Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is everyone eating free again this year?
A: Yes, all students are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost this year (SY 21/22).
Q: Will this continue next year?
A: At this time, it is not likely. The majority of the Federal Waivers that have allowed this over the past couple of years are ending in June of this year. Please continue to check the nutrition website for updates regarding this!
Q: What is considered a meal?
A: For breakfast, a full meal is considered at least an entree and a serving of fruit (which may be juice), but students may also get milk included with breakfast. For lunch, a full, balanced meal is considered to be composed of at least three of the five food components offered, with at least one being a fruit or vegetable.
Q: What are the five food components offered at lunch?
A: Meat/meat alternatives, grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk.
Q: Can I just get a free milk?
A: No! While all students are eating for free this year, there are still some regulations we must follow. For a student to receive a free meal, they must take 3 of the 5 food components offered, as mentioned above. Extra milk may be purchased a la carte.
Q: What if my student packs lunch and just wants milk?
A: That is still possible! However, as mentioned above, your student must take a fruit and a vegetable (or an entree and fruit or vegetable) in addition to the milk, in order to qualify as a free meal. Otherwise, milk may be purchased a la carte.
Q: If everyone is eating for free, why do I have to put my student number in at the end of the line?
A: Students are being asked to enter their student numbers at some schools for a couple of reasons. This can be done in order to reacclimate students to what a "normal" school lunch looks like when everyone is not eating for free. It is also to help the kitchen staff to keep a record of the number of meals served for reporting and future production purposes. Finally, at schools where students may buy a la carte or extra items, the student number is to pull up that student's account to access their specific profile so they may purchase items if funds are available without having to use cash.
Q: Why does the menu say one thing and something else is being offered?
A: Years after the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, we are still feeling the after effects. Sometimes our vendors do not have the product that we need to produce the intended meals and we are constantly navigating supply shortages. As a result, items may change with little to no notice, but there will always be a full, balanced meal offered to your student.
Q: My student has a food allergy and cannot eat most things on the menu but still wants to participate in school meals. Is that possible?
A: Yes! For food allergies, your student's school must have documentation on file with the school nurse of this allergy. Documentation must include a diet prescription or medical note from the child's physician, specialist, or other medical professional. This must include information about the allergy/disease, explanation of the accommodations needed, foods to be omitted, modified, or substituted, and the signature of that medical professional. From there, the SNP Director will work with you and your student to accommodate special dietary needs.
Q: How do I add money to my student's account?
A: Please see the tab to the left of the webpage labeled: "MySchoolBucks Online Meal Payment". Your student may also bring in cash to give to the cafeteria staff to put on the student's account.
Q: Since everyone is eating for free this year, do I still need to fill out an application for Free and Reduced Meals?
A: It is not a necessity to complete this application in order for your child to receive free meals this year. However, it may be beneficial to have on hand for other purposes, such as summer school, YMCA after-school programs, college applications, or recreational sports leagues.
Q: My student moved or graduated but still had money on the MySchool Bucks Account. Can I get this back?
A: Yes! You may also transfer the funds to another student if desired. Please contact us at 434-939-9096.