Information on School Meals for 2022-2023

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The federal waiver reimbursing schools for providing free breakfast and lunch has ended. For the 2022-23 school year, school meals will have a cost for parents unless they qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Meal pricing for this year is as follows:

Student Breakfast: $1.85
Adult Breakfast: $2.45
Elementary and Intermediate Student Lunch: $3.05
Junior High and High School Student Lunch: $3.20
Adult Lunch: $4.60

Due to recent changes in federal privacy laws, our usual platform for lunch money deposits, E-Funds, is not able to accept lunch money deposits at this time. Families should use the Family Portal to make lunch money deposits at this time. Video tutorials are available on the Family Portal website to assist parents/guardians in setting up an account. Student ID Numbers needed for account setup can be located in the ParentSquare app in 3 easy steps:  

  1. Use the 3 horizontal bars in the top left corner. 

  2. Select the student, 

  3. Go to Dashboard, then Overview. 

Please contact Pam Branson in the food services department at pbranson@newpal.k12.in.us for assistance with Family Portal. You may also provide check or cash to your child’s cafeteria on the first day of school.

For parents wishing to apply for free or reduced meals or textbook assistance, please see the following instructions:

  • Families who receive SNAP, TANF, some Medicaid, are certified as homeless, migrant, or are wards of the state are eligible for direct certification for free or reduced meals. These families should not complete an application. Notifications on direct certification have been sent via email to direct certified families. Additional notification via mail should arrive soon.

  • All other parents wishing to apply for free or reduced meals may apply online at this link. This form has information on who qualifies for free or reduced meals. The application MUST be completed each school year. After clicking on the link, click on the Guest button. After agreeing to the terms of use and privacy policy, click Add Child and enter the information for each child in your home.

  • Parents may also complete a paper application at this link. Instructions for completing the paper application can be found here. These applications may be dropped off at your school, at the corporation office, or sent by mail to Food Services Department, PO Box 508, New Palestine, IN, 46163.

  • Both applications have a box to check to ask for textbook assistance. This box MUST be checked to qualify for financial assistance with curricular materials.





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