Food Service


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FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the Nationwide memorandum “COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #56” allowing for the continuation of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) as late as December 31, 2020 or as long as funding is available. USDA extended the flexibility to support schools that have reopened or are reopening with a non-traditional learning model such as full-remote/virtual learning, or a hybrid of in-person and remote/virtual learning. This extension was granted to maintain access to nutritious meals while minimizing the potential for contracting and spreading COVID-19. The waiver flexibility allows for the safe provision of meals by eliminating the need to collect meal payments and facilitates the meal distribution process, which reduces contact between program operators and participants. 

What this means for families and students of Leicester Public Schools:

  • All students will receive Free Breakfast and Lunch, regardless if they are learning in person or accessing meals through the remote meal pick up on Wednesdays.

  • We will still be asking those students learning in-person to use their ID cards to access their meal account. This allows us to scan and record meals, and keep up with student allergies. Grade PK-4 students will order meals in the morning with their teacher and Grades 5-12 will access the meals through our meal lines, and breakfast will be available as grab and go for all students, at all schools.

  • During in-person days, if your student has had breakfast at home, the items for that particular day can be saved for a snack at home or for the next morning’s breakfast.

     

  • For families wishing to pick up remote meals on Wednesdays please watch for our weekly email allowing you to sign up and select your desired pick up time. Due to ordering timelines for vendors, we ask for all sign-ups to be completed by Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

We are encouraging families to continue to apply for free/reduced priced meals as this continuation expires on December 31, 2020, at which time students will be charged according to how your family/student qualifies. Full price Breakfast is $1.50 and Lunch $3.00; Reduced price Breakfast is $0.30 and Lunch $0.40.

If you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance to your family please reach out to me at cascionel@lpsma.net or call 508-892-7030 x1190.

As always thank you for your support!

Laurie Cascione, Director of Food Services



IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT P-EBT CARDS- All Massachusetts families with school aged children who qualify for free or reduced price school meals under the National School Lunch Program are eligible for P-EBT benefits. Households will receive $5.70 per eligible student per day ($28.50/week) for period when school has been closed. Families receiving DTA benefits will see these funds added to existing EBT card, while those families not actively receiving DTA benefits will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, for each eligible student in the household. The PIN for each card is the identified student’s year of birth. Once you get the card, do not throw it away, as additional funds will be added through the school year, and may continue for extended period. P-EBT benefits can be used at any store that accepts SNAP, and most retailers have signs stating they accept SNAP or EBT. Benefits will carry over from month to month, and will be available for a year.

For more information, contact Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333 (TTY 800-1292). The hotline is open Monday-Friday 8 am- 7 pm, and Saturday 10 am-2 pm.

Project Bread P-EBT Fact sheet
Help with P-EBT Card use



Laurie Cascione, Director of Food Services
508-892-7030 X1190
cascionel@lpsma.net


Wendy Harmon, High School Cafe Manager
508-892-7030 X 1262

Valerie Thompson, Middle School Cafe Manager
508-892-7055 Option #3

Robyn Griffith, Elementary School Cafe Manager
508-892-7050 X115



School Lunch Prepayment System

Leicester Food Services uses www.myschoolbucks.com for a lunch prepayment system. Your login and password remain the same and your information was automatically transferred. For the notification of low balances through email you will have to log into the myschoolbucks website and set this information yourself.


Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 
 
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
 
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. 
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider 

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Nutrition Newsletters

2020-2021 Free and Reduced Lunch Application Information
Please note *You can apply at anytime throughout the school year*
If you need help filling out an application contact: 
Laurie Cascione 508-892-7030 x1190 or Cascionel@lpsma.net

**Please fill out BOTH the Free and Reduced Lunch Application AND the Sharing Information with other School Programs, both forms must be filled out in order for you to be considered for fee waivers**

WIC and SNAP Benefits

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