Sweetwater Baptist Association
Monday, August 20, 2018
Churches Working Together Sharing Jesus

Vacation Bible School

 

 

 
 
 
 
     Pastors or VBS Directors:
    At the conclusion of your Vacation Bible School,
    please send in your 2018 VBS Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CHURCHES WHO USE THE FREE FOOD PROGRAM FOR THEIR VBS OR SUMMER PROGRAMS:

 

Churches who participate in the FREE FOOD program through Monroe County Schools, will be required to obtain a Health Inspection Permit for their kitchen.

From our understanding, the cost of the permit is either $210 or $360, depending on the number of people served.  This permit would have to be renewed each year.

In order to get the permit, the church’s kitchen would have to pass a health inspection.  One requirement for passing the health inspection is the kitchen must have either a 3-compartment sink or a dishwasher.  (We have been told that kitchen appliances DO NOT have to commercial grade.)  So, if your church has either a dishwasher or a 3-compartment sink, you may be able to get the permit (at a cost).

These requirements only apply if you “cook” the food in your kitchen.  Cold meals can still be received, with no changes from past years (no permit needed, no health inspection).

The Monroe County School Nutrition Dept has shared with us, they are offering more variety in “cold” meals (sandwiches, wraps, sliders); and, the snacks (juice box, muffins, etc) will also still be available under the same guidelines as past years.

For many churches, these new requirements may prohibit them from using the FREE “hot” meals through this program.  However, it sounds like there are still options available that could be beneficial for your church.  We urge you to call the School Nutrition Department and talk to Lisa Arden.  She should be able to answer any questions you have.  Her phone number is 423-442-2092.