FREE MEALS for Face-to-Face Families

  • USDA and ODE passed a new waiver for all schools that participate in School Nutrition Programs. As of Tuesday, September 15th, Sycamore Schools is now able to serve breakfast and lunch to all students for FREE until the waiver expires on December 31st (or until the allotted program funds are no longer available—whichever comes first.)

FAQs

  • How does my child receive a free meal?

    • All meals are free for ALL students for the entire 2020-21 school year. The meal MUST be reimbursable.

    What is a reimbursable meal? 

    • A reimbursable meal must contain a 1/2 cup of fruit, veggie, or 100% fruit juice. You also need to select ATLEAST two more components on top of this. An example of a minimum reimbursable lunch - a hamburger and an orange. An example of a maximum reimbursable lunch - a hamburger, orange, broccoli, baby carrots, and milk. Child nutrition staff workers will be available to help your child meet these requirements.

    Does this change the way my child gets breakfast or lunch at school?

    • No! Everything is exactly the same. 

    What will still cost money?

    • Any a la carte items such as extra entrees, snacks, and beverages. 

    Is just milk or just water free?

    • NO! Only a WHOLE reimbursable meal can be free.

    Do I still have to fill out a free and reduced application now if my student will already be getting free meals?

    • It is recommended to still fill out a free and reduced application for a smoother transition at the beignning of next school year. Free and Reduced applications also tie to many other things in the district such as specific funding for the district, your ability to waive school fees, athletics, kindergarten tuition, receive building assistance, etc. 

    Will my student’s current meal balance stay the same while they are receiving free meals?

    • YES. All money (or account debt) will stay on the child’s account. 

    Will I be taking food away from someone who really needs the aide if I partake in a free meal?

    • Not at all! Participating in the new program and receiving free meals actually helps the Sycamore School District by increasing our school lunch participation, which will in turn increase our reimbursements per lunch by the government. This allows the district to fix and/or buy kitchen equipment and provide better quality food for our students. 

    What if I want to continue paying for my child’s meals?

    • Under this new program, EVERYONE in the district will be receiving free meals and we cannot charge full price for any reimbursable meals. If you would like to purchase additional a la carte options such as entrees, sides, snacks, or drinks, they will still be available for purchase.

    How long will my child be able to receive free meals?

    • The program enabling us to offer free meals to everyone in our district will last the entire 2020-21 School Year.

     

What Face-to-Face Meals Look Like

  • Reminder on WHAT school meals look like in each school and will continue to look like:

    Breakfast: 

    k-4: Breakfast is pre-ordered online and taken to students at their seats in the cafeteria. Pre-order info available here. 

    **Pre-order by noon the day before - this is NEW. You no longer need to order WEEKLY, this has changed to better accommodate our Sycamore families.

    5-6: Breakfast is pre-ordered online and delivered to the classroom before the students arrive. Pre-order info available here. 

    *Pre-order by noon the day before!

    7-8: Breakfast is available daily grab-and-go style in the concession stand area. There is NO pre-ordering available for this building. 

    9-12: Breakfast is available daily grab-and-go style in the Aviator Express through 1st bell. There is NO pre-ordering available for this building.

     

     

    Lunch: 

    k-4: Lunch is pre-ordered online and taken to students at their seats. This includes snacks and drinks. Pre-order info available here.

    **Pre-order by noon the day before - this is NEW. You no longer need to order WEEKLY, this has changed to better accommodate our Sycamore families.

    5-6: Lunch is pre-ordered online and picked up by the students in the kitchen serving area. Pre-order info available here. Snacks, drinks, and additional entrees are available for purchase day of and are not pre-ordered. 

    *Pre-order by noon the day before!

    7-12: Lunch is served in the kitchen serving area. There will be pre-packaged grab-and-go meals available for purchase. There is NO pre-ordering available for these buildings.