EXCITING UPDATE! - BREAKFAST & LUNCH IS FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS
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 remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
How does my child begin receiving the temporary free meals?
There is nothing required from families to start receiving the temporary free meals. All students may get a free breakfast at either of the 2 breakfast locations within their school as they enter the building each morning. Elementary students will simply let their homeroom teacher know each morning if they would like a school lunch and which of the 2 options they want for that day. All middle and high school students will simply go through the regular school cafeteria line and receive their meals daily.
Do we still need to complete a free and reduced meal application that is typically required every school year?
Yes, if you believe you qualify for free/reduced meals based on income or SNAP/TANF benefits, 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. Plus, once this temporary program ends, meals will go back to regular price for those without approved applications.
Are students still allowed to purchase extras or ala carte items?
Students in grades 4-12 will still 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 bring their own lunch and 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 benefit.
Are the remote learning students able to receive free meals?
Remote learners must sign up to pick up free meals weekly. If you have already opted into the meal pick up program and have been picking up meals, you do not need to do anything further. If you never signed up and would like to sign up for the program and agree to pick up meals weekly, please email Cindy Pickering, Food Service Supervisor, at [email protected]
Free to students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch
All other students: $1.25
Elementary Schools: $2.75 / reduced $.40
Middle School $3.00 / reduced $.40
High School $3.25 / reduced $.40
Just a reminder that ala carte drinks and snacks are available for purchase in grades 4-12.
- New free/reduced applications are required each and every school year. Apply at www.myschoolapps.com
- Charging policy: All students may charge up to the price of 2 lunches in their building.
- Apply money to your student's meal account by going to www.myschoolbucks.com
- Donation accounts hve been established in all buildings, If you wish to donate and help eliminate student meal debt so that every child has access to a nutritious lunch regardless of their financial situation, a check may be submitted to any school building or district office made payable to SWL Food Service with "Donation-Student Meals" in the memo section.
Menus 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" IN ALL BUILDINGS.
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil RIghts, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272(voice) or (202)720-6382(TTY).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."