Northwest Local Schools Food Service Department participates in the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. Through this program, free or reduced-cost meals are available to children whose families meet certain income criteria. 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.
Who can get Free or Reduced Price Meals?
Children in households receiving government assistance such as SNAP or TANF benefits, foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway students can get free meals regardless of income. Also, if your household income is within the limits established by the USDA, your children can receive free or reduced price meals.
Four Ways to Pay
- Visit Pay Schools and pay online with your credit card or PayPal account.
- Give a check made payable to your child’s school cafeteria to the cashier in the school cafeteria. **Please put student’s name and ID number on the check**
- Give cash (preferably in an envelope with student’s name and ID number on it) to the cashier in the school cafeteria. (available at the high schools only)
- Mail a check made payable to your child’s school cafeteria to the school cafeteria.
About Free and Reduced Price Meals
Northwest Food Service is self-supporting, meaning no tax revenues fund the department. All costs, including equipment, repairs, food, supplies, and salaries are paid via revenues from students and staff members purchasing a school meal and by federal reimbursement generated from the National School Lunch Program.
Should you have any questions regarding the Department, including the National School Lunch Program, you may contact Lisa Robison, Food Services Supervisor, at 522-6700.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.