Serving Education Every Day!
The staff of the State College Area School District Food Service Department work hard to make sure that healthy and delicious meals can be a part of your student’s school day. Whether your child will be learning in school or at home this year, we have options available for you. Explore our pages to learn more.
We believe that good nutrition is a key to learning. Our mission is to provide high quality, healthy school meals that support student growth and learning.
ACCOUNT BALANCES: If your child will not be returning to a SCASD school next year, please use this form to tell us how to handle their cafteria account balance. Balances can be refunded, transferred to a sibling, or donated to the SCASD Food Service Program. Donations are used to repay student IOUs and to provide funds for free meal eligible students who may need more food than is provided in the traditional meal.
Whether students are learning in school or at home, we are committed to ensuring that they have access to healthy food. With funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, meals served to all students in school are free of charge through the 2020-21 school year. Free meals for children engaged in full-remote or virtual learning can be ordered and picked up weekly. Learn more about Meals for Home here.
SUMMER MEALS: Meals will be available for all families to pick up between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Wednesdays through the summer. These meals, funded through the United States Department of Agriculture, are available for any child age 18 and younger. More information will be shared soon.
HAVE YOU HEARD THE GREAT NEWS!? School meals will be free of charge for all families again in the 2021-2022 school year. Read the USDA press release here.
Even though school meals are provided to ALL students free of charge for this school year, it is still important to apply for free or reduced price school meals if your family will need help when this program ends. Please apply now so that the transition back to the regular meal program is smooth. Apply for help paying for school meals - families with current income of less than $4,040 per month are eligible for meal benefits.
Thank you! Community donations allowed us to pay off all student IOUs last spring. All families started the 2020-21 school year without having to worry about money owed to the cafeteria.
Along with a dedicated group of SCASD faculty and staff volunteers, SCASD Food Services has prepared and distributed more than 970,000 free meals over the past year. School meals are the largest food security program in the United States. It is a gift to be able to continue to provide families with healthy food for their children even when schools are closed or for students who continue to learn at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"When families were encouraged to take advantage of the meal kits for their kids, what got me was the suggestion that school meals might provide some comfort and normality for your kids. I asked my son if he'd like to have school lunches and he said "YES!" before I even finished the sentence. I wish I had taken a picture of his face when the Italian Dunkers showed up. 🙂 I completely underestimated how much those lunches would help him feel like he was still connected to his school. These made our lives easier while my husband was laid off, but the emotional value of them was even greater. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone involved for making my kid feel a little less isolated."
SCASD School Lunches are Planned to be Delicious & NutritiousFederal nutrition standards ensure that school meals are well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed. The meals served in our schools include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat milk, and whole grains. And we take quality seriously. We cook from scratch and use "whole" foods as often as possible. We employ two certified chefs and train all of our staff to prepare food that looks and tastes great. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school meals!
Megan Schaper, Food Service Director
The State College Area School District will assess a $35.00 fee for all checks returned by the bank.
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