Kristy Peterson - Food Service Director
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School Meal APPLICATION and Information - UPDATED for 2022-2023
Frequently Asked Questions:
Free and Reduced Meal APLICATIONS need to be completed each school year. If you do not submit a new application or you are not directly certified by New York State, the previous year benefits will expire after 30 school days into the new school year. You will be responsible for any meal purchases until a new application is submitted.
Applications need to be completed every year on the current school year form (2022-2023).
Please fill out one application per household. Be sure to include all students who attend Chateaugay Central School in grades Pre-k through 12th grade, including the UPK, IPK and the 3PK programs.
When using a SNAP, TANF or FDPIR case number, provide the case number from your benefit letter not the number listed on your benefit card. If you do not have this information, please call your case worker for assistance.
You may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year.
Please return applications by mail or in person to:
Chateaugay Central School Attn: Mary Legacy 42 River Street P O Box 904 Chateaugay, NY 12920 518-497-6611 ext. 2301
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Important Update to the Free/Reduced Lunch Program
My School Bucks
You can log into your school lunch account by clicking the icon above, or CLICK HERE.
There will be a convenience charged fee per transaction.
Payment methods accepted:
Parents may fund up to $120 per student, but a family may pay for all of their students on a single transaction.
Due to legal requirements, we are unable to transfer automatic e-mail notifications.
Families that qualify to receive SNAP Assistance are “categorically eligible” (automatically eligible) for free school meals and can be certified without submitting an application through the School District. Categorically eligible students include:
Children who live in a household that participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and in certain instances, Medicaid.
Foster youth, migrant, homeless, or runaway youth, and Head Start participants.
Chateaugay Central School District Meal Charge and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming Policy (click to expand)
The goal of the Chateaugay Central School District is to provide student access to nutritious noor low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a pupil whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a pupil whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees.
Unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our school. The purpose of this policy is to insure compliance with federal requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and, to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances to ensure that the student is not stigmatized, distressed or embarrassed.
The intent of this policy is to establish procedures to address unpaid meal charges throughout the Chateaugay Central School District in a way that does not stigmatize, distress or embarrass students. The provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced reimbursable school breakfast, lunch and snack meals only. The Chateaugay Central School District provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their money. Charging of items outside of the reimbursable meals (a la carte items, adult meals, etc.) is expressly prohibited.
Free Meal Benefit - Free eligible students will be allowed to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal of their choice each day. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
Reduced Meal Benefit - Reduced eligible students will be allowed to receive a breakfast of their choice for $.25 and lunch of their choice for $.25 each day. A student will be allowed to charge a maximum of five(5) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student's parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
Full Pay Students - Students will pay for meals at the school's published paid meal rate each day. A student will be allowed to charge a maximum of five (5) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student's parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
ONGOING STAFF TRAINING:
Staff will be trained annually and throughout the year as needed on the procedures for managing meal charges using the NYSED Webinar or the school's training program.
Staff training includes ongoing eligibility certification for free or reduced price meals.
Parents/guardians will be notified that a student's account balance is exhausted within 5 days and then every 7 days/week thereafter.
Parents/guardians will be notified that a student has accrued meal charges within 7 days of the charge and then every 7 days/week thereafter.
Staff will communicate with parents/guardians with five or more meal charges to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals.
School staff will make two documented attempts to reach out to parents/guardians to complete a meal application in addition to the application and instructions provided in the school enrollment packet.
School staff will contact the parent/guardian to offer assistance with completion of meal application to determine if there are other issues within the household causing the child to have insufficient funds, offering any other assistance that is appropriate.
MINIMIZING STUDENT DISTRESS:
School will not publicly identify or stigmatize any student on the line or discuss any outstanding meal debt in the presence of any other students.
Students who incur meal charges will not be required to wear a wristband or hand-stamp, or to do chores or work to pay for meals.
Schools will not throw away a meal after it has been served because of the student's inability to pay for the meal or because of previous meal charges.
Schools will not take any action directed at a pupil to collect unpaid school meal fees.
Schools will deal directly with parents/guardians regarding unpaid school meal fees.
ONGOING ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATION:
School staff will conduct direct certification with NYSSIS or using NYSED Roster Upload at least monthly to maximize free eligibility.
School staff will provide parents/guardians with free and reduced price application and instructions at the beginning of each school year in school enrollment packet.
Schools using electronic meal application will provide an explanation of the process in the school enrollment packet and instructions on how to request a paper application at no cost.
Schools will provide at least two additional free and reduced price applications throughout the school year to families identified as owing meal charges.
Schools will use administrative prerogative judiciously, only after using exhaustive efforts to obtain a completed application from the parent/guardian only with available information on family size and income that falls within approvable guidelines.
Schools will coordinate with the foster, homeless, migrant, runaway coordinators at least monthly to certify eligible students.
Students/Parents/Guardians may pay for meals in advance via mySchoolBucks.com or with a check payable to CCS or Chateaugay Central School District. Further details are available on our web-page at www.chateauagycsd.org. Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the possibility that a child may be without meal money on any given day. Any remaining funds for a particular student may/will be carried over to the next school year.
Refunds for withdrawn, and graduating students; a written or e-mailed request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. Students who are graduating at the end of the year will be given the option to transfer to a sibling's account with a written request.
Unclaimed Funds must be requested within one school year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Chateaugay Central School Food Service Program.