ELGS is continuing participation in the NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM (NLSP) for grades K-12 for the 2021-22 school year.
As such, the FREE MEALS served for lunch will be available again this year for all students in grades K-12.
We’ve all heard the expression, “There’s no such thing as a free meal—well, there is now!” The USDA announced it will continue to provide flexibility to the school meals program which will allow ELGS to continue to provide the free lunches to all children in the ELGS School District (18 years old and under) through the end of the school year.
What does this mean? All ELGS students/children will be offered a FREE lunch – Child Care students also. This begins on September 1 – the first day of school. If there are younger children in our District, or some not attending school on-site, they are also eligible to receive these meals. They would need to call the high school office by 9:00 a.m. (876-3381) to place an order. Meals can then be picked up from the high school office from 11:30-11:55. The high school is the only pick-up spot for meals, regardless of the age of the student.
As a parent or guardian, what do I have to do? You do not have to do anything. There will be NO lunch tickets needed for this meal. However, parents may choose to send additional “snack food” to supplement lunch. Ala carte’ items will still be on sale at the middle and high school levels if students would wish to purchase additional food items to supplement their noon meal and/or have “snacks” available for later in the day.
NEW for 2021-22: The USDA has extended the program to include FREE BREAKFAST. A “bagged breakfast” will be available for students in grades K-8 in their classrooms upon their arrival at school. For high school students, Mr. Faris will have food items available free of charge to those who need a “pick-me-up.”
Included in the “Breakfast Bag” would be a fruit, milk, grain and protein. Examples of items that would be classified as proteins or grains include Yogurt/GoGurt, cheese sticks/string cheese, hardboiled egg, peanut butter sandwich/bagel, granola bar, whole grain muffins, doughnut holes. Daily offerings would vary--menus will be determined by the Food Service Staff.
Parents will be asked during registration about their student’s interest in participating in the free breakfast program. For those parents who intend to mail their registration packets, an email will be sent to you asking if you are interested in participating in the free breakfast program.
Please note: Your commitment to the Breakfast Program is for the school year--it is not a daily and/or weekly sign-up process.
If you choose to participate and change your mind during the school year, we would ask that you contact the office to let us know. You will then be removed from the program for the remainder of the year (exception would be if you were temporarily gone from school -- vacation, quarantine, etc.).
Starting, January 25, 2021, milk prices will be as follows:
Student cost per ticket: $ .25
Student tickets / card of 10: $ 2.50
Adult cost per ticket: $ .25
One milk will continue to be included with each hot lunch and breakfast meal free of charge as it is a required meal component under the NSLP. If a student wishes to have more than the one free milk, he/she will need to purchase tickets following the process currently in place.
Tickets already purchased will be honored – no need to do anything. Please continue to use these tickets for milk. However, families will not be allowed to purchase large quantities of tickets prior to the price change on January 25. The office will be selling tickets, at the current price of $.10 each, for students to get milk until January 25. Tickets purchased for use after this date will cost $.25 each.
SEPTEMBER hot lunch menu can be found here.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FOR FREE & REDUCED PRICE SCHOOL MEAL APPLICATION, and Letter to Parents, Instructions and FAQ's
Click here for the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
Click here for the SFA Civil Rights Complaint Procedures
The NSLP will be managed and provided by our Food Service Director, Bridget Reiss, with the help of Lanette Resser.