The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provided temporary benefits, referred to as P-EBT, to families of school-aged children who would have received free or reduced-priced meals through the USDA National School Lunch Program (NSLP) if school had not been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. A second issuance of P-EBT was authorized by Congress for the 2020-2021 school year.
For more information about this, visit the DHS P-EBT Website.
Your child may purchase or bring a lunch to school. If your child wishes to buy a drink to accompany the packed lunch, white or chocolate milk and juice are available.
Free/reduced lunch applications are available beginning July 1st of the new school year. Parents may request a hard copy if needed. All parents are encouraged to apply online via: School Cafe which can be accessed by computer or smartphone app.
If you want to purchase a lunch for your child, a menu for the month’s lunches is sent home prior to the beginning of each month. The menu will show a main entree and an alternate entree for each day. You or your child should select one entree for each day you purchase a lunch. We currently offer a gluten free choice if the student has a medical need for this. A form, which the office can provide, will need to be signed by a doctor.
Students who bring a lunch/breakfast/snack from home must send the heated food in a thermos. We have a policy regarding the heating of student foods and do not heat items in the microwave for safety reasons. The Watson Institute is a nut free facility. Many of the students at the Watson Institute Education Center are severely allergic to peanuts and other nuts. There is a potential for serious consequences for these students in they are exposed to or have contact with such products.
It is for this reason that we have implemented a policy asking everyone to avoid bringing nuts or nut products (peanut butter, almond milk, etc.) into the school. Parents who pack their child’s lunch/breakfast/snack must send food to school ready to serve. The food must come to school cut up, pureed and/or mixed together as necessary for the child.
Parents are able to pay online via the lunch website: EZ Parent Center. They are encouraged to keep money in their student’s account so it does not go into the negatives. Weekly notices will be emailed from EZ School Apps to parents regarding balances. Please be sure to sign up on the website to receive the notices.
Additional information on the lunch program can be found in the parent handbook.
Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was established in 1968 to respond to growing research that correlated a child’s nutrition with academic success and concerns about lack of nutrition resources for children during the summer months.
Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session.
Help spread the word.
Schools or families may use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer:
- Call 211
- Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre
- Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877877 during the summer months
- Text “SUMMER MEALS” or “VERANO” to 97779
- Use the website: Find Summer Meals – USDA
- Use the Range App site locator for smartphones
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) online or 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) Email: [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.