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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.

 

Visit pittsburghfoodbank.org/summeryouthcafe, call 2-1-1 or text "Food" to 877-877 for more information. 

 
 
Food Service 2021 - 2022 Update:
 

We are pleased to inform you that Central Cambria School District will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) in the 2021-2022 school year.  This program is available to schools and districts as part of the waivers issued by USDA on April 20, 2021.

 All enrolled students of Central Cambria School District are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch each school day at no charge to your household.

 No further action is required of you.  Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without paying a fee or submitting an application.  However, the District is encouraging households to apply in order to maintain its records as though it is a normal operating school year.  Here are some reasons why:  For those who may be newly eligible for P-EBT summer or SY 21-22 benefits; for use of carryover of benefits in the 2022-2023 school year; or for students who attended a CEP school in SY 2020-2021 and move to a non-CEP school in SY 2021-2022 (CCSD is a non-CEP school).  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.

Please note, effective the first day of school August 26th, bundled meals will not be permitted for weekends and holidays during the 2021-2022 SY.  Students attending in-person instruction will not be eligible for bundled meals, nor will bundled meals be offered to the community as we have in the past.  Bundled meals will only be available to District enrolled students who are attending CC’s Cyber Academy or to students as a whole in the case of an emergency shutdown. 

Ala-carte items (which include second breakfast/lunches) will be charged to your child’s/children’s meal account(s).  It is important to maintain a positive balance in your child’s/children’s meal account(s) 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 will be processing payments, but there will be no cash-on-hand.  Deposits in the form of a check or cash 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 deposit their payment envelope in the red Food Service box(es) on the serving lines.

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