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2016-2017 FOOD SERVICES INFORMATION

Montessori Regional Charter School participates with the National School Lunch Program.

All households are either: FREE, REDUCED or PAYMENT DUE


2016-2017 PRICES

 FULL PAYREDUCED PRICE
BREAKFAST
$ 1.25
$ .30 cents
LUNCH
$ 2.70
$ .40 cents

  • Students eligible for FREE meals can receive a breakfast and lunch at no cost. 
  • A la carte milk or juice will not be served without funds available on payment account. 
    • Even if you qualify for FREE meals, a la carte milk is not free – you must take the entire meal or you must have funds available on your account.
  • RETURNING STUDENTS have the same benefit status as they did at the end of the previous school year for a limited grace period and should apply for 2016-2017 FREE or REDUCED benefits today to renew benefits.
  • INCOMING KINDERGARTEN households should plan on packing lunches until your letter of determination has been received from the school.
  • INCOMING KINDERGARTEN households are on PAYMENT DUE status since there is no previous history – BE SURE TO APPLY FOR BENEFITS – SEE NEXT STEP…


ONLINE FREE OR REDUCED BENEFIT APPLICATION

  • Please review the income guidelines for 2016-2017 as provided on the annual household letter – See chart in this section
  • We urge all parents to apply for FREE or REDUCED benefits by completing the application online at www.paschoolmeals.com
  • Parents will need to create an account to register  
    • Be sure to select Erie County and Montessori Regional CS as your school.  
    • You will need to list:
      • all household members, 
      • your gross household income and 
      • your social security number to determine your eligibility.
    • Once your benefit status is determined, MRCS will be notified and you will receive a determination letter.


FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year

2016-2017

Household size

Yearly

Monthly

Weekly

1

$21,978

1,832

$423

2

$29,637

$2,470

$570

3

$37,296

$3,108

$718

4

$44,955

$3,747

$865

5

$52,614

$4,385

$1,012

6

$60,273

$5023

$1,160

7

$67,951

$5,663

$1,307

8

$75,647

$6,304

$1,455

Each additional person:

$7,696

$642

$148 

 













SCHOOL CAFÉ PAYMENT ACCOUNT

REDUCED OR FULL PAY STATUSMUST SET UP A PAYMENT ACCOUNT

RETURNING STUDENTS - If you had a payment account last year, then you should still have an account this year.  Any end of school year account balances should have transferred over to this school year.

NEW STUDENTS - You will need your student’s Lunch ID# to set up a payment account.   Student ID#s will be on the top of your letter to household and your determination letter.  These will be distributed during the first 2 weeks of school.

Households that DO NOT APPLY for FREE or REDUCED benefit status must set up and load money on an account at www.schoolcafe.com.  



MRCS OPT-OUT FORM

If you do not want to participate in the school lunch program here at MRCS, you may OPT-OUT and decide to PACK LUNCHES for this school year. Please complete the MRCS OPT-OUT FORM marking either Breakfast or Lunch or BOTH for the meals you do not want your child to receive. We will place a BLOCK on your account for those meals for 2016-2017.


2016-2017 FOOD SERVICE GENERAL POLICIES

It is a parent’s responsibility to provide food for their child.  You may provide meals by one of the following methods:

  • Be sure to sign up for Free or Reduced Lunches if qualified,
  • Be sure to make funds available on the School Café account,
  • Pack a lunch from home and OPT-OUT of the school lunch program.

If student has no lunch and no funds available on your School Café prepaid account, student will receive a cheese sandwich and a notice to take home reminding you to load funds on your account.  

Returning student households that were on FULL PAY status at the end of last school year will be on FULL PAY status until they receive a new determination that they qualify for FREE or REDUCED meals.  

  • DO NOT SEND CASH OR CHECKS TO SCHOOL – please use the SCHOOL CAFÉ account provided to pre-pay online.
  • If you do not have computer access or a debit/credit card and cannot make online payments, you can drop off or mail a check or money order to the office at:

Montessori Regional Charter School
Food Services
3750 West 26th Street
Erie, PA  16506


MENUS AND MEAL CHOICES

  • Breakfast will be “Grab and Go” and is provided each morning as students arrive in the classroom.
  • Menus will be posted on our website on a monthly basis.
  • Students will pre-order their Lunch entrée selection each morning in their classroom
  • Lunch is made up of 5 healthy components which are protein, vegetable, milk, fruit or juice, and bread.  Students must take 3 of the 5 components (one of which must be a fruit or vegetable) to receive a free, reduced or paid lunch price meal.  
  • Breakfast consists of 4 components of which the student must take at least 3 (with one being a fruit or vegetable) to receive a free, reduced or paid lunch price meal.  
  • Milk will also be available for $.50 if there are funds available on your payment account – MRCS DOES NOT ACCEPT CASH – this will need to be pre-paid online through your account.
  • We do not substitute milk preferences at school.  If your student does not drink milk, he/she may choose another dietary component or get a cup for water from the fountain.

If you have any questions, please email foodservice@mrcserie.org


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