The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides temporary benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), to families of school-aged children who would receive free or reduced-priced meals if school was in session. For each day school is closed, families of school-aged children certified as free or reduced eligible will receive the equivalent of the free high rate for lunch and the severe need rate for breakfast dating back to March 16, 2020.
Households are encouraged to apply for free or reduced-price school meals if there is a change in the household income due to loss of job or reduction in pay.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide the necessary information for all free and reduced eligible school-aged children. The DHS will issue the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) card to households who do not already have one in their possession.
More information can be found in the document below:
The Neshannock Township School District is committed to providing healthy and well-balanced meals for our students. We continuously strive to offer a large variety of quality food choices in the cafeteria that focus on health, wellness, and good nutrition.
Freshly prepared, nutritious lunches are provided daily by The Nutrition Group. Our program follows the nutritional requirements of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program and the District’s Wellness Policy. This assures school meals meet the nutritional standards set forth by the USDA and Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Families that have children attending a public school district can apply online for free or reduced price school lunches through the National School Lunch Program using COMPASS or the Schoolcafe Website. COMPASS allows Pennsylvanians to apply for social services programs, such as Food Stamps (FS), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Energy Assistance, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), etc. online. The COMPASS Website is www.compass.state.pa.us. Parents can use the Schoolcafe app to apply for free or reduced lunches through the application process. The Schoolcafe website is www.schoolcafe.com. A new application is required each year for ALL participating students to keep receiving free or reduced meals. However, there is a 30 day carry over from the previous school year to the current school year. Parents should remember that after the 30 day carryover, lunches will be set back to a paid status if application has not been made. If parents do not have access to the Internet, a paper application can be made by contacting Christopher Ferry, Director of Technology, Neshannock Township School District, 3834 Mitchell Road, New Castle, PA 16105 at 724-856-4630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020-2021 Breakfast and Lunch Menus:
The National School Lunch Program
- P-EBT Q&A Handout to Households May 2020
- New Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced School Meals Announced for the 2020-21 School Year
- CHIP: Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program
- USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form
- Cafeteria Refund Form
- Letter to Household – English (2020-2021)
- Letter to Household – Spanish (2020-2021)
- And Justice for All Poster
- COMPASS Outreach Pamphlet
- DG Tipsheet Build a Healthy Meal
Nut Free Snack Suggestions
Important Documents and Downloads
- Charging Ala’ Cart or Country Store items is not permitted.
- Accounts with positive and negative balances will be carried over to the next school year.
- Jr / Sr High Students are encouraged to use their Student Id cards to reduce account errors and speed up the line.
- One student cannot charge another student’s lunch to their account.
We use Schoolcafe Points of Sale in our cafeterias. Parents can prepay their children’s lunches in a variety of ways.
Neshannock Memorial Elementary
- Students can pay cash at the lunch line.
- Cash can be sent in an envelope to the homeroom teacher or cafeteria manager.
- Checks can be made payable to Neshannock Township School District and sent to school. Please list the student’s name and ID number on the check.
- Parents can use the Schoolcafe Website, schoolcafe.com to prepay student meals.
- Parents can setup an account by using their child’s school Student ID number.
- The student ID number can be found on Student ID cards, report cards, or by contacting the school.
Neshannock Junior Senior High School
- Students can pay cash at the lunch line.
- Cash can be sent in an envelope to the homeroom teacher or cafeteria manager.
- Checks can be made payable to Neshannock Township School District and sent to school. Please list the student’s name and ID number of the check.
- Parents can use the Schoolcafe Website,schoolcafe.com, to prepay student meals. Parents can setup an account by using their child’s school Student ID number . The student ID number can be found on Student ID cards, schedules, report cards, or by contacting the school.
- Students enter their Student ID number at the Point of Sale to access their account.
- The cashier can see the student’s name and picture to assure the correct student is using the account.
Checking Lunch Account Balances
Lunch account balances are displayed on the Schoolcafe website. Parents can access a student’s account balance by logging into the dashboard. All payment and sales data should be on the Schoolcafe site within 24-48 hours after the transaction. Funds are available in the cafeteria within 2-24 hours after deposit.
Price of Meals
Children need healthy meals to learn. Neshannock Township School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.00; lunch costs $2.25 for elementary students and $2.50 for middle school and high school students. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.
Payment of School Meal Accounts – Policy 808
PAYMENT OF SCHOOL MEAL ACCOUNTS
School Meal Charges and Accounts
The District permits students to incur reasonable charges for school meals. In an effort to ensure the effective operation of the District’s Food Service Program, the District establishes the following procedures for student payment of school meals:
Parents/Guardians are solely responsible for providing their children with meals, either through money to purchase meals at school or by packing a meal from home. If for any reason a parent/guardian cannot afford to provide a meal for their child, Free and Reduced Meal benefits may be applied for, in English or Spanish, by accessing the application www.paschoolmeals.com or www.nstd.org under Cafeteria and Food Services.
Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to deposit money in their cafeteria account so that adequate money is readily available to purchase school meals. This will eliminate the need for the parent/guardian to send money with the child each day. Parents/guardians can deposit money by sending a check or cash with their child to school or by accessing https://www.schoolcafe.com.
Children who qualify for free meals may never be denied a meal, even if they have accrued a negative balance from other purchases in the cafeteria.
The NTSD will consider the effective date of eligibility for free school benefits to be the date of the automated data matching file which first identifies the child as eligible for direct certification rather than the date the eligibility is accessed or processed into the local point of service.
Charging of à la carte or extra items (e.g. a second milk or additional entrée) will be prohibited by any student with a negative balance, regardless of the student’s eligibility status.
Parents are encouraged to use PrimeroEdge https://www.paschoolmealsses.com or COMPASS https://www.compass.state.pa.us or contact the Neshannock Township School District Director of Pupil Services to find assistance with applying for free or reduced price school meals. Parents can visit the www.ntsd.org in order to find additional information about the National School Lunch Program, our District policies, and links to PrimeroEdge and COMPASS.
Collection of Unpaid Meal Charges
When a student comes through the serving line without money and/or has a negative balance in his/her account, the Neshannock Township School District will utilize the following procedures:
- Students unable to pay for a meal at the time of the meal service are allowed to charge a meal. Breakfast and Lunch purchases can be charged.
- Students will receive a reimbursable meal when there is debt. There will not be a limit to the number of charges. The price of either a breakfast or lunch reimbursable meal will be added to the outstanding debt.
- The Food Service Provider will notify parents/guardians of low or negative balances.
- The Food Service Provider Director will review charges weekly and will be responsible for managing the charges.
- When debt is uncollectable, the Cafeteria Manager will consider this delinquent debt as “bad debt” and will consult with a School Administrator.
- Local Meal Charge Policy will be communicated through the District website, student handbooks, and the parent portal.
- Repayment plans for bad debt will be determined individually by Administration and if necessary, the School Solicitor.
- Unpaid meals charges will be carried over at the end of the school year (beyond June 30); therefore, collection efforts may continue into the new school year.
- Parents should use the Student Transfer and Graduation form on the District’s website to request transfer of funds to siblings or to request refunds.
- Delinquent debt collections will not adversely affect the children involved, but instead focus on the adults responsible for providing funds for meal purchases.
- Low or negative account balances are confidential. Food Services professionals will not notify children of their meal charge debt in front of other students.
- When School Administrators or the School Solicitor determine delinquent debt is uncollectable and no further collection efforts will be made, the debt will be reclassified as “bad debt.” Bad debt, by definition, must be written off as operating losses. Repayment of bad debt resulting from unpaid meal charges is an unallowable cost; therefore, the NSFSA must be restored using non-Federal funds. These funds may come from:
- The School District’s general fund,
- Special funding from state or local governments, or
- Any other non-Federal sources. 13. The Neshannock Township School District will follow recordkeeping requirements for bad debt in accordance with the record retention requirements outlined in 7 CFR 210.9(b)(17) and 7 CFR 210.15(b).
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.
Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session.
Schools or families can use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer:
- Call 211
- Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre
- Text “MEALPA” to 877877 during the summer months
- Visit the website: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
- Use the site locator for smartphones – Rangeapp.org
USDA NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT AND COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
SNAP and FDPIR State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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@example.com. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.