Growing minds need fuel to remain focused and open to learning. To support the physical and educational needs of our students, FWCS Nutrition Services is adopting a new federal reimbursement program (Community Eligibility) for student meals.
FWCS will be offering breakfast and lunch in elementary and middle schools at no cost to families. This program will also include Ward Education Center.
High schools will not be adopting the new Community Eligibility program at this time. All high schools will continue to follow previously established Nutrition Services policies as we evaluate the impact of this change in the lower grade levels.
Important Points Regarding Community Eligibility and Nutrition Services:
- Free and reduced-price textbook applications forms must be completed for all students applying for free textbooks for the 2015-16 school year. This form can be completed online at www.schoollunchapp.com. Parents are welcome to visit Student Services in the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St., or FWCS Nutrition Services Center, 3211 Ludwig Road, for computer access. Please call Nutrition Services (467-2055) for further assistance.
- Free and reduced-price meal and textbook applications will need to be completed every year for all high school students desiring meal assistance.
- Although Elementary and Middle School students no longer pay for meals, they will have to pay for a second milk or milk for home-packed meals. Students can continue to use their prepaid meal account or pay at the time of purchase.
- All Smart Snack (a la carte) purchases in the middle and high schools will require payment at the point of sale.
- Parents/guardians will continue to be notified of low and negative balances in their high schools student's accounts.
Free- and Reduced-Priced Meal Applications
FWCS is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year beginning mid-July 2015.
A new application must be filed each school year to continue program eligibility.
Approved applicants can receive assistance for both meals and text book fees.
- Click here to view the USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines.
- Click here to access the Free and Reduces Meal Application
- Click here to access Helpful Application Information.
Please call Nutrition Services to receieve further instruction for filing an application or inquiring about eligibility.
FWCS meals served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are offered to students at the following prices:
- Elementary Breakfast: No Charge
- Elementary Lunch: No Charge
- Middle School Breakfast: No Charge
- Middle School Lunch: No Charge
- Ward Education Center: No Charge
- High School Breakfast: $1.20
- High School Lunch: $1.60
- A` la Carte Milk: $.50
- Adult Lunch: $2.80
Online Meal Payment
You can now pay for your students' meals online!
- Access MySchoolBucks.com by clicking the link.
- Things to know:
- From this site you will create your account and add money to your child's school meal account. All you need is your child's name, student ID number, and school ZIP code.
- If you have more than one child in the District you can handle all online prepayments from the same online account.
- Payments may be made through an existing PayPal account or with a major credit or debit card.
- In order to cover the bank costs associated with the online prepayment service, MySchoolBucks charges a convenience fee of $1.95 per transaction. Parents placing money into multiple meal accounts will only be assessed the $1.95 fee once per deposit transaction.
Other Payment Options
In addition to the new online payment system, Nutrition Services accepts cash and check as payment options for meals. We encourage students to put money on account at the beginning of the school year. Parents may specify how money on account is used - for meals & a la carte items or for meals only.
- Charges for a` la carte purchases are not permitted
- No charges are allowed. Cafeteria Managers will instruct students to borrow money from a friend or call his/her parent or guardian requesting money.
All unpaid charges at the end of the school year will remain on the student's account the next year - it is the parent's responsibility to pay these charges.