Important Information about Your Child’s School Meals
What is Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)?
Federal law allows States to implement a temporary program called Pandemic- Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), which provides eligible children with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits. Preschool (Pre-K) through 12th grade students within eligible school buildings who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) may be eligible for P-EBT benefits.
The program is administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Department is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to ensure eligible children receive this important benefit.
For questions regarding P-EBT, please contact the P-EBT customer service line at 1-866-244-0071.
Where can I find menus?
Menus can be accessed at lorainschools.org/menus as well as through the district's Mobile App.
What does a full meal include?
Breakfast menus offer a variety of entree, fruit and milk selections daily and when offered a choice students must take at least ½ cup fruit and 2 other items to make a meal. Lunch menus include entrée choices ranging from hot feature items, grill favorites, hearty salads, and sandwiches that provide meat/meat alternates and grains plus milk, fruits and vegetable sides. Many schools offer vegetable and fruit bars with a rainbow of produce like greens, carrots, fresh broccoli, zucchini sticks and seasonal fresh fruits.
Of the 5 components offered, students MUST take at least 1/2 cup of fruit OR vegetable and a minimum of 2 other foods for a reimbursable meal when a choice is offered.
Is all the food served by ARAMARK peanut free?
We understand and are sensitive to allergies that students have today. Unfortunately, we are not a peanut-free environment, but we take great precaution with students who have allergies. If your child has specific allergies, please contact your school nurse or our office at 440-830-4038.
Is breakfast available for my child?
Yes! Breakfast is available to ALL students at no charge, FREE!
How can I put money on account for my student online?
Money can be added to your child’s account at any time by sending in an envelope with cash or check made out to “Lorain City Schools Food Service Program.” Your child should give this envelope to the lunch cashier before school. This can be used for an additional lunch, lunch items, or ala carte cart items sold each day. Remember, the envelope should be clearly marked “Lunch Program” with the child’s name, amount, teacher’s room, and parent contact information in the event of any questions. If the payment is for more than one student, indicate how the money should be split (for example, Johnny = $10.00 and Sally=$15.00). Payment can be made in any amount to best suit a family’s budget. Payment can also be made online at www.mypaymentsplus.com
How can I find out what my balance is in my child’s account and his or her purchase history?
The easiest way is to create an account with www.mypaymentsplus.com. Your child’s purchase history is available one day after the account has been created This site will even enable you set “low balance reminders” that will generate an email to you when your child’s account falls below your preset amount.
Who can I contact for questions about the Food Service Program or to request a tour of my District’s food service operation?
Please contact Frank Horvatich/Food Service Director at 440-830-4038. Someone will be back in touch with you within 24 hours.