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
         up an account at, (formerly ParentOnline), you can view and print your student account
         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?
         Parents can submit an application online at This free
         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
         at Price list will be posted under the School Food Service tab.
*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.