Food Services

To contact the Food Service Department call 610.682.5141

Breakfast and lunch are available to all Brandywine Heights Area School District students. BHASD Food Service follows the National School Lunch Programs Regulations. On-line Application for Free/Reduced Price meals.  It makes it faster and easier for parents to apply for free and reduced meals. This free service enables families to receive program benefits faster than using the paper application. Your application is electronically submitted directly to the child nutrition office for processing. To apply for meal benefits on-line click on the Free & Reduced Price Breakfast & Lunch Program link from the links on the right of this screen.

Article (click here to read) – School Meals: A Nutritious Choice for Your Students! Food Service follows what is called a Traditional menu with Offer vs. Serve. This means that students are offered daily: 1 serving: Meat or meat alternate 1 serving: Fruit 1 serving: Vegetable 1 serving: Bread or bread alternate 1 serving: Milk A student needs to take at least 3 out of the 5 items listed, and one of the items must be a fruit or vegetable to qualify for a meal price. Extra items such as ice cream, bagged snacks, bottled water and beverages other than milk are not included in the price of the meal. The cafeteria uses cycle menus. The breakfast menu is for one week, and the lunch menu is a four-week cycle. In addition to the posted menu alternative meals are also available. Click on the Menu button to see the new menus.

Menu prices for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows: Elementary & Intermediate School Student Lunch: $2.65 Middle & High School Student Lunch: $2.85 Elementary & Intermediate School Student Breakfast: $1.75 Middle & High School Student Breakfast: $2.00 Student Reduced Breakfast: $.30 Student Reduced Lunch: $.40 Adult Lunch: $4.50 Adult Breakfast: $3.00 Please be sure your child has a lunch or sufficient funds in their account to purchase lunch. The district has established procedures in the event a child has no lunch or lunch money. Free and Reduced Price Meal Lunch Program

The Brandywine Heights Area School District uses a computerized Point of Sale payment system for all school meals and items purchased in the district’s cafeterias. NUTRIKIDS is an automated cafeteria check out system. The process for students purchasing their breakfast and lunch will be the same. A student will go through the lunch line, choose their food items, and when they proceed to the register, they will either enter their pin number (Student ID #) or swipe their ID card. No need for handling cash in the serving line. Every student will have their own personal meal account based on their current student ID number. Students can access their accounts on the PIN pads located at every register. Staff will help students become familiar with the process the first few weeks of school. If your child should forget their PIN number or misplace their ID, a food service staff member can access it through the register. Free/Reduced lunch information is securely contained within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students. When a student’s meal account gets low, the cashier will send a reminder envelope home with your child.  Money in the child’s meal account at the end of the school year will be carried over to the next school year.

A prepaid account for all students allows parents to deposit money in your child’s account, in any amount, at any time, without concerns about giving their student the exact change every morning. There are two methods for depositing money into a student’s account. 1. Prepay Online = Deposits can be made using a credit or debit card by going to a student account from the district’s website: www.bhasd.org parent resource page and clicking on the mySchoolBucks.com link. Details about the program can be found below at the MySchoolBucks – On-line Payment Service Information section. There is a small transaction fee for this service. 2. Check or Cash = Deposits can be submitted using check or cash in a pre-labeled envelope available in each school cafeteria. We recommend that parents send in checks rather than cash. If there is more than one student in a family, one deposit envelope may be used as long as you list the ID numbers of each student and tell us the amounts to deposit to each account. Example: A $20.00 check……Billy Doe – Grade 4 #1111 $10.00, Judy Doe – Grade 6 #2222 $10.00 Checks are to be made payable to Brandywine Heights Area School District Cafeteria Account. Please include your child’s PIN (student ID #) on the check. A secured lock box located in each school cafeteria for students to place deposits in sealed pre-labeled envelopes. Envelopes with a deposit must be placed in a secured lock box which is located in the cafeteria of each building. Make sure the student information is included on the envelope.

New federal nutrition standards concerning foods and beverages available to students outside their school breakfasts and lunches were implemented by Brandywine Heights Area School District beginning the 2014-15 school year. The new “Smart Snacks in School” regulations, effective July 1, 2014, are the latest step in a refinement of school-food nutrition that began in 2010 with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). Per the regulations, the Smart Snacks standards will be in effect from midnight the day before a school day to 30 minutes after the end of the school day across the entire school campus. Smart Snacks regulates foods and beverages available in vending machines, a la carte, school stores and fundraising. BHASD has made gradual revisions to the food available in its cafeterias since the introduction of HHFKA; the implementation of Smart Snacks builds on these revisions. The HHFKA requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in school. Last summer, the USDA updated the nutrition standards for all foods and beverages available to students during school breakfasts and lunches. All foods sold in schools must follow the requirements listed below.

  • Be a “whole grain-rich” product; or
  • Have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or
  • Be a combination food that contains at lease 1/4 cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or
  • Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber) (Effective July 1, 2016, foods may not qualify using the 10% DV criteria)

A Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools

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The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires all School Food Authorities (SFAs) to inform families about the availability and location of free meals for students over the summer months through the Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offers free, nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger during the summer when school is not in session. SFSP is a federal child nutrition program. There are approximately 2500 locations throughout Pennsylvania that serve breakfast, lunch and /or snacks. Many of the locations provide activities as well. How to find a SFSP location near you: • Call: 211or1.866.3HUNGRY or 1.877.8HAMBRE • Text: 11FOOD11 or 11COMIDA11 to 877877 • Download: RangeAPP.org mobile app • Visit: fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks