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Free Meals

 

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires all School Food Authorities (SFAs) to inform families about the availability and location of free meals for students over the summer months through the Summer Food Service Program. This is required even if the SFA is not participating in the Summer Meals Program.

The LEA may fulfill the requirement of notifying the community of locations of summer meal sites, through one of the methods listed below. This may be accomplished through phone calls, flyers or other methods such as, posting on the SFAs website. 

Schools or families can use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer: 

·  Call 211 
·  Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre
·  Text  “MEALPA” to 877877 during the summer months 
·  Visit the website: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks   (note, this replaces the whyhunger.org website)
·  Use the site locator for smartphones - Rangeapp.org
For additional information about the Summer Food Service Program please contact Mary Ringenberg at mringenber@pa.gov or 717.783.6501.

 

 

SSO Waiver Extension

We are pleased to inform you that the USDA has extended the Seamless Summer Option Waiver through June 30, 2021.  Reimbursable breakfasts and lunches are designated as free for students enrolled in the Central Cambria School District through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.  Please encourage your child/children to take advantage of this.  However, even though the SSO waiver has been extended, the District must maintain its records as though it is a normal operating school year.  Therefore, it is important that your child’s/children’s true meal eligibility is reflected in our Skyward system.  If you feel you qualify for free or reduced meals, we encourage you to submit an application through Skyward or Compass.  If you are unable to complete an application through Skyward or Compass, you may request a paper application from any of the building secretaries.  Only one application per family is necessary.  Please note, Direct Certifications come directly from the State; therefore, no applications are necessary from families whose child/children already have Direct Certification eligibility.

 The District continues to offer free meals, including weekend meals, to the District’s Hybrid and VLI learners, as well as children within the Central Cambria School District (Cambria Township, Ebensburg Borough, and Jackson Township) through age 18.  Order forms for these meals can be found on the District website at www.cencam.org; Departments; Food Services.

Please note, ala-carte items and second breakfasts/lunches will be charged to your child’s/children’s meal accounts.  It is important to maintain a positive balance in your child’s/children’s meal accounts for those extras.  Students are not permitted to purchase ala-carte or second meals if their meal account is in the negative.  The Food Services Department is processing payments as normal.  Deposits in the form of check or money may be sent in an envelope indicating your child’s name, lunch number, and amount enclosed.  Elementary students are to hand their payment envelope to their homeroom teacher and secondary students are to deliver their payment envelope to the building office in which they attend. 

If you have any questions, please contact Janet Gillen, Federal Programs Secretary, at 814-749-8421, extension 5108, or email at jgillen@cencam.org.