*Please note that the USDA Child Nutrition Waivers, which allowed our school district to offer breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to students, has expired. As a result, effective the first day of school, the cost for all meals will be based on your lunch status (Free, Reduced or Paid).
Reduced status meals this year are being provided at no cost. Paid status meals are $2.00 for breakfast and $3.10 for lunch. The School Nutrition Association has created an explanation video that you can view here: English or Spanish
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Breakfast and Lunch - Serving Information
Howell Township Public Schools is committed to the nutritional well-being of our students, which includes providing nutritious and appetizing breakfast and lunch options for all students in compliance with all federal and state regulations and policies. All allergy or dietary restrictions in a student’s file are addressed accordingly.
For questions, please email Aramark.
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For more nutritional information about our array or menu items and offerings, please click here.
- Questions regarding the Free & Reduced program and P-EBT submissions: Michele Foley
- Questions regarding money owed for meals or meal services: Aramark
2023-2024 Free & Reduced Price School Meals Program (F&R)
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, reduced-cost or free breakfast and lunch to children each school day.
In the 2023-2024 school year, the federal government is providing no cost meals to those qualifying for Reduced priced meal benefits, in addition to those who qualify for Free. We encourage all households to complete an application, even if you believe you may not qualify, as the information obtained may be used for other statistical evaluations and grant opportunities that may benefit the school district.
Please note that applications are accepted for the current school year only. After you submit your application, you will receive an email with the results within 10 business days. If you do not receive that email, or if all of the children you listed on your application are not listed in the email, please contact [email protected]. When completing your application, only children currently attending our school district should be listed at students; all others should be listed as household members.
If you participated in the F&R program last school year (and attended our district), then that benefit carries over into the current school year, temporarily, allowing you time to complete a new application, as a new application must be completed every school year. *NOTE*: If you do not submit a new application and qualify prior to October 21, 2023, then your temporary status will expire and you will revert to full pay status on October 22, 2023.
The full price for lunch is $3.10 and breakfast is $2.00. Please note that if you qualify for F&R, your student must take the entire F&R meal; otherwise, it will be charged at a la carte pricing. Also, items such as snacks may be charged as well, if those items are not F&R eligible. For questions about F&R meal options, please contact your school's cafeteria.
If you, for any reason, feel your child may need meal assistance, please complete a lunch application below to see if you qualify for the F&R program benefits. You should receive an email with the determination within 10 school days of submitting the application. If you have not received an email after those 10 days, please contact Michele Foley.
Our F&R applications are available online, in the following languages, for use on any computer or mobile phone. Please click a link below.
Paper copies are available upon request; please email: Michele Foley
Free and Reduced Meals Eligibility Criteria
Children may qualify for the F&R program based on USDA federal guidelines for household income and size. if your household size/income exceeds the federal limit, there is also a New Jersey Expanded Income Eligibility (NJEIE) guidelines for the 2023-2024 School Year, which if you meet, will make you eligible for Free meals (there is no Reduced category). Please view this income eligibility chart for both the federal and state.
Children may be determined "categorically eligible" for free meals through participation in certain Federal Assistance Programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or based on their status as a homeless, migrant, runaway or foster child. Children enrolled in a federally-funded Head Start program, or a comparable state-funded pre-kindergarten program, are also categorically eligible for free meals.
2023 Summer P-EBT Reimbursement for Free & Reduced Eligible Students
The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a federal program to help you purchase food during the summer months for your child(ren) who were/are eligible for Free or Reduced Priced school meals and meet the following criteria:
- Students who were participating in the Free & Reduced (F&R) Priced School Meals program at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.
- Students who are fully enrolled and qualify for the F&R program based upon federal eligibility guidelines on or before 2:00pm on August 24, 2023 will also qualify for the P-EBT reimbursement. NOTE: This does not include anyone who only qualified based on the state (NJEIE) guidelines, as P-EBT is a federal program.
*Students under the age of six in households participating in SNAP are not eligible for summer P-EBT benefits.
Those students who are eligible for P-EBT will receive a one-time benefit of $120 via a P-EBT debit card issued through the Department of Human Services, which they will mail directly to your home.
For more information about the P-EBT program and when/how you can expect to receive your P-EBT debit card, please see this flyer for additional information:
Digital Nutrition Resources for Kids: Learn in fun ways how to pick the right breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack foods to eat so you can grow up healthy and smart!Howell Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. You can access the complaint form here.