Food Service News-Back to School

Welcome Back!

Dear Families,

We want to welcome everyone to the 2020-2021 school year! We know this year looks very different from past years. Please know we are here for all of our students and will do our very best to make this year a positive experience.


This newsletter will outline updates for the 2020-2021 school year as well as meal options for students as we navigate through the Phases of Re-opening our school buildings. Please take the time to review the information and ask any questions that this newsletter may not answer.


We thank you for the opportunity to serve your students and look forward to a safe and healthy school year!

Meal Service

We are pleased to offer ALL HSE students the opportunity to order/purchase breakfast and lunch meals during Phase 1-Virtual Learning starting August 11th.


A form will be sent each week for families to make their menu selections by Thusday for the following week.


The first form link will be sent next week and pre-orders are due August 6th for pick up on August 11th.


All menu selections will be picked up on Tuesdays at the school location you select between 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Any selections made will be charged to your student's lunch acount, regardless if meals are picked up.


The hot menu selections will need to be heated at home. Please refer to the menu below for daily options. Instructions are available at https://www.hseschools.org/services/food .


The amount charged will be based on their eligibility of Free, Reduced or Paid price meals. Meal prices are listed below.


Breakfast - Grades K- 12: Paid $1.25, Reduced $0.30, Free $0.00


Lunch - Grades K - 6: Paid $2.80, Reduced $0.40 Free $0.00


Lunch- Grades 7 - 12: Paid $2.95, Reduced $0.40 Free $0.00



Meal service procedures will change as we move through the re-opening school phases. Information will be provided to families prior to each transition

HSE Virtual Learning Menu - Phase 1

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Medical Nutrition Needs

We understand some students may have a medical nutrition need. We are happy to explore options with you to see if there are reasonable accomodations that we can meet. Please contact Eva Lutz, Assitant Director of Nutrition & Food Services or Andria Ray, Director of Nutrition & Food Services for support.

The Basics

Meal Prices:

There will be a 10 cent increase to paid meal prices for the 2020-2021 school year. Information on why there is an increase can be found at https://go.boarddocs.com/in/hses/Board.nsf/Public



The paid meal prices for HSE schools are as follows:


Grades K-6: Breakfast $1.25, Lunch $2.80


Grades 7-12: Breakfast $1.25, Lunch $2.95





Free & Reduced Meal Applications:


Beginning July 15, 2020, the Food Service Department began accepting Free & Reduced Price Meal Benefit Applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Information regarding frequently asked questions for completing a Free & Reduced Meal Benefit Application can be found at this link https://www.hseschools.org/services/food.



Again, this year, we will be accepting online applications in addition to paper applications. The online Free & Reduced Meal Application can be found on Skyward Family Access under the Food Service Tab. The online application option is currently available.



It is preferred that the Free & Reduced Meal Benefit application be completed online. However, if you do not have internet access or prefer to complete a written form it will be available online at https://www.hseschools.org/services/food or you may request a paper copy of the application from your student’s school or the Nutrition & Food Services office.




Making a Payment:


There are several options available for families to use when making a payment to their student’s lunch account.


- Online, pre-payments (efunds)

- Cash (brought when picking up meals)

- Check (brought when picking up meals)



Families can bring cash or check to school when they pick up meals. Cash and check payments will be applied to the student account the day it is received. When sending cash or check it is extremely important to have the student name and ID number written on the check memo line and/or the envelope. This will ensure the funds are placed on the correct account.



In addition, we have an online payment system for families to use to make pre-payments on student’s accounts. This system is EFunds and a link directly to their site is below. Please remember payments made using the online system must be made prior to midnight in order to be available the next day. EFunds is available now to make payments.



https://eps.mvpbanking.com/cgi-bin/efs/login.pl?access=55481



EFunds should not be used for same day payments; this is a pre-payment system only. Payments must be made before midnight to ensure funds are applied the next day.


Low Balance Notifications:

There are several ways parents can stay updated on their student’s account balance. Parents and students can log into their Skyward Family Access account and view purchases and balances. Families may also choose to receive low balance email and/or text alerts when the account balance is below $10.00 through their Skyward Family Access account.