Food Services

Meal Charge Policy

Effective October 1, 2017 students grades K-12 on paid or reduced priced status will be allowed a yearly maximum charge of $15.00 for a school year. No ala carte items are eligible for charging. The Edgewood City Schools Child Nutrition Department will be responsible for maintaining charge records and notifying the parent/guardian of outstanding balances and need for payment via email, texting, telephone, or written documentation.

Notification will be made to the parent/guardian once the $15.00 charged limit has been reached.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide the necessary funding to the student’s meal account in order for purchases of food items to continue.

Payment can be made online via EZPAY on the district website or funds can be sent directly with student either by check or cash.

Once the charge limit is reached, a student will be provided an additional (5) meals which includes breakfast and lunch while funds can be placed on the student meal account. Any additional charges incurred for all meals will be the parent’s responsibility.

Once the second additional meal and any subsequent meals, up to (5) additional meals, have been served, the cafeteria management will provide the parent/guardian notice that the child received such meal because the child did not have money on their account.

After a student has received the fifth additional meal, the student will not receive a meal unless money is provided to pay for it. If a student is without meal money on a consistent basis, the administration will investigate the situation more closely and take further action as needed. If financial hardship exists, parents and families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced price lunches for their child if applicable.

General Information

For online payments to your child's account, go to EZPAY and follow the directions, or call us at 513-867-3418 for more information.

The Edgewood City School Food Service Department operates five on site preparation kitchens. The cafeterias serve lunch and breakfast at each location daily. Continual efforts are made to improve the service and quality of the products we provide our customers.

It is the goal of the Food Service Department contribution to the physical and mental well-being of each student, enhancing their opportunity to participate fully in daily educational activities. This can be achieved by providing wholesome, high quality, nutritious and appetizing school lunch/breakfast served in a courteous manner in a pleasant environment.

This goal is done so in the most efficient and cost effective means possible. To increase the acceptance and consumption of school lunch, we utilize a provision known as "Offer versus Serve" in all of our lunch rooms. This option reduces food waste by allowing children to choose three of the five meal components offered at each lunch; although it is recommended all five components be taken as the better value.

The five components are:

  1. Meat /Meat Alternative: lean meat, cheese, eggs, peanut butter.
  2. Grains/Breads:
  3. Fruits: fresh, canned or frozen
  4. Vegetables: fresh, canned or frozen
  5. Fluid Milk: low fat milk is offered.

Different choices of entrées are offered each day in our cafeterias. These include the published "menu" entrée, a variety of hot and cold sandwiches and salads. The entrée usually combines meat and the grain products. Several choices of fruit and vegetables are offered daily. Milk is offered in a variety of flavors and fat contents. Snacks, bottled water and juices are also made available daily.

Eating breakfast has proven benefits of overall better health, better test scores, and fewer disciplinary problems. These are all excellent reasons to encourage your child to eat breakfast every morning.

The Food Service Department provides our students and employees wholesome appetizing food choices. This is important as it contributes to the physical and mental growth of our children. The Department is operated as a business. All costs including salaries associated with the Food Service Department are paid by money collected from students, staff and federal reimbursement for participation in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.

Grades 1-5Grades 6-12Adults
Reduced Breakfast$0.30$0.30N/A
Plate Lunch$2.85$3.10$3.60
Reduced Lunch$0.40$0.40n/a
Secondary schools offer a daily choice of:
Hot Lunch
Chef Salad
Hamburger or Cheeseburger on Bun
Sub Sandwich
Secondary schools offer a daily choice of:
Hot Lunch
Chef Salad
Hamburger or Cheeseburger on Bun
Sub Sandwich

Edgewood High School and Middle School offer students a large amount of choices including salad entrees, variety of pizza and deli sandwiches.


Each BREAKFAST provides at least ¼ minimum of the RDA's* for your student. The foods are:

2 Servings (2 oz.) Breads, Cereals, Grains

1 Serving (4 oz.) Fruit or Fruit Juice
1 Serving (8 oz.) Milk


1 Serving (1 oz.) Bread
1 Serving (1 oz.) Meat or Eggs

1 Serving (4 oz.) Fruit or Fruit Juice
1 Serving (8 oz.) Milk


Each LUNCH provides at least 1/3 of the RDA's* for your student.

1 Serving (2 to 3 oz.) Protein Foods (Meat/Cheese)
2 or 3 Servings (2 to 3 oz.) Breads, Cereals, Grains
2 or more servings (3/4 cup or more) Fruits and/or Vegetables
1 Serving (8 oz.) Milk

* RDA= Recommended Daily Allowance

The Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program
Free and reduced price lunch/breakfast is available to students who qualify and meet the eligibility guidelines. Students who qualified last school year are automatically qualified for the first 30 days of the school year. However, a new application must be completed for the upcoming school year within 30 days from the start of the school year for child to continue on the program. Online application will be posted on this web page in early August 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

Applications are accepted anytime during the school year. Parents who have any change in employment or income anytime during the year may apply for benefits.

Foster children automatically qualify for free lunch once an application is received and approved in the Food Service Department office.

No child is discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age or handicap.

Food Allergies
Parents please contact the school nurse if your child has any food allergies or restrictions. Students who are lactose intolerant must have a written notice from a health care professional in order to receive juice in place of milk. USDA guidelines prohibit serving substitute drinks to students without written medical directives from a medical authority. Notes from parents requesting any beverage other than milk are not acceptable under USDA guidelines of the National School Lunch Program.

Returned Checks
A $29.00 charge will be assessed for a returned check. Additional checks will not be accepted until all fees are paid. For a second offense, no checks will be accepted for the remainder of the school year. Call the Food Service office at 513-867-3400 Ext. 3127 to arrange for payment.

Cafeteria Manners
Students are encouraged to use good manners in the dining area. This includes sitting in their seats until excused by lunchroom monitors, talking softly at the table and cleaning up after themselves.

Edgewood City Schools will promote a supportive approach for parents to be active role models and to encourage their children by making suggestions about healthy choices from the school menu. Parents are discouraged from bringing in fast food or soft drinks into the cafeteria for student lunches.

About the School Lunch Program
The U.S. Congress created the school lunch program in 1946 in the belief that "it is a measure of national security to safeguard the health and well-being of the nation's children." The objective of the program is to provide nutritional meals at an affordable price. Menus meet USDA Dietary guidelines for Americans. The meal pattern has four components: meat/meat alternative foods, fruits and vegetables, bread/bread equivalent foods and fluid milk as a beverage.

Can parents help?
You have already helped by encouraging your child to buy a nutritious school lunch. Sound nutrition is the basis for growth of body and mind. We do offer employment opportunities. Short hours are available. A great way to earn income while your students are in school.

Are school lunches healthy by today's standards?
Conscientious efforts are made to reduce the amount of salt, fat and sugar in the diet in keeping with UD Dietary Guidelines. This is because eating habits develop early. The healthy diet consists of a variety of foods eaten in moderation. This is the reason most schools offer students a choice of menus or menu items.

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