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    UMASD
    Food Services
     
    Upper Merion Area Middle School
    610-205-8814

     

    A NOTE ABOUT COVID AND FOOD SERVICE

    COVID has forced UMASD Food Services to make many changes.  The Food Services pages of the UMASD website will soon have our menus and meal distribution info entitled “Meals for Students during Virtual Learning 20-21 School Year”.  Our goal is to serve tasty and nutritious meals while keeping students and staff safe.   

    To visit the Food Services Department page of the district website go to UMASD.org, then click on “Departments”, then click on “Food Services”, then click on “Food Service Information”.

    BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ARE FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS AGED 0-18 UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2020-  be sure to take advantage of this!


    Applying for the National School Lunch Program

    You do  not have to apply for the National School Lunch Program until January, 2021 because all students are FREE until December 31, 2020.  However,  you may do it now so you are all set when the New Year arrives.

    If your household income has decreased due to COVID19 and you have never applied for the Lunch and Breakfast Program in the past, PLEASE fill out an online application before January, 2021 and within 24 hours you will find out if your students are free, reduced or paid based on household size and income. 

    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 AugustIf 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.  

    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

    No Money is needed for ANY household, for ANY children until January, 2021.

    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.

    To avoid this fee and transaction limit you may send a check to us made out to “Upper Merion Food Service” at:  Upper Merion Food Service, Upper Merion Middle School, 450 Keebler Rd., King of Prussia, PA, 19406.


    Meal Pricing

    No meals will be charged until January, 2021.

    Meal Regular Price Reduced Price
    Breakfast - Elementary Schools 

    $2.50

    $0.30
    Breakfast - Middle and High Schools $2.75

    $0.30

    Lunch - Elementary Schools $3.00

    $0.40

    Lunch - Middle and High Schools $3.25

    $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.

    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. 

    Monthly menus are posted on the district website and are also posted on each school’s web page and on Sapphire (for Middle and High Schools).

    If a student has no money on account 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 student’s account and what they owe and help us to keep balances owed to Food Services to a minimum. 

    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 pbartlett@umasd.org.

    Have a great 2020-21 school year! 

    Penny Bartlett, M.S.,R.D., L.D.,  Food Service Supervisor

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.