**** (2/22/23 update) CSDE has installed a SMART fund 2.0 grant which would make school breakfast & lunch FREE for the remainder of the 2023 school year.
To apply for free or reduced price meals, households should fill out one application per family. The application must be printed out, completed and signed by a parent or guardian and then returned to any District 13 school or to the Superintendent's Office at 135A Pickett Lane, Durham.
Reduced Breakfast & Lunch cost:
* Reduced Breakfast .30
* Reduced Lunch .40
Children receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) or Medicaid benefits may be directly certified and automatically eligible for free or reduced price meals without further applying for benefits. If you received a NOTICE of DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free or reduced price meals, do not complete the application, your children will automatically be enrolled in the program.
Please call the Superintendent's Office at 860-349-7200 if you have any questions regarding the Free/Reduced Breakfast / Lunch Program.
Regional School District 13 uses an on line electronic process for paying for school lunch called School Payment Portal. All transactions are immediately uploaded to the students account. There is NO more waiting for the foodservice director to upload the daily transactions. We use LunchTime point of sales software through the PowerSchool Student Information System to process all lunch transactions.
It’s quite a simple process. A parent/guardian shall deposit money into their child’s account. At the elementary schools each student is issued an ID badge. This badge has their photo and a student ID number that they will use at the point of sales when paying for their meals. Students will present their BADGE at the end of the lunch line, when they make their purchase. The cashier will scan their card and all their information comes up. The student is checked against their photo when they make their purchase and the cashier then verifies if that purchase meets all the necessary requirements to be a reimbursable meal, then it is recorded.
The process is the same for the secondary schools but we also allow the students to key in their student ID number on a keypad at point sale. Students will access their account through the use of the keypad so that the cashier can verify their account. Students may still use cash to purchase their meals, however; pre-payment speeds the lunch lines and allows your child more time to eat.
How do I pre-pay for meals or milk? Spanish Handbook
There are two ways to put money into your child’s account:
1. You may set up an account through LunchTime School Payment Portal https://schoolpaymentportal.com/Default.aspx. You can pre-pay whatever amount you choose through your checking account, debit or credit card. If you are not sure of your child’s student ID number you can contact the food service director (Mark Basil) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Payment Portal Provides Parents
2. You can send in a check or cash to the school cafeteria manager and they will enter it into your child’s account. Checks should be made payable to: Rsd13 Lunch Program. Please put your child’s name and grade on the check.
Can I view my child’s account balance?
What happens if my child doesn’t have money on his/her account and wants to buy lunch?
The food service procedure regarding meal charging is as follows;
The District uses an automated prepayment system for student meal accounts. Students whose accounts have insufficient funds, and who do not bring a meal or other funds to school to pay for meals, may charge meals to their meal accounts. Students will be informed of their right to purchase a meal, which excludes a la carte items, for any school breakfast, lunch or other meal offered by the District, even if the student’s account has insufficient funds.
The Board prohibits publicly identifying or shaming a student for any unpaid meal charges, including, but not limited to, the following:
Collection of Unpaid Meal Charges
The District’s efforts to recover from households money owed due to the charging of meals must not have a negative impact on the children involved and shall focus primarily on the adults in the household responsible for providing funds for meal purchases. The District shall consider whether the benefits of potential collections outweigh the costs that would be incurred to achieve those collections.
For purposes of this policy, “delinquent debt” means unpaid meal charges.
The District will contact the parents/guardians of students who charge meals to their meal accounts in order for the District to collect the delinquent debt. The first such communication will be a written communication, by mail or e-mail, after 3 meal(s) have been charged. Subsequent written and verbal communications with parents/guardians concerning delinquent debt may be made by the district business office or designee, as may be necessary and appropriate. All communications regarding unpaid meal charges shall be made directly and discreetly to parents/guardians. Written communications with parents/guardians regarding collection of a student’s unpaid meal charges shall include an application for free or reduced price meals, information on local food pantries and the Connecticut Department of Social Services’ supplemental nutrition assistance program, and a link to the Town’s website that lists any community services available to Town residents.
In the event a student’s unpaid meal charges are equal to or more than the cost of thirty (30) meals, the parents/guardians of such student will be referred to the District’s homeless education liaison.
The Board shall comply with applicable federal and state laws and other federal or state requirements concerning the collection of unpaid meal charges including but not limited to requirements relating to delinquent debt and “bad debt,” as defined by federal law, and record-keeping relating thereto. The Board may accept gifts, donations or grants from any public or private sources for the purpose of paying off any unpaid charges for school lunches, breakfasts or other such feeding.
Although not required by law, but due to its participation in the Child Nutrition Program, the Board approves the establishment of a system to permit students to charge a meal in certain situations.
What if my child receives free or reduced price meals?
At the secondary schools all package meals are applicable for your child. Free or reduce eligibility does not apply to any a la carte items. Those items need to be paid at the regular selling price. When your child comes through the serving line, he/she simply scans their ID card or keys in their student ID number into the keypad and their lunch account will pop up and the transaction is recorded.
Do I need to use all my money in my child’s account this school year?
In order for this system to run smoothly and properly, it is imperative that money be in your child’s account.
There is NO pre-ordering. When students arrive at the site to pick up their meals, they just need to provide their name and school district.
Serving Time is from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm Daily Students will receive (1) breakfast (1) lunch.
On Friday's they will receive (3) breakfasts and (3) lunches to carry them through the weekend.
* Washington Middle School 1225 North Broad Street, Meriden, CT. 06450
* Francis T. Maloney High School 121 Gravel Street, Meriden, CT. 06450
Serving Time is from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Students will receive (1) breakfast and (1) lunch daily
* Macdonough Elementary School 66 Spring Street, Middletown, CT. 06457
* Bielefield Elementary School 70 Maynard Street, Middletown, CT. 06457
* Wilbert Snow Elementary School 99 Spruce Street, Middletown, CT. 06457
* Spencer Elementary School 207 Westfield Street, Middletown, CT. 06457
Kids and teens 18 & under
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