FAQs

School Meal Program

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a federal program that allows students at Columbus, Buel, Grandhaven, Newby and Wascher elementary students , regardless of family income, to receive one breakfast and lunch each day at no charge. This program begins the first day of school and lasts all school year.  

This is a change from prior years when all schools, including the secondary (middle and high) schools, were eligible. All households were provided a letter (Español) describing the CEP program and the changes coming up for 2018-19.

All elementary students enrolled in McMinnville School District are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch including milk at school at no charge each day of the 2018-19 school year. 

Due to changes in community economic conditions, students at Memorial Elementary School, as well as all district secondary schools, no longer qualify for the CEP. However, under a CEP related provision, known as Provision 2, the district can still offer Memorial students meals at no charge for the 2018/19 school year.

Provision 2 requires that Memorial families complete a free/reduced meal application, so that the district can establish an economic ratio for federal reimbursement. Memorial students do not have to qualify for free meals under the school meals program income guidelines; rather, the free/reduced meal application, itself, is a requirement of Provision 2 as a method of gathering information for the USDA, which oversees the school meals program.

The secondary schools will return to the traditional meal program service. Click here to find out how secondary students can qualify for free or reduced price meals.See below for additional information.

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.

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