy to have parents come and join us for a day in the kitchen! It is a unique opportunity to see what a joy it is serving the students and faculty!

MealTime Information
Similar to a bank account, your student will use their own personal account to purchase all items from the cafeteria. You do not need to “open an account” for your student. Each student enrolled at Cardinal Ritter already has an active account assigned to them. MealTime Procedures | Lunch Menu | MealTime Flyer | MealTime FAQs

Request a Balance Reminder
It is very easy to overlook or lose track of your student’s cafeteria account balance. If you would like to receive balance reminders, please e-mail the Cafeteria Director. Please include your name, your student’s name, and the e-mail address that you wish to have in my database.

Free and Reduced Lunch
Families can apply to be on free and reduced lunch. It is never too late to apply for this program. Families MUST use the 2022-2023 application. Please contact our Cafeteria Director at .

Cardinal Ritter High School’s Wellness Policies on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Mental Health
Adapted from The Model School Wellness Policies as encouraged by The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity.

Whereas, children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive;
Whereas, good health fosters student attendance and education;
Whereas obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity;
Whereas heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood;
Whereas 33% of high school students do not participate in sufficient vigorous physical activity and 72% of high school students do not attend daily physical education classes;
Whereas, only 2% of children (2 to 19 years) eat a healthy diet consistent with the five main recommendations from the Food Guide Pyramid;
Whereas, nationally, the items most commonly sold from school vending machines, school stores, and snack bars include low-nutrition foods and beverages, such as soda, sports drinks, imitation fruit juices, chips, candy, cookies, and snack cakes;
Whereas, school districts around the country are facing significant fiscal and scheduling constraints;
Whereas, in Indiana 29% of High School students (grades 9-12) are expressing depressive symptoms;
Whereas one half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14;
Whereas one half of youth ages 8-15 with a mental illness did not receive health services in the previous year;
Whereas, learning outside has shown to reduce behavioral problems in children
Whereas, being outside has been shown to increase creativity;
Whereas, physical activity has been shown to increase cognitive learning and memory;
Whereas, community participation is essential to the development and implementation of successful school wellness policies;
Thus, Cardinal Ritter is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and encourages their ability to learn by supporting healthy eating, physical activity, mental well-being, and spiritual growth.

Therefore, it is the policy of Cardinal Ritter:

  • Cardinal Ritter will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school-wide nutrition, physical activity, and mental health policies.
  • All students in grades 7-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Qualified professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
  • To the maximum extent practicable, our school will participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program [including after-school snacks], Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program).
  • Cardinal Ritter will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Cardinal Ritter will provide all students with the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith and to practice the faith, while at the same time respecting the history and practice of non-Catholic faiths.
  • All students will have access to licensed health care professionals, a licensed social worker, and guidance counselors on a daily basis.

If any other questions or concerns should arise at any point during the year, please do not hesitate to call at (317) 924-4333. I will always be more than happy to offer help or information pertaining to our cafeteria and meal programs! I am looking forward to a wonderful year in the cafeteria!

I wish you and your student a blessed school year!

Mark Robinson
Director of Finance
Cardinal Ritter High School

* USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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