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Free and Reduced Price Meals

Free and Reduced Price Meals

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.

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.


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

  1. Visit Pay Schools and pay online with your credit card or PayPal account.
  2. 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**
  3. 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)
  4. 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, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: [email protected].

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.