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. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year if there is a change in a family’s income (ex. loss of job, furlough, etc.). 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.