Food Services

FREE Meals for Students Provided by USDA (announced September 18, 2020)

  • Starting Monday, September 21, 2020, all students attending school IN-PERSON will receive FREE breakfast & lunch. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended waivers that allow our district to offer 1 FREE breakfast meal & 1 FREE lunch meal each school day. 
  • The offer is available through December 31, 2020. 
  • Students may continue to purchase items a la carte, where available.
  • Our district is finalizing plans to provide this offer to our Remote Learners. Details will be issued by the end of September 2020 for our Remote Learner students.

“No Change Issued for Meal Purchases” Procedure (announced August 28, 2020)

  • For the 2020-2021 school year, when cash is presented for payment for food purchases, no change will be issued. 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 - Effective starting the 2020-2021 School Year

  • As 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; and $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.


Parents/guardians may use EZpay to pay for school fees. Likewise, funds can be loaded to your meal account through EZpay. Click on the EZpay link on the left side of the screen and follow the directions.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program

  • Free and reduced-price lunch and 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 each year, within 30 days from the start of the school year, for child to continue on the program. 
  • 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.
  • No child is discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age or handicap. Free and Reduced Price Meals Benefits Program is available to all children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Ohio Works First (OWF); foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court; children participating in their school's Head Start program; and children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant that are eligible for free meals. Also, your children may receive free or reduced-priced meals if your household's income is within the limits on the federal income eligibility guidelines (see chart below).

  • You can apply online for your child(ren) to receive free or reduced-price school meals. The online application for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefit program has been designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process. The site is an easy, secure and convenient way to apply for free or reduced meals. Once your application has been received, the Edgewood Food Service Office will determine your eligibility and send you a letter with the results. Until you receive notification about your application, you will need to provide your child with a lunch or lunch money. To apply, please visit LunchApplication.com and click "Apply Now."
  • For assistance in completing your application, please call Mr. David Jewell, Edgewood Food Service Supervisor, at (513) 867- 3418, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am- 4:00 pm.
  • Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.
  • If you would rather complete a paper application, that option is available as well. Just click here to access a printable version of the Free and Reduced-price Meal application, print it, and complete the form. The form can be returned to your child's school secretary or mail it to:

Mr. David Jewell

Edgewood City Schools

3500 Busenbark Road

Trenton, Ohio  45067

Meal Charge Program 

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 Food Service 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

  • 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 our 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.
  • 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


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

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.