Free and Reduced Cost Meals
As you can see, both breakfast and lunch provide kids with healthy, tasty choices. This means that each of the nearly 9,200 students can eat a nutritious breakfast or lunch at school. It means that every day, in every kitchen, someone cooks, washes dishes, and cleans up the mess. It means that here, someone who might have gone hungry won’t. And it means that if you can’t be there to feed your kids, someone will. Isn’t that nice?
The TFSD takes advantage of federal programs that help provide nutritious meals at little or no cost. Eight of our schools, Bickel, Harrison, Lincoln, Morningside, Oregon Trail, Perrine, Bridge Academy, South Hills Middle School, and Magic Valley High School offer free lunch to all students through the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision. To qualify these schools had to certify that at least 40 percent of their students qualified for free meals under other programs.
If your student does not attend a school that provides free lunch but you still need assistance with school lunch costs, the Free and Reduced Meal Program might be an option. You can find an application for this program on the right-hand side of this page. If you would like information about the free breakfast program or the Free and Reduced meal program, please contact School Food Service at 733-0134 or fill out an application online. If you need information about the times that breakfasts are served at the schools, please contact the school your child attends.
What you need to know about Free and Reduced Lunch:
- New applications must be completed every school year.
- If your student attends a CEP School (Free Breakfast and Lunch) no application is necessary.
- If parents have students in non-CEP Schools as well as CEP Schools they will need to fill out an application.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
FFVP is an important tool in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. The Program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample. The various partnerships that FNS and state agencies have developed in the public and private sectors, as well as the dedicated work of school administrators, have contributed to the overall success and acceptance of the program. FFVP is consistent with the and supports the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s recommendations to provide healthier snack choices in schools. This program is offered through grant funding at Bickel, Harrison, Lincoln, Morningside, Oregon Trail, and Perrine elementary schools.
Unpaid Meal Charges Policy
Meal Charge Policy:
Twin Falls School District encourages and allows students to receive the nutrition they need to stay focused during the school day, minimize identification of children with insufficient funds to pay for meals and maintain the financial integrity of the nonprofit school food service account.
Twin Falls School District policy allows students to charge all available reimbursable meals.
Students who qualify for free meals may never be denied a meal, even if they have accrued a negative balance from other purchases in the cafeteria.
School Food Authority’s unpaid meal charges are considered “delinquent debt” and SFA must make reasonable efforts to collect meal charges, without negatively impacting the students involved, but instead, focusing on the adults responsible for providing funds for meal purchases.
- Once a week an email will go out informing parents their student’s lunch account balance, parents with a negative balance will also receive an automated phone call. This will all be done at the district level. Schools are allowed to send letters/ notes home with students regarding lunch balances as long as it is done in a discrete manner.
- Once a student’s account reaches a negative balance of $10.00 the kitchen staff from the school will make a personal phone call to the parent. At the High School level administrators may meet with students to discuss balances. Balances will be checked one a week and weekly phone calls will continue until step three is reached.
- Once a student’s account reaches a negative balance of $30.00 a letter will be sent on district letterhead and will request that the parent contact the school to set up a conference with the kitchen manager with the goal of setting up a payment plan designed to resolve the balance.
- Once a student’s account reaches a negative balance of $50.00, and the parent has demonstrated the plan is not going to be followed (or fails to respond); the account may be turned over to a collection agency. This will be left to the discretion of the Food Service Director and consideration whether the benefits of potential collections outweigh the costs incurred to achieve those collections.
Reclassifying Delinquent Debt as Bad Debt:
When local officials determine delinquent debt is uncollectable and no further collection efforts will be made by SFA, the debt must be reclassified as “bad debt”.
NSLP and SBP regulations require SFAs to “comply with the requirements to account for all revenues and expenditures of the nonprofit school food service” and to “meet the requirements for the allow ability of the nonprofit school food service expenditures in accordance with his part and 2 CFR 200, Subpart E 7 CFR 210.19(a)(1) and 7 CFR 220.12(i). Therefore, expenditures from the NSFSA must meet the standards for allowable costs set out in the Federal cost principals at 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E.
Section 200.426 of the subpart states “Bad debts (debts which have been determined to be uncollectable), including losses (whether actual or estimated) arising from uncollectable accounts and other claims, are unallowable. Related collection costs, and related legal costs, arising from such debts after they have been determined to be uncollectable are also unallowable. Bad Debt status may not be absorbed by the NSFSA.
NSFSA must be restored using non-Federal funds. These funds may come from: the school district’s general fund.
Once delinquent debts are converted to bad debts, ( end of school operating year) records relating to those charges will be turned over to the school district for collection procedures and must be maintained in accordance with the record retention requirements outlined in 7CFR 210.9(b)(17) and 7 CFR 210.15(b). The following records should be maintained to document the appropriate establishment and handling of bad debt:
- Evidence of efforts to collect unpaid meal charges in accordance with the State and local unpaid meal charge policy
- Evidence the collection efforts fell within the timeframe and methods established by the State or Local meal charge policy
- Financial documentation showing when the unpaid meal charge(s) became an operating loss and
- Evidence any funds written off as bad debt were restored to the NSFSA using non-federal resources
Twin Falls School District’s Policy
- At no time will students have identifying marks, stickers, etc. signifying that they owe money.
- Students will not be denied lunch due to negative balances
- Students will not be given an alternate meal in replace of the day’s reimbursable meal due to negative balances.
- Students will not be limited to a number of charges or a type of meal.
Policy applies consistently for all age/grade groups.
SFA will not charge a la carte or extra items (e.g., a second milk or additional entrée) by any students with a negative balance regardless of the student’s eligibly status, but may not deny the student a reimbursable meal.
The meal charge policy must be communicated to all school or district-level staff responsible for the policy enforcement. All families must receive the policy, in writing.
Policy will be reviewed on an annual basis.
Apply for Free and Reduced Meal Prices Online
Twin Falls School District is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals online! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere!
Safe & Secure
We use the highest level of data encryption available, meaning that your information is always safe and guarded.
Private & Available
Apply online in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The online service is available 24/7 anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection!
Your data is transmitted to the Nutrition Office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing so you can receive benefits faster.
No more paper applications to complete and return to the school office! Applying online is so convenient and good for the environment as well!
Visit www.schoollunchapp.com Select your State (Idaho) and then your School District (Twin Falls). Follow the easy to use, step-by-step screens to enter student and household information. Click “Apply” to submit your application for meal benefits!
It’s That Easy!
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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