Food Services

Department of Food Services

Use the links to the left to access the following areas of the Food Services page:

  • Menus - Breakfast & Lunch Menus are updated on a monthly basis
  • Free and Reduced Meals - Eligibility information and application for this federally assisted meal program  
  • Student Meal Accounts - Provides information about depositing funds into student accounts, negative account balance procedures, and requesting an account refund or balance transfer.
  • Wellness Policy & Nutritional Standards - Guidelines in the areas of nutrition education, physical activity, physical education, nutrition and other school based activities.

Food Service Department Openings

We are currently looking to fill the following openings:
  • Hillside Elementary School - 5.5 hours/day
  • Red Mill Elementary School - 4 hours/day
  • Allen Middle School - 4 hours/day
  • Crossroads Middle School - 4, 4.75 hours/day
  • New Cumberland Middle School - 4.5, 5.5 hours/day
  • Cedar Cliff High School - 4.5, 4.75 hours/day
  • Red Land High School - 4, 4.75, and 6 hours/day
  • Substitute positions - hours and days vary as needed
Starting wage for 2021-2022 is $10.50 per hour.

Necessary requirements and application information can be found on the Human Resources page. Interested individuals with questions may contact Dr. Ryan Argot, Director of Federal Programs, at [email protected] or 717-938-9577.  

Who to Contact

General Questions about the Food Services Department
Dr. Ryan Argot, Director of Federal Programs
[email protected]
717-938-9577  
 
Questions about Student Meal Accounts  
Food Service Managers & Leads
Questions about Negative/Low Balance Notifications 
Please login to k12paymentcenter.com to check balance information and then contact the school manager/lead (listed above) if additional help is needed.

Menu and Food Allergy Concerns
Deb Shaffer, Sodexo General Manager
717-938-9577 
SodexoMyWay Website 
 
Free and Reduced Meals Questions
Stephanie Pague, Secretary to Food Services
717-938-9577  
  

Department News

The following article was published in the January 2022 issue of PASBO Report Online, a digital publication of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.

Relationships Matter
by Matthew Wensel, Assistant Principal, Red Mill

This fall, our food service lead sent me an email about a student concern.  She shared with me that a fifth grade student was coming through the line making rude comments about the food to the serving staff and to other students.  Our student had called the food crappy and boring, complained rudely when the menu had to be changed due to supply shortages, and was disrespectful to the food service staff in general.  
 
The easiest option would have been to call our student into the office, give him a consequence for his actions, and make a call home.  However, I prefer to take a restorative discipline approach, and chose to address our student's behavior by creating an opportunity for teaching and learning to occur through the building of a relationship.
 
So, instead of calling our student into my office, I met the student in our cafeteria. During the visit, our food service lead introduced herself and explained some of the behind the scenes work that takes place in the cafeteria.  She also took the opportunity to describe the challenges she and her co-workers were facing feeding all our students in the midst of supply shortages and shipping delays.  She shared with us how hard her staff was working while being understaffed, and how his behavior had upset the entire food service team. 
 
Next, I took time to review our school-wide PRIDE expectations and how they related to the cafeteria setting.  At Red Mill Elementary, we expect our students to Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible at all times. Reviewing our PRIDE expectations was in line with our commitment to not only teach behavior expectations to students, but to provide them with the support they need to be successful in meeting those expectations.  
 
Having met the food service lead, I felt it was also important for our student to meet the other members of our food service staff.  As we walked through the kitchen, we didn’t discuss expectations or behavior, we simply used this time to make introductions and say hello. This was a very positive experience for our staff and I believe an eye-opening opportunity for our student.  
 
Since getting to know members of our food service staff and learning more about the work they do on a daily basis, our student has been respectful in the cafeteria line, continues to use good manners, and has exhibited gratitude to those serving and preparing his food.  
 
Relationships matter and unfortunately students don’t always have strong relationships with members of our support staff. This is an area we can all help improve by making a commitment to fostering relationships between students and staff, regardless of their job title or role in our school community. A simple introduction can go a long way toward building meaningful relationships, and open conversations can provide powerful learning opportunities to strengthen our community as a whole.  
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