Welcome to Livonia Food Services
The Livonia Central School Food Service Department offers an in-school meal service that has implemented an electronic meal system called MySchoolBucks.
BENEFITS OF THE MYSCHOOLBUCKS SYSTEM:
Meal lines will be more efficient because there is little money being exchanged.
Students do not have to worry about losing or protecting their money.
Confidentiality is maintained for participants in the National School Lunch Program.
It is an efficient and effective way for us to meet your child's needs now and in the future.
Mobile app now available!
OPTIONAL ONLINE ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:
Online payments are managed by https://www.myschoolbucks.com.
Things to know about MySchoolBucks:
The convenience fee per transaction will is $2.75
mySchoolBucks has the following payment methods available for use:
Parents may fund up to $120 per student, but a family may pay for all of their students on a single transaction
How much do meals cost during the 2022-23 School Year?
Lunch PK-5 $2.60
Lunch 6-12 $2.75
Staff lunches are $5.21 + tax
Staff breakfasts are $2.71 + tax
Where can I find the breakfast and lunch menu?
The menus are located on the website and app. You can find it by going into the menu drop-down and clicking on the dining icon. You can also find it on the new app on the building and district home pages.
Is ice cream and other a la carte items available?
Yes, a la carte items are available along with extra meals for purchase. You can use MySchoolBucks to add money to your student's account. Students are also welcome to pay/add funds at the register.
Who do I contact with questions about food service?
Our Food Service Director, Rebecca Schorer, can be reached at RSchorer@livoniacsd.org or by calling 346-4000 x4060
Food Service Charge Procedures
Livonia Central School District provides the opportunity for all students to have a balanced, nourish meal which helps them to reach their highest level of learning potential throughout their school day.
We realize that students do sometimes forget or lose their meal money and therefore have set forth the below outlined charge procedures.
A computerized point of sale system is used to track student purchases, prepayment and charges. Each student is identified by his or her student identification number and picture id.
Meal Charge and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming Plan
The goal of the Livonia Central School District is to provide student access to nutritious no- or low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a pupil whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a pupil whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees.
Unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our school. The purpose of this policy is to insure compliance with federal requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and, and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances to ensure that the student is not stigmatized, distressed or embarrassed.
The intent of this policy is to establish procedures to address unpaid meal charges throughout the Livonia Central School District in a way that does not stigmatize, distress or embarrass students. The provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced reimbursable school breakfast, lunch and snack meals only. The Livonia Central School District provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their money. Charging of items outside of the reimbursable meals (a la carte items, adult meals, etc.) is expressly prohibited.
Free Meal Benefit - Free eligible students will be allowed to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal of their choice each day. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
Reduced Meal Benefit - Reduced eligible students will be allowed to receive a breakfast of their choice for $.25 and lunch of their choice for $.25 each day. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student’s parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
Full Pay Students - Students will pay for meals at the school’s published paid meal rate each day. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student’s parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.
Ongoing Staff Training:
Staff will be trained annually at the back to school workshop and throughout the year as needed on the procedures for managing meal charges using the NYSED Webinar or the school’s training program. New hired staff will be trained on this policy upon hire.
The School Lunch Manger will include this in the annually self-review done yearly to ensure compliance with the district plan.
Staff training includes ongoing eligibility certification for free or reduced price meals.
Parents/guardians will be notified that a student’s account balance is exhausted and has accrued meal charges within 7 days of the charge via e-mail. A second attempt after 7 day will be made with a phone call and a follow up letter including a free/reduced application will be mailed home.
Staff will communicate with parents/guardians with five or more meal charges to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals.
A Meal application is mailed to each district household within the school calendar before the start of the school year and is available on the districts website. Meal Application Link
School staff will make two documented attempts to reach out to parents/guardians to complete a meal application in addition to the application and instructions provided in the school enrollment packet.
School staff will contact the parent/guardian to offer assistance with completion of meal application to determine if there are other issues within the household causing the child to have insufficient funds, offering any other assistance that is appropriate.
Minimizing Student Distress:
School will not publicly identify or stigmatize any student on the line or discuss any outstanding meal debt in the presence of any other students. Students who incur meal charges will not be required to wear a wristband or handstamp, or to do chores or work to pay for meals. Schools will not throw away a meal after it has been served because of the student’s inability to pay for the meal or because of previous meal charges.
Schools will not take any action directed at a pupil to collect unpaid school meal fees.
Schools will deal directly with parents/guardians regarding unpaid school meal fees.
Ongoing Eligibility Certification:
School staff will conduct direct certification with NYSSIS or using NYSED Roster Upload to maximize free eligibility. NYSED provides updated direct certification data monthly.
School staff will provide parents/guardians with free and reduced price application and instructions at the beginning of each school year in school enrollment packet.
Schools will provide at least two additional free and reduced price applications throughout the school year to families identified as owing meal charges.
Schools will use administrative prerogative judiciously, only after using exhaustive efforts to obtain a completed application from the parent/guardian only with available information on family size and income that falls within approvable guidelines.
Schools will coordinate with the foster, homeless, migrant, runaway coordinators to certify eligible students. School liaisons required for homeless, foster, and migrant students shall coordinate with the nutrition department to make sure such students receive free school meals, in accordance with federal law.
Students/Parents/Guardians may pay for meals in advance via www.myschoolbucks.com or with a check payable to Livonia Central School District School Lunch Fund. Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the possibility that a child may be without meal money on any given day. Any remaining funds for a particular student may/will be carried over to the next school year.
Refunds for withdrawn, and graduating students; a written or e-mailed request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. Students who are graduating at the end of the year will be given the option to transfer to a sibling’s account with a written or verbal request.
Unclaimed Funds must be requested within one school year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Livonia Central School District Food Service Program.
Thank you for your partnership and support with ensuring that we provide a nourishing meal for your student and maintain fiscal responsibility.