Lisa Robison - Food Services Supervisor
Bonnie Telinda - Assistant Supervisor of Food Services
Gerri Gill - Office Personnel
Exciting things are happening in Northwest Local School Cafeterias! Beginning August 19, 2021 the NWLSD Food Service Department will serve free meals to all children, through June 30, 2022. This will help ensure – no matter what the situation is – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Pre-K virtual learners and all K-12 students that are in-person and virtual. Children need healthy meals to learn and excel. All schools also participate in a Fruit & Vegetable delivery program allowing for greater variety and fresh, new options. Our delicious meals incorporate whole grains, low fat dairy and low sodium products at an affordable price. Check out our menus! Our snack options are nutritious as well! All snack options meet the Alliance for Healthier Generation guidelines. Only snacks meeting certain criteria are offered in our district
Free and Reduced Price Meals
Northwest Local Schools Food Service Department participates in the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. Beginning July 1, 2021 the NWLSD Food Service Department will serve free meals to all children, through June 30, 2022. This will help ensure – no matter what the situation is – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Pre-K and all K-12 students that are in-person and attending Northwest Online School. Pre-K students will be required to pick up meals weekly (*see Northwest Online School Meal Pickup instructions below).
NWLSD’s funding to offer free meals is through the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. They will be extending several nationwide waivers through the end of June 2022, or until available funding runs out. This includes allowing all meals to be served at no cost, permitting meals to be served outside of the typically-required group settings and meal times (ex: virtual learner meals to go), and allowing parents and guardians (with valid student ID) to pick-up meals for their children
We STRONGLY encourage parents and guardians to fill out the free & reduced application found here www.payschoolscentral.com in order to determine whether you qualify for school instructional fee waivers and/or the P-EBT cards. This application is NOT required to receive free meals.
Application forms can be found online at https://payschoolscentral.com/. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out and submit the application online. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. A copy of the application can also be found by clicking on the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application on this website. One application should be used for all children living in the same household. It is not necessary to complete an application for each child. If you are interested in applying for free or reduced price meals, please complete an online application or return a completed paper application to any Northwest Local School your child attends.