Food Service

Food Service Information

                                    IMPORTANT CHILD NUTRITION UPDATE:
                                    Food shortages are nationwide, and our 
                                    district is also experiencing unavailable 
                                    items or last minute replacements. Menus
                                    are subject to change. We appreciate your
                                    patience and understanding. We are excited
                                    to be able to serve all of our students free
                                    breakfast and lunch this school year. 

                                   WELCOME TO THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
The Southwest Licking Schools Food Service Department is excited for another year of serving healthy meals to our students and staff. 
The USDA has extended the waiver allowing ALL students (regardless of their paid/free/reduced status) to receive both FREE breakfast and FREE lunch daily for the entire 2021-22 school year.  

How does my child begin receiving free meals?
There is nothing required from families to start receiving free meals.  All students will have the opportunity to obtain a free breakfast each morning as they enter the building and a free lunch by going through the cafeteria line during their lunch period.
Do we still need to complete a free and reduced meal application that is typically required every school year?
Yes and no.This year is different then all others. 

Yes, free/reduced applications should be submitted for students new to our district or with a change in circumstance.  A change in circumstance would be a new household member(s) or a decrease in income. The eligibility status from the free/reduced meal application is one of the factors used for waiving or reducing school fees, pay to play fees, etc.  Even though everyone is temporarily receiving free lunch, fees may only be waived if you qualify based on the meal application and have given us permission to use that information for fees. The free/reduced online application link can be found below titled "Free/Reduced Lunch Application."  If you wish to complete a paper copy of the application instead, email Carment Murphy at [email protected] and request a copy.   

No, you will not need to complete a free/reduced application this year if you were already established as free last year. However, you will need to complete a fee waiver for this year in order to have your school fees waived.  The fee waiver link can be found below titled "Fee Waiver Form."  
Are students still allowed to purchase extras or ala carte items?
Students in all grades will be allowed to purchase extras or ala carte items such as snacks, cookies, chips, etc. as long as they have money available on their meal account.  
Can students that bring their own lunch just get free milk or one item from a meal free?  No, a full reimbursable meal is required by USDA in order to receive the temporary free meal benefit. Milk and individual items would need purchased separately.

Meal Prices for 2021-22
Breakfast - FREE to all students
Lunch - FREE to all students
Snacks and drinks available for sale in all grades at an additional charge. 
Adults/Visitors: $4.00/lunch

How to Apply Money to Student's Meal Account 

  • Please use the MySchoolBucks app or website to make payments anytime, anywhere.  You may check balances and get low balance notifications.  A small convenience charge is applied for using MySchoolBucks,
  • The MySchoolBucks link is indicated below. 
  • Cash/Check may also be submitted by your student, at the beginning of the school day, to their teacher or cafeteria and will be applied to their account by lunch time.  Cash/Check must be placed in an envelope with the student's name. 
Daily lunch menus are subject to change due to inclement weather or product availability.  Any necessary changes will be on morning announcements.  The last 3 weeks of school are "Cook's Choice" on all menus.

Update from ODE/Job & Family Services regarding P-EBT cards:
A delay has occurred in mailing the new summer P-EBT cards. For summer P-EBT, a child will receive a new P-EBT card if the child did not receive the school year 2020-2021 card after February of 2021. Please be aware some households may have received a letter indicating that the new summer P-EBT card was already received. However, new cards are not likely to arrive before the last week of July. Please note that P-EBT cards for the school year 2020-2021 received after February of 2021 should have the first $190 allocation of summer P-EBT already posted to the previously issued P-EBT card or the household SNAP card. The second allocation of $185 will occur on newly mailed cards and existing P-EBT/SNAP cards in July. Schools are encouraged to communicate this information to households as possible.  

Additional Links

USDA Program Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form , (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1)           mail:  U.S. Department of Agriculture
                Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
                1400 Independence Avenue, SW
                Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2)            fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3)            email:  [email protected]
"This institution is an equal opportunity provider." 

Cindy Pickering

Food Services Supervisor 


[email protected] 

Carmen Murphy

Food Service Secretary


[email protected] 

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