Free School Meals

Perkins Students To Receive Free Meals
Posted on 09/15/2020
Cafeteria Lunch at PHSGood news for Perkins Pirates: All students in Grades K-12 at Perkins Local Schools now qualify for free breakfasts and lunches through December 31.

Karen Wells, Perkins Schools Director of Food Service, received notification this week from the Ohio Department of Education of the change.

The free meals are part of the National School Lunch Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure students receive nutritious meals in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Perkins Local Schools families do not need to do anything to get the free meals – students only will be charged for extras and optional items, such as a second drink or snacks.

Students must take the FULL meal, which includes three of the five components of a meal – a meat or meat alternative, bread or pasta, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable, and milk. If a fruit or vegetable are not taken, the students' accounts will be charged à la carte prices.

For breakfast, each plate must have at least three items and one item must be a fruit.  Four items must be offered to students each breakfast. If the plate does not contain these items, the student will be charged à la carte pricing; if more than four components are taken, extras will be charged.

Also, because the free meals currently are only offered through December 31, Perkins Schools encourages families to complete the Free and Reduced Meal applications now. The application is available in families’ PaySchool accounts (if parents or guardians have questions about PaySchools, please call 877-393-6628.)

The free meals are only through December 31. On January 1, the eligibility information on file with the school district will determine their students’ meal prices. Perkins students who filled out the form and were eligible the previous year will only continue to receive free or reduced-price lunches until the end of September in the new school year.

After this deadline, parents will be responsible for meal charges until they submit a new form. The Federal program does not provide free milk for students packing their lunch, only the full lunch itself.

More information about Perkins Schools meal programs is available here.