Food Services

FOOD SERVICE UPDATE

The Greencastle Antrim School District Food Service Program normally operates under the National School Lunch (NSLP) Program and School Breakfast Program (SBP) in each building.

After August 2020, we switched over to the SSO Waiver because of the COVID 19 Pandemic and not all students attending in-session classes. The regulations to this waiver allowed us to offer free meals to all students who requested meals whether they were in-session or virtual.

Under the current regulations for this waiver, you do not have to qualify by household size and income like you do under the NSLP and SBP programs.

The government has informed us that this waiver will end on our last scheduled day of school, which is currently May 28, 2021. (The date is tentative and is subject to change, if needed, as we move through the pandemic.) If no other waiver is offered for the 2021-2022 school year, we would go back to operating under the regulations of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program in each building based on household size and income.

With that being said, if you think your children would be eligible for free or reduced eligibility for the coming school year, you should apply this school year or your children will not automatically be eligible for the first 30 days of the 2021-2022 school year.

The goal of the food service program at the Greencastle-Antrim School District is to encourage students to eat a wide variety of nutritious food in a well-balanced meal.

ATTENTION PARENT/GUARDIANS:

Households who wish to apply for free or reduced lunch and breakfast may apply online at www.gcasd.org or www.schoolcafe.com. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call the Food Service Office at (717)597-3226, extension 50505 to receive assistance in signing up on-line. Paper “free and reduced” applications are only available from the Food Service Office.

Carryover of the eligibility status from the previous year is for up to thirty (30) operating days (beginning with the first day of school) into the current school year or until a new eligibility determination is made, either approved or denied. The new eligibility determination supersedes the carryover eligibility.

If free/reduced benefits were received the previous year and no new application is received by the Food Service Office prior to the 30th school day, benefits will cease on the 31st day. Any charges incurred after the 30th day are the student household’s responsibility, regardless of past status.

If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch/breakfast benefits, a letter will be sent to you notifying you of his/her eligibility.

REMINDER:

Households who already completed an application for the 2020-2021 school year need not reapply unless your application was denied, and your household size or income has changed. If that is your situation, we encourage you to reapply to see if your children may be eligible now.

We thank you for your time in reviewing this important information and If you have questions, please call the Food Service Office at (717)597-3226, extension 50505.


Cost of meals for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:

  • Breakfast (Grades K-5): $1.55
  • Lunch (Grades K-5): $2.50
  • Breakfast (Grades 6-12): $1.65
  • Lunch (Grades 6-12): $2.80
  • Eligible Reduced Breakfast (All Grades): $.30
  • Eligible Reduced Lunch (All Grades): $.40
  • Extra milk price: $.50 per carton

 

Grades 9-12 participate in the Offer Versus Serve program under the above NSLP and SBP. The regulations require us to offer choices to meet the programs requirements. For lunch, the components consist of meat/meat alternate, grain, vegetable, fruit, and milk. Students must select three of the five required food items to qualify as a reimbursable lunch. One of the items selected must be a fruit to meet the reimbursable meal requirement. The lunch must be priced as ac complete lunch and the students may take 3, 4 or all 5 items for the same price. The serving sizes must equal the minimum nutritional standards required for each specific age group.

For breakfast, the components consist of grain, fruit, and milk. The regulations require us to offer four food items within the three required components. This means that some components may meet the requirement for two food items. Students must select three food items, including at least 1/2 cup of fruit to qualify for reimbursable breakfast.

GRADES K-8 ONLY - THIS IS A CHANGE - Starting with the 2020-2021 school year, K-8 will no longer be participating in the Offer Versus Serve Program for breakfast and lunch.  All components and condiments will be placed on the student's tray according to the menu.

A point-of-sale system allows parents to pre-pay on account for student meals. SchoolCafe is available. The website address for SchoolCafe is www.schoolcafe.com. All previously registered user accounts will remain unchanged. Parents will still use the same login credentials (username and password).

Those families who feel they qualify for a free or reduced lunch/breakfast may apply according to the federal guidelines. Detailed information concerning the program may be obtained by clicking here, or by calling the district food service office at (717) 597-3226 ext. 50505.

Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income and should be included on the household application. They are no longer considered a household of one.

Food Services Contacts

Nancy Foust
Director of Food Services
(717) 597-3226 ext. 50508
nfoust@gcasd.org

Loreen Thrush
Food Services Secretary
(717) 597-3226 ext. 50505
lthrush@gcasd.org
 

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