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Announcing Free School Meals for 2021-2022

Hello,

The new school year is almost here. For the 2021-2022 school year, the federal government has funded a TEMPORARY program that will allow school districts to serve FREE breakfast and lunch to all K-12 enrolled students regardless of household income.

·      No payment is required for breakfast and lunch this year.

Our goal is to serve students quickly and efficiently, while following state and local health guidelines.

·      There will be no a la carte, cash or adult meal sales at Elementary locations. Meal accounts will not be utilized for Elementary students, so they will not have meal cards this year. We will use a simple meal count system to allow lines to move as quickly as possible.

·      A la carte items will be available at secondary schools. These purchases must be paid for using funds on meals accounts or cash in hand.

o   If you wish to set an a la carte limit for your secondary student, the option can be found on the Food Services tab of Family Access. An amount of $0.00 means there is no limit set. Choose an amount of $.01 or more to set a daily purchase limit.

o   Per the district meal charge policy, funds must be available at the time of purchase for a la carte items; credit is not authorized.

·      Menu items will be simplified, with items pre-wrapped/cupped for quick service and to reduce touch points. We will still offer hot breakfast and lunch options, including some of our scratch recipe favorites.

·      Menus will be posted soon. It is important to note that supply-chain shortages are a very real problem, so menu items are subject to change. Here is a Wall Street Journal article that talks about issues facing School Districts throughout the country.

Applications for Free or Reduced priced meals are now available and can be completed electronically. The electronic application can be found on the "Food Service" tab in Family Access. Paper applications can be downloaded here.

Why fill out an application if meals are free?

Students approved for free or reduced-price meal may qualify for other district and community benefits. Fee reductions may include: ASB Cards, Sports Fees, Technology Fees, AP Testing, Scholarships, Internet Costs. Approved students are also eligible for P-EBT funds. Additionally, many education programs such as the learning assistance program (LAP) rely on the District free and reduced rate and funds could be reduced if applications are not completed this year.
 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Have a great school year!

Food and Nutrition Services
Shoreline School District
206.393.4209 nutrition.services@shorelineschools.org