Indiana Area School
724-463-8713 FAX: 724-463-0868
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About our school lunch program
As a participant in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, the Indiana Area School District provides a well-balanced, nutritious breakfast and lunch, supplying at least two-thirds of a child’s daily nutritional requirements. If a student has a food allergy, parents should contact the school nurse, who will notify the cafeteria manager.
Elementary students may purchase breakfast for $1.00 and lunch for $2.25. Junior and senior high students may purchase breakfast for $1.25 and lunch for $2.55/$2.80. Milk can be purchased for $0.50. Adult breakfasts are $1.70 and adult lunches are $3.50.
If you feel your child may be eligible for free or reduced lunches, please fill out the free and reduced lunch application mailed to your home. If you decide to apply later in the school year, or have a change in household size or income, you can obtain a new application from your child’s school office. The reduced price is $.40 for lunch and $.30 for breakfast.
School breakfast and lunch menus
are sent home with elementary school students monthly. Menus for
secondary students are posted and available in classrooms and in the
cafeterias. Menus can also be accessed from this page.
Payment for these meals is handled through the district’s computerized debit system. The computer system is similar to the setup of ATM’s. Once the student’s account is activated, he/she can use an assigned PIN to purchase breakfast or lunch. The difference between this system and an ATM is that the student can’t withdraw cash from his/her account, and a picture identification protection feature is in place.
The debit system eliminates lost tokens and tickets, reducing the need for students to carry cash with them on a daily basis. It also allows the parent to send in as little or as much to the student’s account as fits their budget. Parents may request a print out of the meals and extras their child has purchased.
The system works like this:
Any questions regarding the lunch program or computerized debit system should be directed to Eleanor Sherry, Director of Dining Services, at 724-463-8713.
Offer vs. Serve:
A student may choose any three, four or five of the above items. food service employees are not permitted to place all five-meal components on the tray unless the student requests all five components.
At the elementary schools, a typical lunch will consist of a hot entree, starch or bread, hot vegetable, canned fruit or whole fresh fruit and milk. A student may choose any three, four or all five of the components as their lunch selection.
At the secondary schools, the food court format provides all five meal components at each station. The Pizza station, for example, offers a pizza slice (which counts as a bread, vegetable and protein), fresh fruit choice, or tossed salad, plus milk. The Grille station includes hot sandwich selections (bread and protein) plus a hot vegetable or lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion, plus fresh fruit and milk. All other stations offer all five components as well. As with the elementary schools, a student may select three, four or all five components as part of their lunch selection.
Choices for Indiana Area School District Students:
Chartwells wants students to have the option of making healthier food choices without sacrificing good taste. It is easy for students to identify menu items marked with the green and blue Balanced Choice logo:
In secondary schools, fresh fruits are offered daily at every food court station along with whole wheat rolls and fat free milk.
In our elementary schools, low-fat milks and whole fresh fruits are available daily. Lunch meats and hot dogs are turkey-based to reduce fat content and menu selections are oven-baked or steamed.
A variety of hot and cold breakfast items are available daily at the junior and senior high schools.
ELEMENTARY "EXTRAS" price list
A LA CARTE price list for secondary schools
Using The Internet To Apply For Free Or
Since your child attends Indiana Area School District, you can apply for free or reduced price school meals online by going to the COMPASS website at www.compass.state.pa.us or you can continue to use the paper "Household Meal Benefit Application" if you prefer.
Once you access COMPASS, select Apply for Benefits. Parents will select the programs they wish to apply for and be directed through a series of questions regarding those programs. Please enter Indiana as the county of the school when you apply. Select Indiana Area School District as the school your child attends.
Once the questions have been completed, the COMPASS system will direct your information to each appropriate program office and the school you selected will receive the Household Meal Benefit Application. The school will notify you if you are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
If you apply for free or reduced price school meals through COMPASS you do not need to submit a paper application.