Public Release for Free & Reduced Price School Meals
Food Services Provide Nutritious Meals
Telephone: (269) 948-4417
Cost: Breakfast $1.70 • Lunch $2.90
Milk $0.50 • Fruit or Vegetable $0.50
Adult Lunch $4.00
Matt Moore, Food Service Director
Hastings Area Schools serves well over 225,000 Type A meals each year, plus a snack bar and a la carte items. We offer over four entrees per day in all schools. This provides a good healthy choice for each child. We also offer snack bars in the Middle and High schools for those students who want something extra for lunch. Not all snack bar items are sold in both schools. Breakfast is offered each morning! We offer cereal, juice, muffins, pop tarts, string cheese, fruit, graham crackers, and milk. If your child receives a free or reduced price meal, he/she will receive the same benefit for breakfast.
Debit card payment system: We use a computerized debit system for payment of all items. Parents can pay online with a debit or credit card or send in cash, check, or money order in advance for their student’s meals. Payments can be made for a week, two weeks, or even a month. The amount is put on a computerized system for your student’s account that corresponds to a picture identification card which is used for all purchases. Parents can request a list of items their child has selected for meals and snacks
– it’s a great way to keep track of what your child is eating. This is a debit card system, not a credit card. Notes are sent home when the amount of money on the debit card is getting low. It is very important for the speed of the lunch line for students to use their ID cards. This also helps take care of any problems with accounts. The picture ID cards are used for all students, free, reduced cost meals, and full payment.
Applications for free or reduced price meals are available online and will be sent home on the first day of school. Please fill out online or return as soon as possible with complete information. The debit card system also allows for anonymity of students who receive free or reduced-price meals. Snack bar items are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Please Note: All Hastings Area School buildings function under a closed campus policy. Students are expected to remain on school grounds during the lunch period. Lunchtime is an important time for children. They need nourishment to give them the zest for learning and fun that’s in store for them in the active school day! Hastings Area Schools intend to provide food served with care so that students can benefit physically and emotionally.
Hastings Area School System announces its policy for free and reduced-price school meals for children unable to pay the full price for meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. The following household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility:
*Amount to add for each additional household member.
Application forms can be completed online and submitted, or the application will be sent to all homes with a letter to parents/ guardians. To apply for free and reduced-price school meals online, go to our website, www.hassk12.org and click on “For Parents” and then “Food Service Student Account.” You will log in using your food service username and password and follow the instructions. If you don’t know your login, please contact the secretary at your school or Erin Blakely at the Administration Office at (269)948-4400. Additional copies of the application form are available in the office of each school. Households should answer all questions on the form.
Non-Food Stamp Households: An application which does not contain all of the following information cannot be processed by the school: (1) the total income by source for each household member (such as wages, child support, etc.); (2) names of all household members; (3) social security number for the adult household member who signs the application; and (4) the signature fo a household member.
Food Stamp/ FIP/ PDPIR Households: If you currently receive food stamps, Family Independence Program (FIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits for your child, you only have to list your child’s name and Food Stamp or FIP/FDPIR case number and sign the application.
The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility, verifying data, or qualifying children for other federal and state programs, as authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture. The school or
other officials may verify applications at any time during the school year.
Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. If a household is not currently eligible but has a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or if a household member becomes unemployed, the household should fill out an application
at that time.
In most cases, Foster Children are eligible for these benefits regardless of the household’s income. If a household has foster children living with them, and they wish to apply for free or reduced-price meals for them, the household should contact the school for more information.
Under the provisions of the policy Erin Blakely, 232 West Grand Street, Hastings, MI 49058, (269)948-4400 will review applications and determine eligibility.
Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. The household also has the right to a fair hearing. This can be done by calling or writing Erin Blakely, 232 West Grand Street, Hastings, MI 49058, (269)948-4400.
Each school and the Administration Office have a complete policy which may be reviewed by any interested party.
Reapply: You may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year. If you lose your job, if your income decreases, if your family size increases or if you begin receiving Food Stamps or FIP/FDPIR, fill out an application at that time.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, to file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Directo, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866)632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339 or (800)877-8339 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
You will be informed of application approval or denial.
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