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Important Changes and Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year from the Edgewood Food Service Department
Important Changes and Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year from the Edgewood Food Service Department
Pam Pratt
Sunday, August 30, 2020

New for the 2020-2021 School Year:

“No Change Issued for Meal Purchases" Procedure

  • New this year is the procedure for when cash is presented for payment for food purchases. All paper and coin presented for payment will be placed on the student/staff meal account in whole. Thus, no change in any form will be returned to student/staff.
  • This allows for less contact between student/staff and cashier, plus it builds up monies on the meal account for future purchases. 
  • We recommend that students/staff pay with lower denomination bills, whenever possible. 
  • As a result of this new procedure, any unused balances at the end of the school year will be carried forward to the next year, or refunded to the parent/guardian/staff member upon request.

Increase in Lunch Prices

  • As previously communicated on July 2, 2020, the price for a school lunch will increase by .10. This increase impacts students as well as adult lunch prices in our five Edgewood school buildings. The new lunch price will be:
  • $2.85 for students in Grades 1-5
  • $3.10 for students in Grades 6-12
  • $3.60 for adults.
  • The increase does not impact the cost of breakfast, the purchase of milk, or the cost of the reduced-priced lunches for students who are approved for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program.
  • This increase is due to a requirement set forth in section 204 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It  requires agencies and schools to perform periodic assessments of compliance and reporting on the progress towards achieving the goals of the local school wellness program. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires agencies and schools, who offer the Free and Reduced-price Meal Program to their families, to fund these programs beyond what the Federal government provides.

EZPay:

  • We encourage families to use the online payment service “EZpay” to pay for school meals. Click here to access this service. (This link is also available on our district’s website, under the Food Service section, on the main menu).

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program:

How to Apply for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program:

  • If your family has never applied for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program, here is a quick and simple way to apply. Click here for the online application .
  • Paper applications will be available (either from your student’s school or on our website) and accepted, as in the past.
  • Online or paper applications can be submitted  anytime throughout the school year as family status changes (i.e. loss of job, reduction of hours or pay, birth of a child, etc…).

Notifications being Mailed to Pre-approved Families:

  • Notification to families who were pre-approved for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program will be mailed to homes during the week of August 24-28, 2020. If you receive a notification letter, please review it carefully for details and information relative to your family.

If Your Family Participated Last Year in the Program:

  • If your family participated in the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program during the 2019-2020 school year, they will start the 2020-2021 school year under the same status. However, this is only TEMPORARY as a new application must be submitted before October 12, 2020.
  • Families are encouraged to submit their Free and Reduced-Price Meal application online. Click here to access the online application.
  • If you are unable to complete the application online, a paper version of the application can be obtained by clicking here. Print and complete this application and return it to your school secretary before October 12, 2020.

Reminder for Kindergarten Parents/Guardians:

  • We encourage parents/guardians of Kindergarten students to apply for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program. (If you had a Preschooler last year, they were not eligible for the program). This is especially important if there are siblings in your family that received the Free or Reduced-Price Meal benefit last year. You will want to re-apply this year by October 12, 2020.