Food ServicesUpper Merion Area Middle School610-205-8814Welcome to Food Service 2019-2020
On these pages you can find breakfast and lunch menus and answers to many of your Food Service questions.
Applying for the National School Lunch Program
If we know your student(s) will be free for the year (via a confidential state matching system called “Direct Certification”) we send out emails and letters telling you that in August. If you receive an email or letter in the US Mail from Food Service that says your student(s) will be free or reduced you should NOT fill out an application.
We are paperless with the Free & Reduced Lunch & Breakfast Program. To fill out an application for the Free and Reduced Lunch and Breakfast Program please go to www.schoolcafe.com . You will have to set up a new account and then fill out the application.
You can apply on your computer or your smartphone. If you apply on your smartphone you can apply, submit and track your application status right on your smartphone. If you apply on the computer you will get an email back from the office telling you your student(s) designation within a day or two. Food Service uses the primary email that you list on your Student Information Update for all communication about applications, balances, and anything else we need to contact you about. PLEASE make sure the School District has your up-to-date email address at all times. If there is no email address associated with your household we will send you the letter in the US Mail.
If your student(s) was free or reduced last year and if we haven’t Directly Certified or received an application from you for the 2019-20 school year, your student(s) will be changed to paid (meaning they will need to start paying for their meals) on Oct 10, 2019. Please make sure you get an application in by then or your student will start accruing charges that will need to be paid.
The main office of your student’s school has English and Spanish applications for households without internet or smartphone access. If you need an application in any other language please contact the Food Service office at 610-205-8814.
Managing Your Student’s Breakfast and Lunch Money
Can Also Be Done at www.schoolcafe.com
You will need to set up an account on either your computer or on your smartphone. Note that there is no charge to set up the account. With this account, you can:
- See what your student is eating and set any restrictions on a la carte items you may want (please note that you can not restrict access to full meals on the website and must call 610-205-8804 with questions about doing that)
- Set up low balance alerts and automatic payments
- Add money to student accounts- by credit or debit card- please note that there is a $1.95 transaction fee to add money to an account in this way, and that the transaction limit is $100.
Please note that your student can bring cash or check to the cafeteria and there is no transaction fee involved with this method and no transaction limit.
Breakfast- Elementary = $2.50- Reduced price = $0.30
Breakfast- Middle and High = $2.75- Reduced price = $0.30
Lunch Elementary = $3.00- Reduced price = $0.40
Lunch - Middle and High = $3.25- Reduced price= $0.40
Please Read on for Additional Important Food Service Information…
The Food Service Department’s primary goal is to provide your child with healthy, attractive, and tasty meals which comply with all state and federal nutritional guidelines and regulations.
Following the standards of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, most of our grain based products such as bread, pizza crusts, and sub rolls are whole grain rich, all milk is low-fat or fat free and we do not fry any foods. Please strongly encourage your child to take complete balanced meals that include fruits, vegetables, and milk.
Starting off the day with a good breakfast helps your child stay alert and focused in class which improves academic performance. Please remember that a complete breakfast is available at every school. Check the website for menus.
The monthly menu is posted on the district website and are also posted on each school’s web page and on Sapphire (for Middle and High Schools). This menu lists the daily special for the month. The Food Service Department plans to have a couple of special meals this year, so please stay tuned for upcoming information about those.
There are six choices for every lunch at the Elementary Schools and even more choices at both the Middle and High Schools. Milk, vegetable, and fruit are always included in the cost of a complete meal. In addition, we have many “a la carte” items that students may purchase separately at additional cost. These items all meet the “Smart Snack” guidelines put out by the USDA.
No snacks or a la carte items may be charged at any schools. Students must have money on account or cash in hand for those items. However, if a student has no money and wants to get a complete meal they may do that and the meal will be charged to their account and payment will be expected. Pennsylvania law prohibits Food Service from discussing money owed by a student directly to them (unless they ask or are in High School) so we now direct all communications about money owed by students to households via email, letter and phone calls. PLEASE be aware of your students account and what they owe and help us to keep balances owed to Food Service to a minimum.
Food Service will be available at all “Back to School Nights” so please stop by if you have any questions we can answer for you.
The UMASD Food Service Department is here to serve the students, so please feel free to contact me anytime with compliments, concerns, questions, or suggestions at 610-205-8804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great 2019-20 school year!
Penny Bartlett, Food Service Supervisor
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.Our Staff:
Penny Bartlett, Food Service Supervisor - 610-205-8804 email@example.com
Dorothann White, Food Service Specialist - 610-205-8814 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Davis, High School Kitchen Manager - 610-205-3814 email@example.com
Maureen Johnson, Middle School Kitchen Manager - 610-205-8813 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Moore, Candlebrook Kitchen Manager - 610-205-3704 email@example.com
Stephanie Ottey, Bridgeport Kitchen Manager- 610-205-3604 firstname.lastname@example.org
Romeo Valdeviezo, Roberts Kitchen Manager - 610-205-3754 email@example.com
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