ATTENTION FAMILIES WITH LUNCH BENEFITS: Your Benefits EXPIRE on 9/15/16 Unless you have filled out an application and gotten approved since the 2016-17 school year started.
Please be aware that you must fill out a lunch benefits application EVERY YEAR.
Your child’s application from last school year is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through 9/15/2016. You must submit a new application unless you received a letter from Dekalb County that your child is eligible for the 2016-17 school year. If you do not submit a new application that is approved by Dekalb, or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price for meals starting September 16, 2016.
Please contact Erin Johnson at (404) 289-0320 or email@example.com if you have questions.
IMPORTANT! NEW THIS YEAR:
Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Applications are ONLINE ONLY.
The online application is simple, quick, and secure, and qualifies you for 1 volunteer hour
. We encourage all families to apply before the first day of school, even if you don’t think you qualify for benefits. Apply online in English
, or Other Languages
TMS Lunch: Health in Mind
We are pleased to offer meals from our lunch vendor Preferred Meals, and lunch tracking and payment services from our online portal, Schoolpaymentportal.com. Both services keep families fully informed of the menu, allergens, student lunch activity, and payment history.
Lunches contain all food groups and nutrients that are required by USDA (under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act). This includes requirements such as ½ cup fruit and ¾ cup vegetable servings at every meal, whole-grain rich grains, and limits on sodium and trans fats, among other requirements. Preferred Meals’ kitchens are nut-free and pork-free, and are inspected by onsite USDA staff, which assures safe food handling and accurate labeling practices. You can view allergen information by placing your mouse over each menu item on online menus on Preferred Meals website. And, importantly, students really like Preferred Meals’ food. We offer 1 meat and 1 vegetarian option daily. Lunches are $4.00 each.
How Does My Child Order Lunch?
Students inform their teacher, first thing in the morning, if they will need school lunch (either regular or vegetarian) for the next day. On Friday, they will tell their teacher if they wish to have school lunch for Monday.
For the first 2 days of school, to make things easier for everyone, lunches will be automatically ordered for students. Student pre-ordering will start on Friday 8/5, for Monday lunch. To ensure smooth transition, TMS will have plenty of extra lunches on hand while students and families adjust to the pre-ordering procedure.
Some teachers may request that parents do the ordering for their kids, depending on the age (i.e., Kindergarten). Parents may send in a note stating which date or dates (you could order a week or a month at a time if you wish) their kids would like to get school lunch.
Menus are posted in classrooms, the front office, the cafe, online on the TMS website, and in weekly newsletters.
How Do I Pay for Lunch?
Payments can be made by cash, check, credit card, or ACH withdrawal. For credit card or ACH payments, use schoolpaymentportal.com. You can make payments from your computer or mobile device and set email notifications for when your balance falls below a designated point. It is recommended that everyone set up an account in the portal- even if you don’t plan to use it for payment. It is quick and easy to do.
Please note: if you wish to pay by credit card or ACH, the portal charges a service fee per transaction:
• $1.00 for ACH, or
• $1.00 + 2.3% for credit cards (a $20.00 credit card charge would be assessed $1.46 in fees).
This fee covers the cost of credit card/ACH processing. Therefore, I recommend you purchase lunches in batches, such as $20 or more, to minimize the impact of this charge.
You will not be charged any fees if you pay TMS directly by cash or check.
As always, email Erin.Johnson@themuseumschool.org with any questions or concerns. I look forward to serving the students this year!