School Food Service Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
*What constitutes a school lunch and what is my child required to take to make a complete school lunch?
Octorara Area School District follows the traditional school lunch pattern with
Offer vs. Serve Option. The traditional school lunch pattern requires School Food
Service Departments to offer the following menu options. Offer vs. Serve requires
the student to take at least three (3) of the five (5) menu options. In addition every
student must take at least one (1) fruit or vegetable to make their meal complete. 1 Serving of meat or meat alternative
2 Servings of fruit and/or vegetables
1 Serving of bread or bread alternative
1 Serving of Milk
*How will I know when my child needs more money in their account?
Cashiers remind students when their account balance reaches $5.00. Students are
then reminded on a daily basis until their account is replenished. Also by setting
information. School Cafe will allow you to set up email reminders to remind
you when your student’s account is getting low.*How many snacks are students allowed to purchase?
We do not limit the amount of snacks a student may buy. If we determine the
student is buying an excessive amount of snacks we may call home to verify
that you are aware of what your student is spending. If a parent requests, we
are able to put an alert on the account which states NO SNACKS.*How does a parent apply for free/reduced meals?
service enables families to receive program benefits faster. Your application is
electronically submitted directly to the Food Service Department once you complete
it and hit submit. Please make sure you check for any errors before submitting and
once you hit the submit button make sure it is not rejected. If you are unable to apply
online you must contact the Food Service Department for further instructions
on how to apply.
*Will any other student know if my child is on the Free and Reduced Meal Program?
No, each child uses their individual student ID number at the point of sale. Federal
law prohibits overtly identifying a student by his/her meal eligibility.*What are the prices for breakfast, lunch and individual food items?
Please see the current price list posted on the Octorara Area School District website *Where can we find nutritional information for the breakfast and lunches?
Nutritional information on specific items can be obtained from the Food
Service Office or the Food Service webpage. Please note nutritional
information is updated yearly and the current year’s info may not be updated
until October of that school year.
*What if my child forgets to bring his/her lunch money?
We allow students in grades K-6 to charge a total of 4 complete lunches, we do not
permit any students to charge breakfast, milk or any snack items. If your student
has charged the 4 lunches and has still not brought in money we will provide them
with a cheese sandwich and white milk and charge the students account $1.00. As
long as a student has an outstanding balance we do not permit them to buy snacks
or ala carte items. Students in grades 7-12 are permitted to charge one lunch only.
Repayment is expected the next day. Please note, some students will not be allowed
to charge full priced meals due to non payment or extreme lateness of payments.