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USDA Waiver Provides Free Meals For Students

The free meals were made possible after district officials received a waiver sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture. This change resumes the summer meal rules and regulations and makes meals free and available for all children 18 and under enrolled in our district and its programs. For information on ordering lunch please see the food service program front page.

 

This program is expected to continue through December 2020.  Once waiver expires students will go back to paying based on eligibility and through the systems listed below.  

How do students pay for lunch? 

NPS utilizes a computerized cash system to better serve students and parents as well as keep an accurate accounting system. All students have an account number which is their I.D. number given when registering for school. This I.D. number is theirs until they graduate. Money is deposited into accounts (in any amount) through MiStar ParentPortal, which may be accessed 24 hours a day, Any money left in the account will be carried over to the next school year. 
 
Secondary Level
At the secondary level, when the student scans their card at lunch time or enter their account number on the keypad, the money is automatically deducted from their account for all lunch items.

 

Elementary Level
At the elementary level, money may be deposited through MiStar ParentPortal, MiStar ParentPortal, may be accessed 24 hours a day. The money is deposited into their account before lunch and deducted after the student purchases lunch.  If your student would like to purchase milk or water with the money they have on their account, they may do so. 

 

Is there a program to assist if a family is unable to afford lunch? 

Yes, if a family needs help providing lunch for their students they may apply for free or reduced priced lunches, complete a Free or Reduced Lunch Application. Please visit our Free & Reduced Lunch Program page for more information and an application. Applications must be filled out annually and will only carry over from the previous school year for 30 days.  

What happens if my child forgets his lunch or lunch money? 

At the elementary level, if a student forgets their lunch or lunch money, the student may order lunch and food service will supply it; however, repayment is expected following day. You will be notified via our automated phone system and via a notice sent home with your student if your lunch account remains in the negative. 

How much taxpayer money is used to operate the School Food Service program? 

NPS Food Service program is a self sustaining operation. No funds from the NPS General Fund are used in the operation of the food service program. Food Service does receive partial reimbursement for “complete lunches served” from the federal government under the National School Lunch Program.

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