***ATTENTION: Important Food Service Meal Price Changes! Please read below***
Dear PUSD Parents and Guardians,
I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to a new and exciting school year.
I am writing to inform you that although PUSD Food Services is required to increase our lunch prices for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, we recognize that this could create a hardship on families and since we strive to feed all of our PUSD students, we will be offering “bonus meals!” When student accounts are paid in advance we will add one free bonus meal per five lunches paid for in advance. So if you prepay for 25 days of lunches, we will provide 5 free bonus meals. This can be done using our online payment feature, MySchoolBucks.com or by paying at the school site with a check, money order, or cash.
PUSD will continue to provide free and reduced-price meals for children who qualify under the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if their household income is less than or equal to the USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines. A NEW application MUST be filled out ANNUALLY. Students who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals must pay full-price for their meals or bring lunch from home. Our new bonus meal program will help with that.
It has always been, and will continue to be, the goal of PUSD Food Services to provide our students with the highest quality meals at the lowest prices as approved by the state and federal programs.
Background: As part of the Hunger Free Healthy Kids Act of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires all schools to calculate their average paid lunch price using a specific calculation called a Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) tool. This ensures that sufficient funds are provided via paid lunches and that schools are not using the Free and Reduced Lunch Program to offset the prices of the paid lunches. If the average paid lunch price for 2016-17 is at least $2.86, then no further action would be required, however our weighted average is only $2.56.