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Breakfast and Lunch - Serving Information

This school year all students are entitled to a nutritious breakfast and lunch, at no charge to the family, as it will be subsidized by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). We encourage all parents to avail their children of this benefit to assist in a more orderly conduct of the meals. All allergy or dietary restrictions in a student’s file will be addressed accordingly. Breakfast will be a “Grab and Go” event and pick up stations will be positioned at main entry points of each school.  Breakfast will be consumed in the students’ homeroom, where they will be permitted to remove their masks while eating and drinking. 

 

Lunch will consist of a choice of one hot entrée or one cold entrée in the K-5 schools and two hot entrées and one cold entrée at the middle schools. Please see the links below for the breakfast and lunch ingredients and nutritional information, along with the monthly menus for the K-5 grades.  For any questions, please contact aramark@howell.k12.nj.us.

 

Monthly Menus & Nutritional Information

Grades K-5:

*Please note, the planned menu is subject to change or substitution due to availability of items.
 
Grades 6-8:
*Please note, the planned menu is subject to change or substitution due to availability of items.
 
For more Nutritional Information about our array of menu items and menu offerings, please click here.

 

Free and Reduced (F&R) Price School Meals Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfast and lunch to children each school day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA is providing free school breakfast and lunch meals to children for the entire 2021-2022 school year, regardless of the participation in the Free and Reduced (F&R) Price School Meals program.

 

It is IMPORTANT to note that although you can receive free school meals this year without participating in the F&R program, if you are eligible, you are strongly encouraged to apply, as participation in the program may provide eligibility for other state benefits such as P-BET. Please click on a link below to apply online now.

 

F&R Online Application: 

 
You may also download and print a copy of the application or call your school's front office to request a paper copy.
 
F&R Paper Copy:
 
Free and Reduced Meals Eligibility Criteria
Children may be determined “categorically eligible” for free meals through participation in certain Federal Assistance Programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, 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 prekindergarten program, are also categorically eligible for free meals. Children can also qualify for the F&R program based on household income and family size.
 
P-EBT Funds
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a program to help purchase food for your school-age children who participated in the F&R program during the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible students, whose attendance was classified as 50% or more in a given month as fully virtual will receive $122.76 for that month. Students whose attendance was classified as 50% or more in a given month as hybrid (in-person) will receive $61.38 a month.
 
P-EBT, for eligible families, will be added to your Families First Card or mailed to you starting at the end of July. For questions about your student’s eligibility for the program, please contact Michele Foley at mfoley@howell.k12.nj.us. All other P-EBT questions and issues are addressed in the P-EBT informational flyer below:
 
  • P-EBT Informational Flyer – English
  • P-EBT Informational Flyer – Spanish
  • P-EBT Informational Flyer – Russian

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Whats for Lunch?

Meal menus can be found on the Nutrislice website and the district/school websites by clicking on the School Menus apple icon. Nutrislice also contains nutritional information, meal pricing and Aramark Education’s contact information. If you have questions pertaining to the school meals, please contact Aramark Food Services at 732-751-2480 ext. 1-7407.

 

Can my student purchase snack each day? Why can't my child buy snacks if he/she has cash?

Yes, snack is available daily in the cafeteria; however, there are times in which your child may not be able to purchase a snack. This is usually a result of a negative balance on the cafeteria account.  No snacks can be purchased if a student has a negative balance on their account, even if the student has cash on hand.  The lunch balance must be paid before snacks can be purchased.

 

Lunch Why was my student charged for food when they are receiving free lunch?

Please contact Aramark Food Services at 732-751-2480 ext. 1-7407 for details on what your student has purchased that is not part of the free school meals.

 

How do I place a food restriction on my student's meal account?

Please contact Aramark Food Services at 732-751-2480 ext. 1-7407 to notify them of the specific food restrictions (e.g. no snacks) you wish to place on your child’s meal account.

 

What if my student has a food allergy?

If your child has an allergy, please contact the Nurse at your child’s school. The school Nurse will work with you and notify the various departments of your child’s allergies.

 

My student is having difficulty remembering their student ID when they are in line purchasing a meal. Is there someone I can contact to assist me?

There are several ways the cafeteria staff can look up (e.g. by name, barcode scan, ID) the student in our Lunch Box system. We suggest you contact the school directly to learn of the lunch room procedures and share your concerns in order for the school administration to assist with this type of concern.

 

How does the cafeteria know my child has provided the correct ID number and/or name and not someone else's?

After a student provides the information, the student's name and school picture is displayed on the cafeteria cashier's screen.  The cashier can immediately determine the correct account is displayed on the screen.  Many of the cafeteria cashiers are veterans and know students both by name and by sight as they see them year after year as they progress through school..

 

How do I add money to my student's lunch account?

To add money to your student's meal account, simply log into your MySchoolBucks account.

 

Can I send in a check to add money to my student's account?

Yes, you can send in a check made payable to Howell Food Services.

 

What is my student's lunch account balance?

To check your student's balance simply log into your MySchoolBucks account.

 

My one student graduated and I would like to place the remaining balance on my other student's meal account. How do I transfer monies between the student accounts?

Please contact Caryn Anderson in the Business Office at 732-751-2480 ext. 1-3845.

 

We are moving or my student graduated from the Howell Schools and we have a balance on our student's meal account. How do we obtain a refund?

Please contact Caryn Anderson in the Business Office at 732-751-2480 ext. 1-3845.

 

Why was my student charged for food when they are receiving free lunch?

The district realizes the rules and requirements can be confusing when your child has qualified for free or reduced meals and charges show up on their lunch accounts.  While the meals are free or reduced to the consumer, they are subsidized by the Federal government, which allows the district to participate in the free/reduced meal program.  In order for the district to receive the subsidy, Federal Law dictates that the district must ensure certain components are served to/taken by your child. Please visit the USDA Nutrition Standards for Schools website for further guidance on what components must be in the meal and communicate the information to your child.  Our food service staff will also do its best to remind the children if a component is missing at checkout. 

Food Services Links:

 

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! You can access these fun resources here.