For meal benefits questions, call 503.356.3957 or email: NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us
Families can apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals ONLINE!
The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and available through SchoolCafe.com.
All students who qualify for free or reduced price meals receive breakfast and lunch meals free of charge. Instructions on completing and submitting your application are provided below. Please contact Laurie Bishop, Meal Benefits Coordinator, at 503-356-3957, if you have questions or need additional assistance.
Meal Application Process
Submitting Applications Before the School Year Begins
We encourage all eligible families to submit a new application for free and reduced price meals prior to the start of each new school year. This allows the application to be processed and the correct eligibility established before school starts. Families have the ability to fill out the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application online at www.schoolcafe.com. Copies of applications will also be available at every school office.
Mail completed applications to:Nutrition Services Department 18640 NW Walker Rd, St. 1400 Beaverton, OR 97006-8927
Applications can also be emailed to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us or faxed to 503.356.3965.
Submitting Applications After the School Year Begins
Applications are accepted anytime throughout the school year and can be submitted to your student's lunchroom, mailed to Nutrition Services, or filled on line.
- Proof of Eligibility: The information you provide may be verified at any time. You may be asked to send information to prove your student is eligible to receive free and reduced priced meals
- Hearing on Decision: If you do not agree with the decision on your student's application or the process used to prove income eligibility, you may talk with Michael Vetter, the fair hearing official. You have the right to a fair hearing which may be arranged by calling or writing Laurie Bishop, Nutrition Services, 18640 NW Walker RD, St. 1400, Beaverton, OR 97006, Telephone 503.356.3957.
- Reapplying for Benefits: You may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If you should have a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or become unemployed, or receive basic food, FDPIR or TANF, you may be eligible for benefits and may fill out an application at that time.
- Meal benefits eligibility letter: If you applied through schoolcafe.com, your letter will be in the schoolcafe.com dashboard, under eligibility benefits. You can also request a letter at 503.356.3957.
If your student qualifies for free or reduced price meals, discounted or free school services may also be available. Ask your schoolfor more information about benefits available at your school. Benefits vary from school to school. Please fill out the Permission to Share Form so we can share your information with other school programs. Benefits may include:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Breakfast: $1.45
- Lunch: $3.05
- Reduced Price Meals: Free
- Breakfast: $1.55
- Lunch: $3.25
- Reduced Price Meals: Free
- Breakfast: $1.60
- Lunch: $3.60
- Reduced Price Meals: Free
- Breakfast: $2.50
- Lunch: $4.50
Payments for school meals can be made by:
- Sending a check made out to "BSD-Nutrition Services" or sending cash. When making a payment, please indicate your student's first and last name along with his/her PIN, on the memo line of the check. It's best to deliver the payments directly to Nutrition Services staff in the cafeteria so that the payments can be applied before the next meal. Some schools have payment drop boxes or baskets in the main office that you may also use for deposits, however, it's possible the payments may not be applied in time for use by the next meal service.
- Making payments online at the SchoolCafé website. SchoolCafé is an on-line payment system that is linked to your student's cafeteria. Parents can register for a free SchoolCafe account on the SchoolCafe website. You will need to have your student's 6-digit district ID to do so, which you can get by contacting the school. Payments made are usually credited to a student's account within 2 hours, but may take up to 24 hours, so it's best to make payments at least one day in advance.
Once you have registered for a new SchoolCafé account, you can do the following at no charge:
- Create a free, secured account to manage all of your students' meal accounts.
- Check your student's current account balance at any time.
- Monitor the items your student has been purchasing in the cafeteria.
- Create settings to receive email notifications when the account reaches a low balance.
- Create settings to automatically replenish your student's account when it reaches a low balance.
There is a $20.00 minimum deposit and 5% service fee for deposits made on SchoolCafé
If you have further questions, please call the Nutrition Services Dept. at (503) 356-3955. For technical issues with SchoolCafé call 1-855-729-2328 or email email@example.com
Note: If your student does not bring a meal from home and has a zero cafeteria account balance, then the District Meal Charging Procedures will be followed.
2018-19 Meal Charging Procedures
• Every BSD student is eligible for a meal at school. A "Meal" meets the requirements of a reimbursable USDA meal. This reimbursable meal consists of at least (3) components from the (5) following food groups; Meat/Meat Alternate, Grain, Vegetable, Fruit and Fluid Milk. A student must take a minimum of (3) components from the (5) options, and one of the components must be at least 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable. Students who are without funds will be allowed to charge meals, unless the student's parent or guardian has provided written permission to withhold a meal from the student to reduce the amount of that student's debt.
• BSD will not publicly identify a student who cannot pay for a meal because of a negative balance. We will provide a student their balance only if they inquire.
• Students will not be allowed to charge a la carte menu items. (This includes a carton of milk.)
NOTE: Adults who are not students (parents, volunteers, visitors, etc.) will not be allowed to charge meals. Adults are not allowed to accumulate a negative balance.
PROCEDURES FOR NOTIFYING PARENT OF ACCOUNT BALANCES
1. Balance Notification Methods:
• Parents/ Guardians/Students can inquire directly with the cafeteria staff about their account balances.
• Parents/Guardians/ Students can see their students' balance, create alerts and use the auto pay feature by signing up for a free SchoolCafé account. Please visit: https://www.schoolcafe.com/register
2. Negative Balance Notification Methods:
Parents and guardians may choose to be notified about a student's negative balance and the need to bring payment for future meal service. There are several options for notification:
• A note to the parent or guardian can be sent home with the student.
• A phone call may be made from the Nutrition Services (NS) department. NS will make at least two attempts to contact the student's parent or guardian, suggesting payment options and recommending that the parent or guardian fill out a meal benefits application. This will help to determine if the student is eligible for free or reduced price meals.
• An automated phone call or email may be generated by the school district's "School Messenger" system. To sign up for School Messenger, please go to https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/pubsafety/Pages/School%20Messenger.aspx
The Beaverton School District is committed to providing healthy meals to all students. No student will go without a balanced meal, regardless of their account balance. Members of the community may contribute funds to help cover the negative balance of our students' meal accounts. If you would like to donate funds, please use the following link: https://or-beaverton-lite.intouchreceipting.com/
USDA and Beaverton School District are equal opportunity providers and employers.