Free and Reduced Meals

Information about Free or Reduced Price Meals

Families who have children attending a public school district may apply for free or reduced price school meals through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services (COMPASS).  COMPASS allows Pennsylvanian’s to apply online for social service programs, such as Food Stamps (FS), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Energy Assistance, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), etc.  Families may 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 may apply for free or reduced price school meals online by going to the COMPASS website at www.compass.state.pa.us or you can continue to use the paper “Household Meal Benefit Application” if you prefer.  If you apply for free or reduced price school meals through COMPASS, you do not need to submit a paper application.  Paper applications are available as related files below, in Food Services Department at the Administration Center, or at any of the schools. Please note, families are responsible for the full cost of meals until their application has been approved. 

In order for meals to qualify for the free or reduced price meals program, they must be compliant with the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.  More information about specific meal requirements can be found on posters in each of the school cafeterias or on the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service website. Students participating in the free or reduced price meals program may purchase a la carte items at the regular price if they have funds available in their student account.

Free Summer Meals for Children

The National Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offers free, nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger during the summer when school is not in session. SFSP is a federal child nutrition program. There are approximately 2,500 locations throughout Pennsylvania that serve breakfast, lunch and /or snacks. Many of the locations provide activities as well.  
 
Stay tuned for more details soon. Food Services plans to offer free breakfast and lunch for all students and young children (regardless of financial status) at Washington Heights Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, and Crossroads Middle School beginning June 11 and ending August 16. Meals will be offered Monday through Thursday at all three sites. On a trial basis, we are planning on serving lunch at Washington Heights on Fridays June 15 - August 17 (All students are welcome). Food Services will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.                 
 
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                
Visit: fns.usda.gov/summerfood rocks
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