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Date: August 23, 2022

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We want to update you with exciting news about universal free school meals. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has decided to extend free school meals for all students through the 2022-2023 school year! This means that breakfast and lunch will continue to be served at no cost to all students.

Pease note that even though meals will be free for all, it is very important for families to still complete the household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2022-2023 school year. You can view and complete the application here: familyportal.cloud. We strongly encourage ALL families to submit this form as it allows us to establish eligibility for P-EBT benefits, discounts on Athletic fees, Transportation fees, and Testing fees (SAT, ACT, and AP),  and serve our families most effectively.

What if my child doesn't want to eat school lunch? Why should I fill out the form?

Even if your child chooses to bring their own lunch, filling out the form is very important! It ensures that Rockport Public Schools gets all of the funding and benefits available to support teachers and students. Also, even if your child does not eat school lunch, students who qualify for free lunch also can receive other benefits like:

  • P-EBT eligibility.
  • Free or discounted Bus Pass fees and Athletic Fees.
  • Discounts for your family on utilities and internet service
  • Reduced fees for SAT and ACT tests and college applications

 

In addition, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. More SNAP information can be found at gettingsnap.org or by calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

The food and nutrition department at Rockport Public Schools thanks you for your patience in awaiting this news! As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide nourishing and healthy meals to all Rockport students so please reach out to us with any questions or concerns at 978-546-1243 or via email at [email protected]

Best regards,

Deborah Nokes

Director of Food Service

Rockport Public Schools

978-546-1243

[email protected]

 

 

About us:

The Foodservice team is excited to continue our mission of feeding hungry minds by providing meals to fuel the body to learn. Our dedicated team remains committed to excellence. The goal of our program is to provide high-quality, nutritious, healthy, tasty, and well-balanced meals to all students. Student safety remains our #1 priority.

The School Lunch program is an integral part of the Rockport Public School System. We strive to meet all the students & staff's needs, both nutritionally and socially, by serving a nutritious breakfast and lunch of high quality in a cheerful, pleasant, and welcoming atmosphere. It is our role to encourage everyone to eat breakfast and lunch that conforms to the dietary guidelines for healthy Americans while recognizing the individual preferences of each person who participates in our program. Our menus reflect the students' tastes by offering the choices most popular to students. All lunches include a wide assortment of vegetables & fruit along with a variety of cold milk (skim, low-fat, and fat-free flavored milk).

 

 

  • LUNCH ACCOUNT INFORMATION:
  • You may need to re-establish an account at familyportal.cloud. Log on attempts to our prior online portal Sendmoneytoschool.com will redirect you to our new online payment and information portal, "familyportal.cloud".  You will need your child’s name, student ID#, and birthdate to reestablish the account. If you need help in accessing your child’s Student ID # Please contact the Foodservice Department at 978-546-1243 or via email at [email protected].
  • Cash or checks are always accepted at the register in our school cafeterias to make purchases or to fund an account. Parents may also access our online portal familyportal.cloud to monitor or fund their child’s lunch account. Familyportal assesses a $2.85 convenience fee per monetary transaction on their web platform.
  • A $25.00 Overdraft charge is applied to the student’s account for returned checks, physical and electronic. There is a $2.50 charge for any check that is uncollectable (incorrect routing or account number entered). If you do not want your child to charge snacks to his/her account, please notify the food service office or log onto your child’s FAMILY PORTAL account and set the restrictions.
  • To receive a free lunch meal, students must select at least 3 of the 5 offered meal components. Breakfasts must include 3 food items. The district is only funded to provide full meals under this program. 2nd meals are allowable but will be charged at ala Carte pricing. If milk is purchased without a full meal your child’s account will be billed $0.75 per 8 oz carton.
 

MENUS:

  • Menus are written in accordance with USDA guidelines for public schools and are available on the drop-down tab to your right
  • All snack products sold or distributed via the Afterschool Snack Program meet the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools and the USDA's Smart Snacks nutritional standards.

 

FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS:

It’s more than just a meal application. Our meal application affects many areas. As mentioned above, all students will receive free meals for the 2022-2023 school year regardless of their Free and Reduced Meals Program eligibility status under the USDA waiver. We ask that you continue to submit your application for FREE AND REDUCED Priced Meals as this is vitally important to our district (unless you have already received a letter from the Rockport Foodservice office stating that your child(ren) has been Directly Certified for benefits through the State of Massachusetts). Our Free and Reduced Application numbers greatly impact federal and state monies that our district receives to help ensure our students receive the support they need to receive a comprehensible world-class education along with helping to support our computer network. An approved free or reduced status will ensure you receive discounts on Athletic fees, Transportation fees, and Testing fees (SAT, ACT, and AP). Please help us help our students!  You can apply for benefits at FAMILY PORTALor you may download the application on the link to the right. A paper copy of the application is available at your child’s school or by calling or emailing the Food Service Director.  

 

The schools, in general, benefit from the submission and approval of benefit applications with improved grant funding. If you require assistance filling the form out, please let us know.

Apply for meal benefits online at Family Portal

 

 

If you would prefer a paper application, please call the Food Service office and one will be mailed to you. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions!

Deborah Nokes

Office Hours 6:30-1:30

[email protected]

978-546-1243

Nondiscrimination Statement

 

In accordance with federal civil rights 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 (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. 

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. 

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: 

  1. mail:
    S. Department of Agriculture 
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or 
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 
  3. email:
    [email protected] 

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

 

Last Updated: August 2, 2022