Since March of 2020, the federal government has provided free meals to all students. Congress recently declined to continue funding this program beyond this school year. This means all students will return to full price meals or will need to apply for free or reduced meals for the next school year.
There are important steps you can take after July 1, 2022 to be sure your student receives the meals they need next year.
Your student may qualify for free or reduced meals, but you must take action to make it happen. Please follow the steps below:
Watch for a direct certification letter from the district. This is your automatic approval of meal benefits. If you qualify through direct certification, you will not be required to complete a separate application.
If you don’t receive a direct certification letter by the end of July, please complete the 2022-2023 online application, which will be available through your Parent Portal app. Additionally, we will notify you by email at this time.
If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, please ensure you maintain a positive balance on your meal account. Information on meal prices can be found at the bottom of our Food Service webpage.
Tips for maintaining your meal account balance
Create a family account – To combine all children to one meal account, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This allows all children to draw on one meal account.
Set up auto-replenish – See our Food Service webpage for details on how you can set up automatic payments that will prevent your account from running out of funds.
To learn more about past-due meal accounts (negative lunch account balance), please review the related School Board policy, po8500.
Elementary School Students - A la carte purchases are not available for our elementary students.
Middle School Students - It is our practice to require permission to purchase ala carte items on account. Students without permission will be required to pay cash for ala carte purchases. This will stay on file for 7th and 8th grade unless you request a change. Any permission given last year for current 7th and 8th grade students in on file. Please click here to allow ala carte purchase on account for your 6th grade student or 7th/8th grade student who currently do not have permission. Please allow 24 hours for processing.
High School Students - It is our practice to allow purchasing of ala carte items on account. Students will be allowed to purchase ala carte items on account unless you have requested we block these purchases. This will stay on file for the remainder of high school unless you request a change. Please click hereto block ala carte purchases on account for your 9th grade student or 10th, 11th, 12th grade students who currently have permission.
Family Accounts and Automatic Replenishment**By using both of the options below you should never have to worry about your student not having funds available.
Family Accounts: You may choose to combine all students into one account. This means, one reminder, one payment for all of your children. Please contact Jenny McKenna at Jenny.McKenna@stoughton.k12.wi.us if you would like to create a family account.
Automatic Replenishment : You may set up an automatic replenishment at a minimum balance or on specific days of the month. Option 2 is great for our dual household students! Please go to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Click here for directions.