Families encouraged to apply for the National School Meal Program
The district has received confirmation that free school meals will not be available for ALL students for the the 2022-23 school year. As a reminder, we strongly encourage ALL families interested in the free and reduced meal program to fill out and submit their application for the upcoming school year. Please review this document to see if you qualify for free and reduced meals for the upcoming school year.
As a reminder, we would like to share the benefits of this program and why it’s important to fill out applications for the Free and Reduced Meal program. The benefits are as follows:
If your family qualifies for free or reduced meals through the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRPL) program, you may be entitled to other benefits.
· Up to $375 per child for summer meals. (A family of three can receive more than $1,000 in P-EBT* support.)
· Reduced internet fee of $15 through the Emergency Broadband Program (regularly $65).
· Student Chromebook damage coverage at reduced (or no) cost, available through the district (regularly $25).
· Free SUNY tuition or reduced FMCC tuition, and other benefits. Contact the school counseling office for details: 518-853-4415 x 4235.
Food Service Update: New Payment System Launched
For the 2022-23 school year, the district has started utilizing a new payment system, called TITAN School Solutions, where you can make online payments for your students’ meals. We are no longer utilizing MySchoolBucks, so you are now unable to make payments with your previous account. The district has worked with the TITAN School Solutions to ensure that funds that were in your previous accounts have been transferred to the new payment system.
As part of this process, you must go to https://family.titank12.com and make a new account in order to continue making payments towards your students’ meals. You can also submit a meal application through TITAN School Solutions for the current school year. Click on “Sign up today!” to begin the process of making a new account and be sure to have the following information to successfully link your student(s) to your account:
* First Name
* Last Name
* Date of Birth
For further questions, please contact the Food Service Manager Mrs. Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to the support line for TITAN School Solutions at 916-467-4700 option 2.
Resources available for families
Families who may be experiencing hardships are encouraged to visit Hunger Solutions New York for information about the Pandemic EBT and SNAP eligibility. FFCS is not involved in these programs but we are sharing this information as a resource for our school families who may need extra support at home.
P-EBT Informational Update
We are writing to share important information related to your child(ren) P-EBT benefits program. If you currently have a student enrolled at FFCSD and feel that your child should receive this benefit, we ask that you submit an appeal using the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance P-EBT Information Form located here.
Please remember to fill out each question as it applies to your child(ren). Once completed, please submit the electronic form to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for review.
In addition, we are sharing the following FAQ from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to provide further information related to the P-EBT program. That information can be found here. If you have any further questions please contact the P-EBT Food Benefits Helpline: 1-833-452-0096.
Food service procedures
- Students who wish to purchase a second meal or an à la carte meal item, must have funds available on their meal account.
- If you choose not to take advantage of the online prepayment service, you may continue to make advance payments via check, which should be made payable to the FFCS Cafeteria. Please write your child’s full name within memo on the check.
- Meal accounts must be maintained throughout the week/month through Titan School Solutions.
- To view the breakfast and lunch menus for the elementary, middle and high schools, go to https://fondafultonville.nutrislice.com/menu.
FFCS uses an interactive website and smartphone app called Nutrislice to show breakfast and lunch menus. Nutrislice shows nutritional and allergy information for the items that are served. Read more and watch a how-to video at https://www.fondafultonvilleschools.org/nutrislice/.
- Milk: $1.00
- Breakfast: $1.50
- Elementary school lunch: $2.85
- Middle school lunch: $2.95
- High school lunch: $3.10
The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District has a “Breakfast After the Bell” program. It enables students to purchase and eat breakfast when and where it is most convenient for them.
Forms can now be submitted online
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and New York State understand the importance of healthy meals for growing children. We encourage all district families to apply and see if they qualify for free or reduced-priced meals at school. Please note that all information received on applications is strictly confidential and students’ who receive a benefit are never identified.
The Free & Reduced-Price Meal Program application can now be completed and submitted electronically. The form can be downloaded and completed on your technology device and then submitted to the school district through our Secure Upload System. Paper forms may also be submitted to your child’s school building office.
- Free & Reduced Price Meal Program Application
- Letter to Parents for School Meal Programs
- Solicitud de Familia para las Comidas Escolares y Leche Gratis o Precios Reducidos
- Carta para los padres para los programas de alimentos escolares
How and when can I apply for my child?
- If your household gets SNAP and/or TANF benefits, an application is NOT needed if you submit your household’s direct certification letter to the school or are identified through other school district resources.
- One application per household lasts for the entire school year.
- It is best to fill out and return the application at the beginning of the school year.
- A free/reduced application can also be submitted at any time.
- Your information will remain confidential as well as the ability to buy lunch at a free and reduced cost will remain confidential with the PIN based lunch software system utilized by the district.
- Income eligibility guidelines and other detailed information about the program are available on the USDA’s website.
Tips for filling out the application
When filling out the application form, please pay careful attention to these helpful hints.
- SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number: This must be the complete valid case number supplied to you by the agency including all numbers and letters, for example, E123456, or whatever combination is used in your county. Refer to a letter you received from your local Department of Social Services for your case number or contact them for your number.
- Foster Child: A child who is living with a family but who is under the legal care of the welfare agency or court may be listed on your family application. List the child’s “personal use” income. This includes only those funds provided by the agency which are identified for the personal use of the child, such as personal spending allowances, money received by his/her family, or from a job. Funds provided for housing, food and care, medical, and therapeutic needs are not considered income to the foster child. Write “0” if the child has no personal use income.
- Household: A group of related or non-related people who are living in one house and share income and expenses.
- Adult Family Members: All related and non-related people who are 21 years of age and older living in your house.
- Financially Independent: A person is financially independent and a separate economic unit/household when his or her earnings and expenses are not shared by the family/household.
- Current Gross Income: Money earned or received at the present time by each member of your household before deductions. Examples of deductions are federal tax, State tax, and Social Security deductions. If you have more than one job, you must list the income from all jobs. If you receive income from more than one source (wage, alimony, child support, etc.), you must list the income from all sources. Only farmers, self-employed workers, migrant workers, and other seasonal employees may use their income for the past 12 months reported from their 1040 Tax Forms. Examples of gross income are:
- Wages, salaries, tips, commissions, or income from self-employment
- Net farm income – gross sales minus expenses only – not losses
- Pensions, annuities, or other retirement income including Social Security retirement benefits
- Unemployment compensation
- Welfare payments (does not include value of SNAP)
- Public Assistance payments
- Adoption assistance
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Survivor’s Benefits
- Alimony or child support payments
- Disability benefits, including workman’s compensation
- Veteran’s subsistence benefits
- Interest or dividend income
- Cash withdrawn from savings, investments, trusts, and other resources which would be available to pay for a child’s meals
- Other cash income
- Income Exclusions: The value of any child care provided or arranged, or any amount received as payment for such child care or reimbursement for costs incurred for such care under the Child Care Development (Block Grant) Fund should not be considered as income for this program.
If you have any questions or need help in filling out the application form, please contact Vicki Palmer at 518-853-4508 ext. 4260.
If your student has dietary restrictions, please communicate this directly to our district school nurse. Once this information is received, along with a signed physician’s note, it will be passed to the Food Services department.
Food Items Containing Allergens
- Soy: bread, dinner roll, hamburger or hot dog bun, english muffins, saltine or graham crackers, pasta, vegetable oil, wraps, pancakes, waffles, mini-burger, chicken patty, chicken nuggets, hot dog, turkey burger, beefy patty crumbles, tuna fish, chicken dark meat strips, fajita chicken strips, taco meat, taco shell, gravy mix, soup base, pizza crust, bagels, cereal corn flakes, raisin bran contains trace of soy, dressing packets, margarine
- Wheat: wheat bread and rolls, pizza crust, crackers, saltine or graham, pasta, pancakes, waffles, mini burger, chicken patties, chicken nuggets, turkey burger, chicken dark meat strips, cheese sticks, any breaded item, bagels, soup base, gravy mix, cereal corn flake, raisin bran
- Milk: pancakes, waffles, cheese sticks, cheese, dairy products, yogurt, ranch, caesar dressing, instant mashed potato, margarine, any breaded item
- Egg: mayo, cheese sticks, egg salad, any breaded item, egg noodles, waffles, pancakes, most baked goods
- Peanut or Nut or Tree Nut: peanut butter, baked good made with nuts, coconut or coconut oil. Non-dairy whip topping contains coconut oils. Reminder, check content in cooking oil before baking with it.