What is a lunch application?
A lunch application is a federal application to determine whether a student qualifies for either a free or reduced benefit when participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Who is required to complete a lunch application?
All Newark Public School students (grades pre-K-12) are required to have a completed lunch application processed to receive benefits.
Who may fill out the application?
Only the parent, legal guardian, or the student if age 18 or older may complete the lunch application form. Information may not be obtained by the school over the phone. The parent, legal guardian, or of age student must be present and complete the application.
If I have more than one child in the school am I required to complete multiple applications?
No, only one application per household is required.
How is my eligibility determined?
A child's eligibility is determined based upon standards established by the federal government for income and household size and is tied to the national poverty rate.
What process does Newark use to complete a lunch application?
Newark Public Schools has an on-line process.
How do I sign up for the lunch program?
The application can be found by clicking here.
What if I do not wish to have my information shared with any other authority?
The parent must complete a sharing form and return the form to the Office of Food and Nutrition Services. The form is on the web site along with the application. You just need to scroll down to bottom to see the form.
Does the student's eligibility roll over from year to year?
No, lunch applications must be completed annually. The district will use the prior year's June status, if one exists, for the first thirty days of the subsequent year or the new application, if submitted. After the thirty day period has lapsed, a new application must be submitted. If there is no new application on file the child's eligibility status is denied and the parent or guardian must pay full price for his/her child if they choose to participate in the program.
Do students who are Directly Certified need to complete a lunch application?
No, students whose name appears on the district's Direct Certification list do not need to complete an application. Directly Certified students include foster care children and children receiving temporary aid to needy families (TANF).
If an approved application is not on file by October 1, 2011, can students still receive a meal?
Only if the child has money in his or her mypaymentplus account.
What is the cutoff date to submit applications?
Applications can be submitted all year, however those submitted after October 15th will not be included in the district state aid count. Any change in a family's financial status should generate a revised application.
What are the various eligibilities?
Free - no payment required
Reduced - partial payment required
Denied - full payment required and ineligible for benefits
DNA - Denied No Application has been submitted for this child - full payment required
What percentage of Newark Public School children qualified for free and reduced price meals in 2012-2013?
In 2011-2012, 84% of Newark Public School children qualified for free or reduced price meals.
What is the mypaymentplus system?
Mypaymentplus is the districts on-line system for the collection of payments for meals.
Can I prepay for school lunches?
YES, you must prepay, using mypaymentplus. Click here to access mypaymentplus.
How do I get my child's lunch account?
You establish the account at MyPaymentPlus.com Once the account is established, parents can access the account at any time.
How much are school lunches?
Full price is $2.00 and reduced price is $0.40
Can my child be fed if he or she has no money on account with mypayment plus?
No. Under federal guidelines the district must make an effort to collect the required payment and is not obligated to feed a child. State regulations require that the districts food services program operates without needing a contribution for the district's general fund budget.
What is the school breakfast program?
It is part of the NSLP and is provided to all students in the Newark Public Schools every day.
Where is breakfast provided?
The breakfast program takes place in the classroom for all elementary schools and is part of the school day. High schools may opt to serve breakfast in the cafeteria.
Why does Newark Public Schools promote a breakfast in the classroom program?
Research indicates that a child who participates in a breakfast in the classroom program is better prepared for learning, has already socialized, and has fewer incidents of disruptive behavior and sick calls. Schools that support this program as part of the school day increase access to breakfast for students and test scores reflect increases in student achievement.
How does Newark Public Schools compare with other urban districts around the country?
New Jersey ranks 48thin the nation regarding breakfast programs. Newark Public Schools ranks first when compared to 27 other large urban districts for serving the most students daily. In 2005, when Newark began its program it served approximately 8,000 students daily. Today the program serves almost 28,000 meals daily and has increased district revenue more than $3 million annually.
How much does breakfast cost?
It is free to all Newark Public School students as part of the universal free breakfast program.