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Dear Parent/Guardian:
 
Welcome back to the 2023–2024 school year. The cafeteria staff is committed to serving nutritious and well-balanced meals
that meet or exceed the state guidelines. Governor Healey and the state have signed the bill for ALL students to receive free
breakfast and lunch for the 23–24 school year. This benefit will expire on June 30, 2024.

 
MEAL SERVICE: Each school will be offering breakfast and lunch to ALL students. Please see the menus for serving times.
 
PRICING: ALL meals are FREE to ALL students for this school year, ending June 30, 2024. If students want a second meal,
The cost will be: Plains School lunch cost $2.35; Mosier & Middle cost $2.60; and the High School cost $2.85. Snacks and ala cart items will be offered to the students. There is NO charging of these items; they must have cash or money for lunch
account.

 
FREE & REDUCED APPLICATIONS: While ALL students will receive free meals this school year, if you want to
participate in other programs/benefits offered by the state, then you will need to fill out a free and reduced meals application if
You are NOT directly certified through the state. If you receive a letter from the lunch program stating that your child/student is
“direct certified” for either free or reduced-price meals, you DO NOT need to fill out an application. If your child/student
qualified for free or reduced-price meals in the past and you did NOT receive a direct certified letter this school year, you
should fill out a new application. To clarify, if families want to participate with other benefits provided by the state and you are
NOT direct certified, then a free & reduced meals application MUST be submitted. Direct, certified letters will be emailed. To
To avoid interruption with your child's benefits, a new application MUST be submitted prior to the end of the 30 days (October 13, 2023).

If you have submitted an application for free and reduced meals for your household, you will be notified of the status once we
complete the review. Please be patient while we process applications.

 
COMPLETE LUNCH: PLEASE let your students know that even though all meals are free this school year, they MUST
take a complete meal, or they will be charged the full amount. Every lunch offers the 5 components of a reimbursable
lunch: meat/meat alternate, grain, vegetable, fruit and milk. Every student must take at least 3 of the 5 components of the
lunch to be considered reimbursable and 1 of those items MUST be either a fruit or vegetable. If a student refuses to take
either the fruit or vegetable, they will be charged at the ala carte rate which is more expensive than the current lunch prices.

 
LUNCH PAYMENTS: The lunch program will continue to be “cash-less” this year! Checks can be mailed in or dropped off at
the main office and we will make the deposit into student’s accounts. If cash is the only option, all funds will be deposited,
change will not be given back to avoid contamination and slowing down the serving line. We STRONGLY encourage that all
students (parent/ guardian) consider depositing money into their accounts electronically by using
www.myschoolbucks.com.
Simply login in and follow the user-friendly prompts. After you register for an account, you will be able to make deposits into
your student’s account, as well as monitor the balance, and history of purchases from the previous 90 days. If at any time you
would like to know your child’s balance, you may speak with the cafeteria manager or contact the Food Service Office at 534-1995 or email Matt Hoagland at
mhoagland@shschools.com or Cindy Roy at croy@shschools.com.

LUNCH BALANCES: ALL student balances are carried forward each year. If there are funds on their account, they can use
them for snacks, extra meals, ala carte items etc.… If there is a negative balance, please make every effort to clear them out.

Please contact the food service office if you have any questions referring students’ balances.

We look forward to serving your child with high quality and nutritious school meals.

Sincerely, Matt Hoagland

Free and Reduced Meal