• August 2018

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    The cafeteria is open and ready to serve your child.  We will be serving breakfast and lunch everyday. The cafeteria serves a healthy breakfast and lunch following State and National guidelines.

    As part of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program we are obligated to follow all regulations as set forth by law.  The law we are required to follow is the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.  The law stipulates the serving sizes, calories and nutritional guidelines and pertains to all food offered for sale during the school day.   We are also required to follow the smart snack rule which went into effect July 1, 2014.  The Smart Snacks Rule limits the snacks we can sell and prohibits us from allowing a student to purchase a second meal at the meal cost.  A student may still purchase items to make a second meal but all items for that second meal will have to be charged individually which will be higher than the meal cost. 

    The law mandates that each student buying a breakfast or lunch must select a fruit or vegetable to go with their meal or we are required to charge them individual prices for every item on their tray.  If a student does not select a fruit or vegetable they will be charged more money than what a meal normally cost and if they receive free or reduced breakfast or lunch they will not be able to receive their meal at the free or reduced status unless they select a fruit or vegetable. We encourage all students to take a full meal.  We are required to offer milk with every meal; however your student does not have to select the milk. If they do not select the milk Federal Regulations does not permit us to offer another drink in its place.  They may purchase another drink if they wish to do so. 

     The breakfast and lunch prices for this school year are as follows:

                K – 6                           Breakfast $1.40                      Lunch $2.80

                7 – 12                          Breakfast $1.65                      Lunch $3.00

                Bottle of Milk              $0.60

    We will not be sending home the applications for the free/reduced meals this year.  The application can be found online at www.schoolcafe.com.  If for some reason you are unable to access the website please call Linda Neff at 610-593-8238 ext 3581 for information on how to proceed.  Please note a new application must be filled out every year unless you have already received a letter from my office dated July 1, 2018 or later than a new application is not required.  We cannot give any child a free or reduced price lunch without a current application on file. However we will charge their account and you will be responsible for clearing the negative balance.

     Please be advised that all students must use their ID cards or id numbers in order to purchase any items from the cafeteria.  No student may use another student’s account.  We are strongly encouraging all students to remember their pin numbers or carry their cards.  Students who know their pin number or carry their card help to make the lunch lines run much faster and gives your students more time to enjoy their meal.

    Snacks will be offered on a limited basis in the PLC, OES and OIS beginning September 4, 2018.  SNACKS ARE NOT PART OF THE FREE/REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM.  The Junior and Senior High will offer snacks beginning the 1st day of school.  Please be advised that a student must have money in their account or money with them that day to buy a snack.  We do not let any students charge snack/a la carte items or milkNor do we allow a student to buy a snack if they currently owe the cafeteria money. 

     Students in ALL grades will be permitted to charge meals when they do not have money in their account or money with them to pay for the meal.  IF YOU DO NOT WISH FOR YOUR STUDENT TO HAVE THE OPTION OF CHARGING MEALS, THEN YOU MUST CONTACT THIS OFFICE AT 610-593-8238 EXT 3581.   Negative balance reminders will be sent by email or home with the child.  You may also sign up for automatic notifications at schoolcafe.com. 


    Menus will be available online at www.octorara.k12.pa.us.


    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.



    Linda Neff

    Food Service Director

    610-593-8238  ext.3581


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