Charging and Collection of Payment for School Meals

The Greenfield Public School Food Service Department recognizes the importance of student nutrition and the role proper nutrition plays in successful learning. As a courtesy, the Food Service Department will provide the regularly scheduled lunch to students who have no money on their accounts, including remote learners or have forgotten to bring money for the purchase of lunch when in-person learning. We work to keep our meal prices as low as possible, and ensure students receive sound nutrition even if they occasionally forget their lunch money; however, we are still obligated to run a cost-effective program. Please read the charging procedures listed below. Breakfast is free for all Greenfield Public Schools students. Greenfield High School, Greenfield Middle School, Newton Elementary, Federal Street Elementary, and Academy of Early Learning are part of the Community Eligibility Provision and are therefore able to provide free lunch to all students who attend, without the need for a household application. Students at the Discovery School of Four Corners may receive a free/ reduced priced lunch based on their household application. Applications are free and are available in the Food Service Office at 195 Federal Street, Suite 100. 

                                              

Charging/Payment Practices

 

  • Both cash and checks are acceptable ways to purchase meals, and are accepted occur at the point of sale.. 

  • Payments can be made online at Myschoolbucks.com, at the point of sale, mailed, or delivered to the Greenfield Public Schools Food Service Department, 195 Federal Street, Suite 100, Greenfield MA, 01301.

  • Balances can be checked at your convenience by simply logging into your My School Bucks account at www.myschoolbucks.com. You can also contact the food service department at 413-772-1334 or emailing Joan Bitters joabit1@gpsk12.org or Eliza Calkins elical1@gpsk12.org 

  • All reasonable measures will be taken by the Food Service Director and administrators to collect money owed by parents or guardians of students with negative account balances. 

  • The balance is expected to be kept current and funded by students’ parent / guardian. Students with a negative balance will be allowed to temporarily charge a regular lunch of their choice; however, please understand, the district cannot assume responsibility for students’ bad debt. Collection efforts will continue until the balance is paid. 

  • Students with negative balances will not be allowed to charge a la carte items, such as second meals or milk when purchased separately from a meal. Under normal school operations, additional a la carte items are sold at Greenfield High School. These additional a la carte items sold at GHS include A-list approved snacks and beverages sold individually. Money must be added to accounts in order to purchase any a la carte items at any school location.

  • USDA federal regulations require that unpaid charges are to be covered by the general fund. Those debts will still be expected to be paid by the parent or guardian and will not be forgiven until paid. 

  • Payment plans can be arranged with the food service department. These plans are kept confidential. Please call the Food Services Office at 413-772-1334 to discuss a payment plan. 

  • You may request a new free and reduced lunch application from your school at any time or by calling the Food Services Office at 413-772-1334. 

 

For online payment and additional payment information, please visit the Food Services Payment Portal under the Food Services Department on the Greenfield Public Schools district website at  www.gpsk12.org. The My School Bucks link can be found there. From this link, you may pay or pre-pay your child’s account. Please note that there is a $2.49 transaction fee. It is recommended that you make larger payments at one time to avoid more fees, when using the online payment method. You will need the child’s name, student ID number and the zip code 01301, or see our instructions under the dropdown bar on the website. 

  • 2020-2021 School lunch prices are as follows:

    • Discover School at Four Corners -  $3.00 

  • Reduced Lunch Prices - $0.40

  • Separately Purchased Milk - $0.60 (Milk is free with school provided meals)

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/program-discrimination-complaint-filing, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)  mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.