(UPDATED SEPTEMBER 3, 2020)
School Meals Available FREE of Charge
Dear District 214 Family,
We know the importance of providing healthy meals and the impact nutrition has on a student’s educational experience and their overall wellbeing. The D214 Food and Nutrition Services Department is pleased to announce that we are now able to offer meals free of charge, to all children ages 18 and under. This is made possible through a waiver sponsored by the USDA (effective through December, 2020).
Please keep in mind that the annual Free/Reduced Meal Application will still need to be completed if you need assistance with other applicable program fees and for meals in January 2021 when the waiver expires.
If you would like to apply for Free or Reduced price benefits, please visit the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to apply online beginning in August. The form is located under the
More/Meal Benefits Tab.
ONLINE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED AND SIGNED BY AN ADULT HOUSEHOLD MEMBER WHO HAS SET UP AN AUTHORIZED E-SIGNATURE ON FILE. WE CANNOT APPROVE APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED AND SIGNED BY STUDENTS. THANK YOU.
Before you begin...there are a few things you should know.
We need only one application for all children in your household that attend school in Township High School Dist 214.
Eligibility for free or reduced priced school meals benefits is based on any one of these three things:
- your total household income and size in the month the application is filled out, or the month before, and members in the household or
- your child's individual status as foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, or
- participation in a food assistance program by any member of your household
Your US citizenship or immigration status does not affect your eligibility for free or reduced price benefits.
Things you'll need
Lastly, we compiled a list of the information you might need to complete the application.
If you have this information handy, it will make the application process fast and easy.
- If you participate in SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR you will need to know your case number (not your card or account number)
- If you do not participate in any of the above assistance programs, you will need to report your total household income. In that case...
- if anyone in your household has a job, you may need to reference the earnings statement or pay stubs to report your gross income, which is different that the amount you actually receive in your paycheck.
- if anyone receives Social Security or retirement benefits, you may need to gather the benefit statements to report the amount and frequency of the payments.
- you may also need to reference other financial documents for additional sources of income.
Detailed instructions on how to complete the online meal benefits application are below:
|Meal Benefits Application Instructions
Families of previously enrolled students should already have access to the Parent Portal. Any families new to District 214, should have received an email regarding the activation of their Parent Portal account.
Eligibility for meal benefits will be determined within 10 days of receipt of application in our office. A letter of approval or denial will be mailed to your address on file notifying you of your child's (children's) eligibility status.
We look forward to providing meals for your child in our cafeterias. Our staff is committed to serving students nutritious meals, while maintaining variety to keep students satisfied.
Dear District 214 Parents/Guardians:
Township High School District 214 Food and Nutrition Service Department
Meal Program Information and FAQ 2020-2021
- In school year 2020-2021 we will participate in the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Program and provide 1 combo meal deal breakfast and/or 1 combo meal deal lunch daily, at no charge, to free eligible students and at a reduced rate to reduced eligible students.
- We will carry over 2019-20 school year's (last years’) student eligibility status until expiration on September 14, 2020.
- A new Household Meal Program application must be submitted annually.
- We will be processing all Meal Program Applications through the Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal (FRAM). Please apply for meals online through the Parent Portal. (Note parents must set up E-signature to submit - Applications E-signed by students will not be accepted).
- Meals are served every school day. For the 2020-21 school year, breakfast is available at all schools for $2.00 and lunch is $3.00/$3.25/$3.50. Reduced breakfast is $.30 and reduced lunch is $.40. Milk (½ pint) is included with the meal, but may also be purchased separately for $.60. A variety of healthy and student favorite a la carte options are available.
- We will continue to receive Direct Certification files from the DHS. Each student receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and/or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) from the DHS will be mailed a letter of eligibility for free meals at the end of July from District 214. If you receive one of these letters, you do not need to fill out a Household Meal application as well.
- A School Messenger blast email message to all registered households will be sent out the first week of August, 2020, with instructions on how to apply for meals and access the Special Milk/ Meals Program application online through the IC Parent Portal. USDA regulations prohibit distributing meal applications more than 30 days prior to the start of the school year.
- Meal Program applications and our Menu will be posted on the Food and Nutrition Services page of the District website in August. Please apply for meals online through the IC Parent portal.
- The Food and Nutrition Services Department has a computerized debit system that allows parents to prepay for school food services. This computerization provides many benefits for students and parents in utilizing the cafeteria services.
- In our continuing effort to provide parents with the absolute best service, we have upgraded MySchoolBucks.com. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. NEW! The MySchoolBucks App makes school meal payments even easier for busy parents on-the-go! You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts for FREE online or through the App! See more information on the Online Food Service Pre-pay tab.
- The Payrange mobile vending machine app has been implemented successfully at all D214 schools. Students are able to access vending machines without using cash by downloading the Payrange app on their phones. Payrange accepts all major credit and debit cards as well as funds from apple pay and Android Pay! Follow the steps below to add money to your Payrange app: 1) Download the app to your smart phone or tablet, 2) Create an account, 3) At the bottom of the screen, click the button "Add funds." Follow the steps to add funds to the account. You're all set! It’s that easy!
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/how-file-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
1.Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2.Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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