FAQs

School Meal Program

McMinnville School District will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for Columbus, Buel, Grandhaven, Newby, and Wascher elementary students for the 2019-2020 school year. The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture administers this program and provides funding.  

Students attending Columbus, Buel, Grandhaven, Newby, and Wascher elementary are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch including milk at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2019-2020 school year. No further action is required of you. Your elementary child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit an application. Students will still be able to purchase milk or juice to accompany meals brought from home for .60 cents if desired. Additional breakfasts or lunches will be available for purchase if desired. 

Students attending Memorial Elementary, Patton Middle School, Duniway Middle School, and McMinnville High School will receive meals through the traditional National School Lunch Program. This means that students who are not approved for free or reduced meal benefits will be required to pay for meals. We encourage all families needing meal benefits to apply. After October 16, 2019, those families approved for benefits last year will be required to have new benefit approvals for this school year. The income guidelines change each year, so families are required to apply each school year under the traditional program. If families are not approved by the October 16, 2019 deadline, they will be required to pay the full meal price. The previous status of your student (eligible or ineligible for free/reduced meals) will be retained through the October deadline unless a new application is received. New benefit status takes effect immediately upon application processing. 

There are two ways you may apply for free/reduced meals:
1. *Complete an application on line~To access the online application Click here

2. *Complete a paper application~ you may pick one up at your student’s school. Once complete, return the application to your student’s school, or mail it to or drop it off at McMinnville School District District Office, 800 NE Lafayette, Ave., McMinnville, Oregon. 97128.

Frequently asked questions

Will students be able to purchase additional meals, milk, juice and a a carte items?

Yes.  Students will be able to purchase additional meals and a la carte items in addition to milk or juice to accompany meals brought from home. These items can be paid for with cash or funds from their myschoolbucks online account.

What is the price for a second meal or milk and juice?

Click here for prices.

Is there a way to pay for ?

Yes, the district’s myschoolbucks online meal account program is still available for you to deposit funds for your student to access additional meals or a la carte items.

We encourage you to use any existing online meal account balances for students to purchase extra meals and a la carte items in addition to milk and juice. Funds can also be transferred between student accounts. If you need assistance, call Debbie Vickers at 503.565.4046.

What if I want a refund?

If you prefer to have your students online balance refunded, please see your cafeteria manager for a refund request form. Each school cafeteria has forms.

How do I access reduced fees for sports, class fees and other services?

Complete a Free/Reduced lunch application and sign an information release form. 

Will my student in a middle school or at the high school be able to purchase a la carte items?

A la carte items will be available for sale. All items sold apart from a school meal will need to be purchased with cash or with a student meal account. School stores will not have access to student meal accounts; only cash will be accepted at school stores. A la carte items must meet federal and state nutrition guidelines.

Will school stores be open?

School stores will be open and will take cash only. All items sold at school must meet federal and state nutrition guidelines.

What if I have another question?

Call Debbie Vickers at 503.565.4046 or Cinthia Hiatt-Henry at 503.565.4045.

McMinnville School District is an equal opportunity provider

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