Cafeteria/Food Services


Cafeteria Accounts
Individual cafeteria accounts are assigned to each student for accounting purposes for the purchase of meals served in school cafeterias. Our food service utilizes the PrimeroEdge system for managing student accounts. Procedures for purchasing and collecting money for individual student accounts are in place that ensure that the identity of each student and their information is protected. Students may not use another student’s account to purchase a meal or a la carte items.

Iroquois Elementary School - Elementary students may deposit money in advance on the first day of each week for a la carte items. All students have an account, which can be accessed by providing the food service cashier with their name. Please review the guidelines listed below:

  • Students may pay on their account at any time;
  • If a student has charges, the system will pay off these charges first and then give the student credits (if the student has money left over);
  • Students may not charge snack items.

Iroquois High School - In order to activate a high school student account, each student has a 8-digit school ID number at the cashier checkout line. The student will enter his/her number on a keypad, which then brings up their individual account.

With the PrimeroEdge system, parents/guardians will have access to their child's account information, including account balances and purchases, make secure online payments at any time at www.schoolcafe.com.

  • Set up hassle-free automatic payments for each student.
  • Receive low balance email messages.

Payment Instructions


Meals

The District is required to provide increased servings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while limiting sodium, fat, and total protein. In addition, under the Paid Lunch Equity Provision, the District must make progress toward raising the price for a paid lunch to equal the Federal reimbursement amount for a free lunch. A la carte prices will be posted in the cafeterias.


BREAKFAST

In addition to lunch, breakfast is offered daily at all schools!

High School Breakfast (Junior and Senior High students):

  • $1.00 Full Paid
  • $0.30 Reduced Price

Elementary School Breakfast:

  • Under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), all Iroquois Elementary School students will receive a free breakfast and lunch throughout the 2017/18 School Year. This program will start the first day of school. Due State eligibility requirements, this program applies to OUR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ONLY.

    Households with students attending Iroquois Jr./Sr. High School will still need to submit the Free/Reduced Priced Meals Application if they wish to qualify for free/reduced priced meals.

    Please see letter below for all details.

    2017-18_CEP Letter to Household.pdf
     

LUNCH

High School Lunch:

  • $2.25 Full Paid
  • $0.40 Reduced Price

Elementary School Lunch: All students receive a free lunch.

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Free and Reduced Price School Meals Program

Children need healthy meals in order to learn. Iroquois School District offers healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free meals or reduced priced meals if your household’s gross income falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Guidelines. Students directly certified through the state are automatically eligible for free and reduced price meals. Parents will be notified if their child is directly certified through a letter mailed home before the start of school. Families, whose child is directly certified, DO NOT need to complete an application.

Iroquois School District has introduced PrimeroEdge for processing student eligibility for free and reduced price meals. Please consider completing the application if a student/family qualifies. The PA Department of Education utilizes this eligibility data when awarding grant monies to school districts. All of the children of the District can benefit from grants or special programs if an accurate number is reported. We encourage parents to apply online at http://www.paschoolmeals.com.

Or you can download and print the paper application packet HERE. Once completed, please return it to the Iroquois School District Administration Office, 800 Tyndall Avenue, Erie, PA 16511.

If your child received free or reduced meals last school year, his/her benefits will be extended for 30 operating days of this school year. You must complete a new application by October 11th unless the school notified you that your child was directly certified for this school year. Note that high school students must pay the full price for lunch until they are approved for free/reduced priced meals. Once approved for free/reduced meals, previous charges are not nullified. Also, all eligible kindergarten students must have an application on file before receiving free or reduced meals even though a sibling may have received them last school year.

 

Lunch Charge Policy

The lunch charge policy states that only full lunches may be charged. No a la carte items such as milk, snacks, or ice cream may be charged. At the high school level, if a student has accumulated 3 or more unpaid lunch charges and wishes to charge another lunch, the student will be denied a meal until the charges have been paid.

At Iroquois Elementary School, however, if a student has accumulated $15.00 or more in unpaid lunch charges, an alternate lunch will be provided until the deficit is paid. All charges from previous school years will be included in the lunch charge status of students. Furthermore, any student owing money many not purchase a la carte items.

The complete Lunch Charge Policy can be downloaded HERE.

Cafeteria Account Flag Form

If you, as the parent/guardian, specifically do not want your child to use his/her cafeteria account for services or purchases, we can place a flag on his/her account that will restrict those choices. Please complete a Cafeteria Account Flag Form, which will be passed out in homerooms, and return it to the Food Service Office. Your child’s account will be adjusted according to your wishes.

Special Dietary Needs

The Nutrition Group and Iroquois School District are able to handle any special dietary needs that a student may require. Substitutions are made on a case-by-case basis only when supported by a medical statement. Please contact Denise Pyle, RDN/FSD to discuss any special dietary needs.


Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g.Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form,(AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail:  U.S. Department of Agriculture
                 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
                 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
                 Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     E-mail: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


nutrition group logoFood services at Iroquois School District are provided by The Nutrition Group, Inc. The Nutrition Group provides nourishing meals to students in K-12 schools. Our employees focus more time, attention and local support on your schools than any other food management company.


For more information about The Nutrition Group, Inc., check out their website:
http://www.thenutritiongroup.biz/k-12-meal-services.shtml

For employment opportunities in the Iroquois food service departments managed by the Nutrition Group, please contact them directly, by calling (814) 899-7643 ext. 1509.


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