The Barberton City Schools Food Service Department believes:
National School Breakfast and Lunch program
- A well-nourished child is better prepared to learn
- Learning healthy eating habits at an early age is essential to developing life-long healthy and productive lifestyles.
- The school breakfast and lunch should be the most affordable source of nutrition available for all children.
- A healthy diet can be achieved by selecting a wide variety of foods using the “Choose My Plate” model as a guide for daily food choices. Please visit choosemyplate.gov for further information.
- The school’s food service staff is an integral partner in the education of the child.
The Barberton Schools participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch program. Students from households at or below the published income level may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Returning for this school is year, is our on-line application. This will be available on July 8, 2019. This is our preferred method of applying for the program.
To access the site, click here
or on the option to the right of your screen. Parents must have their student ID numbers(s) and an email address to take advantage of this option. When you first login you will need to click on, "Register", select "Parent", and set up your contact information. After you complete this section, it will redirect you back to the login screen where you will enter the information you just setup. Once all of the information is entered, it will let you know you have completed all required information. The application will be approved by the Food Service office and you will be sent a determination letter or email letting you know what benefits you qualify for. Please see the directions for applying online
if you have any questions. You may use a desktop, laptop, chromebook, or smartphone to enter the information. You may also obtain an application from your building secretary or print one from the link on the right or your screen.
A new Free & Reduced Lunch application MUST BE COMPLETED EACH NEW SCHOOL YEAR; failure to do so will result in a termination of lunch benefits. Applications are accepted anytime during the school year.
You may use one Free and one Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all of the required information. Return the completed application to the office of the school your youngest child attends, only if you cannot complete an application online.
About Our Breakfast Program
The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Integrated Student Supports in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administrates the Ohio School Breakfast Program. Nationally several million children start their day with a nutritionally balanced school breakfast.
Children who eat breakfast:
- Perform better in the classroom
- Are less irritable in the morning
- Improve in test scores
- Increase learning readiness
- Are more attentive in school
Time and again, statistics have proven that breakfast is the building block for the day. However, sometimes it’s the most easily forgotten due to parents and children rushing to get to work and school.
Barberton City School District offers breakfast in every school. If your child has a free or reduced lunch application on file, he or she is also eligible for a free or reduced priced breakfast.
NEW SERVING TIMES FOR BREAKFAST:
- Barberton High School serves breakfast from 7:00 – 7:20 am.
- Barberton Middle School serves breakfast from 7:30 – 7:50 am.
- Barberton Elementary East serves breakfast from 8:25 - 9:00 am.
- Barberton Elementary West serves breakfast from 8:25 – 9:00 am.
- Barberton Preschool serves breakfast at 8:30 am.
About our Lunch Program
The United States Department of Agriculture’s 1993 School Nutrition Dietary Assessment studies show that the eating patterns of children and youth parallel the eating patterns of the nation. Generally, children are consuming too much fat, saturated fat, sodium and too few complex carbohydrates.
Since school meals provide a significant contribution to a child’s diet, our School Food Service Department has planned menus which includes low fat foods, additional servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grain products. Our goal is to menu and serve school lunches that contributes no more than 30% of calories from fat and 10% or less calories from saturated fat. In addition our planned menus provide the nutrient standards for calories, protein, calcium, iron and vitamins A & C, for your child’s specific age group.
Computerized Point of Sale
All schools in our district have a computerized point of sale, which allow parents to deposit money into their student’s account. All of our students have been assigned an ID number, which they have memorized. They will keep the same ID number from kindergarten all the way through the twelfth grade. When the student goes through the lunch line, they will enter their student ID number into the pin pad. The system contains a student database, which will include a picture of the student along with the student’s information including their account balance.
Some additional points to remember are listed below:
- Pre-payment for meals and milk by the week, month or year will be accepted any time.
- Pre-payment on account is encouraged but not mandated. Students still have the option of purchasing their lunch on a daily basis with cash.
- Please send check, cash or money order for pre-payment in a sealed envelope or Magic Meal envelope.
- Make checks payable to your school's cafeteria.
- “Magic Meal Envelopes” are available at your child’s elementary school or include the below information on any envelope.
- Information on lunch envelopes must include your child’s name and Student ID number.
- Please do not combine lunch money with other school fees on the same check or money order.
- To review our Barberton City School District Payment Procedure for School Meals, click here.
Free & Reduced Priced Meals
The Barberton Schools participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch program. Students from households at or below the published income level may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals. To apply for this benefit, please obtain an application from your building secretary, print one off of this site, OR the preferred method, apply online by clicking here. A new Free & Reduced Lunch application must be completed each new school year, failure to do so will result in a termination of lunch benefits. Applications are accepted anytime during the school year.
PayForIt – Online School Meal Payment
The Barberton City Schools are pleased to offer parents the ability to manage their child’s meal account over the Internet by using PayForIt.net, an online school management tool. You can create and access your account by going straight to PayForIt.net or by accessing it from www.barbertonschools.org. Cash and checks will still be accepted, this is just another option. Barberton City School District absorbs all fees assocaited with using this option.
With PayForIt.net, parents can log in at any time to make a deposit to their child’s account, view their child’s account balance, set up recurring deposits to their child’s account, set up e-mail notifications when their child’s account falls below a certain dollar amount or see what the child purchased on their account for up to the last 30 days. PayForIt.net integrates seamlessly with the district software so when money is deposited it should be available for kids within two hours in most cases.
PayForIt.net allows you to view your child’s account balance and see what they have purchased. If you have multiple children enrolled in the Barberton City Schools you can add money to each child’s account during the same transaction.
Transactions processed by PayForIt.net are safe and secure using Secure Socket Link, SSL, technology with Digicert. With this technology, schools can be assured that all student information, credit card information and all other student data will be highly encrypted and secure.
If you wish to use a Mac computer to process a transaction, you must use Firefox internet browser; PayForIt.net is not currently compatible with Safari. You may download Firefox for free by visiting www.mozilla.com.
If you choose not to use PayForIt.net for credit card transactions, Barberton City Schools continues to accept cash and checks at each school cafeteria.
If your child/ren have an allery, please click here to access the Nursing Services webpage and locate the appropriate form for your situation. Return these forms to the school nurse in your building. The nurse will inform the cafeteria of your situation and Food Service will put a note on their meal account.