This year, in partnership with Metz Culinary Services and the Federal government, Bethel Park School District was able to provide no-cost meals to ALL District families with children ages 18 and under. Metz estimates that it has distributed approximately 120,000 no-cost meals since the start of the pandemic. That program is slated to expire in June but, going forward, the District will still need to know .
COVID-19 relief packages recently passed by the United States Congress contain numerous benefits for families financially impacted by the pandemic. Some of these benefits are available to students who are eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals. If you believe your school-aged child(ren) may and have not yet submitted the application for free or reduced-price meals to the school, we encourage you to do so now.
The application then will be used to determine which benefits your child(ren) and/or household may be eligible to receive. Please be aware that applying for free or reduced-price meals will not impact meals that your child(ren) currently receives through the school.
Also, COVID-related stimulus payments, which are effectively tax rebates, do not count as income for determining free and reduced-price eligibility for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) or eligibility for tier I reimbursement for CACFP.
However, the weekly COVID-related supplemental unemployment benefits provided through the CARES Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 do count as income for means-tested benefits (other than Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program), including free and reduced-price meals.
Completed applications can be mailed to: Bethel Park School District, 301 Church Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102 Attn: Dana Walker, or submitted at any District school building. Should you have any specific questions regarding how to apply, please contact Mrs. Walker, the District’s Child Accounting Coordinator, at [email protected].