Food Service

Free Meals Through June 2022

All Brandywine Height Area School District (BHASD) students will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch on campus each school day for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year, thanks to a nationwide waiver from the USDA that allows school districts to take advantage of the Seamless Summer Option though June 2022. Although there are no income requirements to receive free meals this school year, BHASD is still urging families who qualify to apply for free or reduced-price meals in order to access a wealth of other benefits. See the Free & Reduced Breakfast & Lunch Program page for more information.

VIRTUAL ACADEMY STUDENTS

BHASD will distribute free to-go meals once a week from the High School. locations. In the 2021-22 school year, the curbside distribution is only available to students enrolled in the Virtual Academy. In-person students are not eligible to pick up meals since they can receive free meals on campus.

See the Virtual Academy Meal Pick-Up (2021-2022) form for more details and to sign up.

Storage and Reheating Instruction

Breakfast and lunch are available to all Brandywine Heights Area School District students. BHASD Food Service follows the National School Lunch Programs Regulations.

Online 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 online click the link below or on the Free & Reduced Price Breakfast & Lunch Program link from the menu options on the right of this screen.

Online Free and Reduced Meal Application – PA School Meals

Account Balance Request Form/ Refund Request

Please fill out the Account Balance Request Form if a student has moved out of the district, graduates, or an extra online payment was made in error. You will have the option to request a refund, transfer funds to another student, or donate the remaining funds within a positive school meal account. Check refund requests will only be accepted up to 30 days after the last day of school, for graduating seniors. Once the 30 days have passed, any positive balances will be automatically donated to help other students in need. If your child is not a graduating senior, account balances will automatically be transferred into the next school year.

Please remember that check refunds can only be issued if the amount in the account is more than $1.

To fill out the request form please click the following link:

Account Balance Request Form

Any questions or concerns may be directed towards cafe@bhasd.org

Traditional Menu with Offer Vs Serve

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.

Point of Sale System

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. Money in the child’s meal account at the end of the school year will be carried over to the next school year.

Summer Meals in Your Community

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