While the return to school is not exactly what any of us had envisioned, I want to assure you that the SCSD Food Service Department is working hard to create a welcoming and safe environment to provide meals for all students.
If needed, it is very important for families to fill out a new 2020-21 free/reduced meal application. If your family was eligible for free/reduced meals last year, that eligibility automatically rolls over for the first 30 days of this new school year. However, you must fill out a new application NOW to determine eligibility BEFORE October 20 so that benefits will not terminate. Otherwise, your students will start to accrue debt.
If your financial situation has changed due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to apply for SNAP benefits. You can do so here. SNAP provides cash benefits (on an EBT card) to purchase groceries for eligible families. In addition, your student(s) will be automatically eligible for free breakfast and lunch for the entire school year.
Also, any student who is learning remotely is eligible to receive meals at home. Parents or students will have to pick them up daily at the HS/MS bus circle between 10-11 a.m. Please contact Joan Hopeck, Food Services Director, at (518) 373-6100, ext. 30513 or at email@example.com to set that up. There will also be a form that has to be completed in order for your student to receive remote meals.
Finally, myschoolbucks.com is where you can put funds on your students account if they do not qualify for free/reduced meals. We will have smart snacks and drinks available for students to purchase, in addition to an extra food item if they wish. We are hoping that most families will use myschoolsbucks.com, especially this year, so that we can limit the transferring of cash by hand.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Joan Hopeck at the contact info listed above.