Dear Bethel Park School District Parents/Guardians:
Numerous scientific studies have suggested a strong link between child nutrition and learning in school. This supports the importance of the availability of school meal programs in improving the educational performance of our children.
Every school day the Bethel Park School District’s participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nutritious meals to children. These healthy meals enhance our children’s readiness to learn, especially first thing in the morning with a school breakfast for only $1.60 paid, $.30 reduced or free.
How does it work?
The NSLP is a federal and state reimbursement program for each meal served that meets federal requirements. All NSLP sponsors are required to offer free and reduced-price lunches to eligible children. Reimbursement rates are established annually by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The BPSD is now serving breakfast in all buildings. Based on research, we encourage our personnel and students to participate in our newly created breakfast program at the high school and our lunch program throughout our buildings.
How do children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches?
Children from families with incomes at or below 130% or the poverty level, and children in families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and children in families receiving food stamp benefits are eligible for free lunches. Children in families whose income is between 130% and 185% of the poverty level are eligible for reduced price lunches.
Joe Consolmagno/Food Service Director
Metz Culinary Management
Bethel Park School District