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Free and Reduced Price Meals

General Information:

As part of our participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) we are able to offer free and reduced price meals to students who qualify, based on income guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Federal regulations stipulate that families must file an application annually (either online or a paper application) at the beginning of the school year. Families are encouraged to re-apply at anytime during the school year if their income or household size changes. Eligible children can receive one full breakfast and one full lunch per day free of charge or at a reduced rate.

Eligibility from one school year is carried over into the next school year to allow time for families to re-apply. If a new application has not been received and approved by the cut-off date, 30 week days after school begins, eligibility for the program is forfeited and parents/caregivers are responsible for meal charges incurred.

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Applying for Free / Reduced Meal Benefits:

Families can apply online for free or reduced school meals at www.paschoolmeals.com.  If you are unable to complete an online application, you can request a "Meals and/or Special Milk Program Family Application" from Ms. Kelly Gethouas, Hill Top Academy Cafeteria Office, 405 East Winding Hill Road, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055 or phone 717-732-8436.  You can also pick up an application at the school.  


Direct Certification:

If you receive a letter from the CAIU Food Services stating that your child is directly certified for free meals, you do not need to complete an application. If you do not want your child to receive free meals, please contact Ms. Kelly Gethouas, Food Services Manager at (717) 732-8436 or kgethouas@caiu.org . 


When Will Services Begin?

Benefits will begin when your application is approved and you receive notice of acceptance. If you do not hear from us within 10 days, please call (717) 732-8436.  You are responsible for paying for meals until your application is approved.