The purpose of Southern Columbia Area School District’s Food Service Program is to prepare and serve nutritious and appealing meals that meet the dietary guidelines to students, staff, and community. Each year the Food Service team provides over 200,000 breakfast and lunch meals to students in the Elementary Center and Middle/High School. The District participates in the National School Lunch Program and strives to provide quality food at reasonable prices.
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
All Southern Columbia Area SD students are encouraged to enjoy the meals prepared in their school’s cafeteria. Students in all grades are eligible for free breakfast and lunch (complete meals) daily during the 2021-2022 school year. Please review the lunch menu for your student’s school(s) and discuss with them the food options we are preparing for them. Questions? Contact Mrs. Kathy Holleran, Food Services Director, (570) 356-3505 or email@example.com
WELLNESS POLICY ASSESSMENT & REPORT (Required every three years)
2021-2022 Breakfast Prices
2021-2022 Lunch Prices
Paid- Middle School/High School: $2.75
Paid- Elementary School $2.50
Parents/Guardians are expected to keep a positive balance in their child’s account at all times. Students who have negative balances will be subject to the following guidelines:
A student will be allowed to charge up to $10.00, which will be applied to his/her account. After reaching this limit, he/she will receive an alternate meal consisting of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, milk, fruit and vegetable for lunch. The price of the alternate meal will be equal to existing paid/reduced lunch prices. This too will be charged to the student’s account.
All students with an outstanding balance will be prohibited from purchasing a la carte items.
The above actions will stay in effect until the student’s account is brought current. For example, a student will continue to receive the alternate meal until his/her account is paid in full.
Online Payment and Account Information
Parents/guardians are urged to create a myschoolaccount.com which will enable them to pay for their child’s meals and view their child’s balance, purchasing history, and payment history. The site will also allow parents/guardians to establish an account balance notification threshold for each of their children. Once the account balance falls below the established amount, myschoolaccount.com will automatically send the parents/guardians an e-mail notice.
Questions? Click here for complete instructions on how to use myschoolaccount.com. You will need to know your child’s school ID number in order to complete this process. For problems with your account or questions about this service email the company at: firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name and UserID so that they may better serve you.
How to Apply for Free or Reduced Lunches
Families can also apply for free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program online using the Internet. This can be done using COMPASS. COMPASS allows Pennsylvanians to apply for social service programs, such as Food Stamps (FS), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Energy Assistance, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), etc., online. Families can use COMPASS to apply for free or reduced price school meals only, or they can apply for other services at the same time (FS, TANF, etc.). You can apply for free or reduced price school meals online by going to the COMPASS website at http://www.compass.state.pa.us/ or you can continue to use the paper “Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application” if you prefer.
Once you access COMPASS, select Apply for Benefits. Parents will select the programs they wish to apply for and be directed through a series of questions regarding those programs. Please enter Columbia as the county of the school when you apply. Select Southern Columbia Area School District as the school your child attends.
Once the questions have been completed, the COMPASS system will direct your information to each appropriate program office and the school you selected will receive the Household Meal Benefit Application. The school will notify you if you are eligible for free or reduced price meals. If you apply for free or reduced price school meals through COMPASS you do not need to submit a paper application.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement and Complaint Procedure
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. Please click here to read the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement and Complaint Procedure.
Free Meals for Children in the Summer
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offers free, nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger during the summer when school is not in session. The SFSP is a federal child nutrition program. There are approximately 2,500 locations throughout Pennsylvania that serve breakfast, lunch and/or snacks. Mny of the locations provide activities as well.
How to find a SFSP location Near You:
Call: 211 or 1.866.3HUNGRY or 1.877.8HAMBRE
Text: FOOD or COMIDA to 877877
Download: RangeAPP.org mobile app