Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Supplemental Payments
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCR)(P.L. 116-127) the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide households with children eligible for free and reduced-priced meals under the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) with P-EBT benefits due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related school closures. As part of the federal government's response to the pandemic, funding for the P-EBT has been extended through the end of September 2021. DHS will work with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to identify eligible children and issue P-EBT tentatively early Spring. More information can be found on the Department of Human Services website.
Please refer questions regarding the P-EBT card to the Department of Human Services Customer Service by calling 484-363-2137.
Breakfast and Lunch Menus, Information and Prices
Breakfast is served daily at TCHS from 7:15 AM until 8:15 AM. School Breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. Breakfast at school is affordable too at $1.65.
If you qualify for free or reduced price school lunch, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork.
See the menus below!
Menus are subject to change.
Free & Reduced Lunch
Lunch applications for students attending TCHS are to be obtained and returned to their HOME SCHOOL for processing unless you are a full-time student at TCHS, Gateway Student or Coatesville Area School District Student(s).
Free and reduced-price lunches are available to students unable to pay the full price of meals according to criteria based on household size and income. Free and reduced price meal applications may now be completed online through Schoolcafe.com. To apply for benefits online you will need to register at School Cafe, select the school district "CHESTER COUNTY IU 24" and complete the application.
If you do not have access to a computer, a paper form will be provided. To request the printable form, please email Vicki Canham, Food Service Secretary, at email@example.com.
If you experience an income or household size change, you can update your application at anytime during the school year. If you have any questions you may contact Vicki Canham at 610-383-5439. Paid price lunch is currently $3.05. Reduced price lunch is currently $0.40.
For additional guidance on completing the free and reduced lunch application, please reference the following link below:
In our continuing effort to provide the highest level of service to you, we will be using Schoolcafe.com for your online school meal payments. This website provides a number of beneficial features including:
- Viewing your child's cafeteria account balance
- Reviewing daily spending and purchases
- Accessable from any computer 24/7
- Low balance email reminders
- Automatic payments
Need help registering for a free account? Download the How to Register for School Cafe guide.
You do not have to use this system to put money on your child's lunch account, you may still send Cash, or Check to school with them this is just another convenient way for parents to put money on their child's lunch account.
The convenience fee for cafeteria account deposits will be 5% of the deposited amount within a single transaction. Example: Deposit is for $20.00, the total amount charged will be $21.00. This transaction fee is ONLY if you are using the on-line pre-payment system, not if you send in cash or check.
Meal Charge & Return Check Policies
The Chester County Unit recognizes the important link between proper nutrition and academic success. The purpose of this policy is to establish a consistent district procedure for charging meals when students do not have money to pay, preventing meal charges and ensuring eligible children are certified for free and reduced-price school meals, and be in compliance with Act 55, titled Food Shaming., passed on December 6, 2017.
Because hunger is an impediment to learning, no child shall be denied a breakfast or lunch because of an inability to pay. Children will be served a meal that meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition standards for school meals.
- A student who requests a school meal must be provided with one regardless of whether the student has money.
- A student’s tray is never to be taken away from them after being served due to the student’s inability to pay for the meal or the amount owed.
- A student may only purchase a la carte items if they have a positive account balance. Students are NOT permitted to purchase Ala carte items even if they have money to make the purchase. They MUST pay their negative account balance before any ala carte items are to be sold.
Students grade 9-12 may discreetly be given their account balance, all other grades will only be given their balance if the student request it.
- Charging by adults is prohibited.
- If you do not wish for your child to have the option of charging meals, then you must contact Vicki Canham, at 610-383-5439, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hand stamps, stickers, or any other means of overt identification of children with unpaid meal debt in the cafeteria or the classroom are prohibited. Additionally, children with unpaid meal debt shall not be required to work off their debt, including, but not limited to, wiping down tables or cleaning the cafeteria.
Preventing meal charges:
- You have the option to view your child’s account by going onto www.schoolcafe.com and receive low balance notifications at no fee. You can set the limit at your discretion. $5.00 would be our recommendation. (you will need your child’s student ID number). If you do not have your child’s student ID number please email Vicki Canham or call 610-383- 5439.
- You may also make payments on this site, however, there is a 5% fee per deposit.
- You may always send cash or a check made payable to CCIU in an envelope marked with your child’s name, homeroom and ID number.
- Provide all households with school meal applications at the start of the school year and/or include instructions for completing online school meal applications;
- Provide school meal applications in the primary language of the parent or guardian, and help provide assistance with completing an application for any household that requests assistance; promptly utilize data provided by the state or other school district officials to certify eligible children without an application; and assure that any child for which the school district is not able to obtain a completed school meal application but becomes aware of their eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals shall be certified based on an application submitted by the appropriate school official, as permitted by USDA guidance.
To ensure that households are aware of negative account balances the school nutrition department will:
- Send out weekly balance notices.
- Notify and/or work with principals, school counselors, and/or teachers to understand the student and parent’s situation and if a school meal application is needed;
- Use automated email alerts, or postal mail to notify parents of negative balances
Collecting unpaid meal debt:
Communication regarding unpaid meal debt shall be directed at parents or guardians.
Prior to contacting households regarding unpaid meal debt, the school nutrition staff shall ensure that the student is not participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or other federal programs, which would confer categorical eligibility for free school meals, or is not homeless, migrant, or in foster care, and would allow them to be certified without an application.
When a student owes for 5 meals, the school nutrition staff will make at least two attempts to reach the parents or guardian. The household will be contacted by email, phone, or letter home to provide information on how to apply for free or reduced-price school meals or to add funds to the school nutrition account. Staff at this time may communicate account balances discreetly with students grade 9 thru 12. All other grade levels, students must ask before the cashier is permitted to give their account balance.
Building Principals will be notified by the food service department of a non-response from the parent/guardian about the negative account and will proceed by direct communication with the parent/guardian. If there is a non-response to the principal, the Chief Financial Officer will be informed and additional collection measures will be pursued.
All debt must be paid off at the end of the school year. Student with a negative lunch account balance at the end of the school year will be considered a student obligation. The policy referenced in your school’s student handbook will now apply to your meal account obligation.
Donation Request: A request to donate the fund balance to benefit a student in need, or to the Food Service Program, a written request must be submitted. An e-mail request is also acceptable and may be sent to email@example.com
Withdrawn Students: For any student who is withdrawn, a written request for a refund on account balances of $5.00 or greater remaining in their account must be submitted. An e-mail request is also acceptable and may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduating Students: For any student who is graduating, a written request for a refund on account balances of $5.00 or greater remaining in their account must be submitted. An e-mail request is also acceptable and may be sent to email@example.com.
Funds can also be transferred to a sibling’s account with a written, e-mail or verbal request.
Unclaimed Funds: All refunds must be requested within one year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Chester County Intermediate Unit Food Service Program.
Return Check Policy:
Personal checks are accepted at all CCIU buildings and cafeterias. Should a check be returned from the bank for whatever reason, a $25.00 returned check fee will be assessed.
Upon receipt of the returned check, you will be notified and informed that you have ten days to make restitution, including any related fees. Payment for a returned check must be received in the form of cash, cashier's check, or money order. A personal check will not be accepted as repayment for a returned check.
After two returned checks, CCIU will no longer accept checks as a form of payment.
Special Dietary Needs
If a child has been determined by a doctor to be disabled and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make substitutions prescribed by the doctor. If a substitution is needed, there will be no additional charge for the meal.
Schools MAY make substitutions for students who have a special dietary need, but do not meet the definition of disabled (ie. food intolerances), Lactose Free Milk/Pearl Soy Milk is available for those students with a non-disabling special dietary need, such as milk intolerance, or due to cultural, religious or ethnic beliefs.
Request for Fluid Milk substitution only (for non-disabled students) - Must be completed by a Parent or Medical Authority before the substitution will be made.
Request for Modifications/Substitutions for Special Dietary Needs - Must be completed by a State recognized medical authority (licensed physician, physician assistant,
certified registered nurse practitioner, or dentist). before the substitution will be made.
View more information about an application packet.
CCIU Wellness Policy
The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness based on recommendations of the District Wellness Committee and in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations.
Be a School Wellness Champion. CCIU invites students, parents, board members, and members of the community to participate in the development, review, update, and implementation of the CCIU Student Wellness policy. We welcome you to share your opinion and help make sure the policy is meeting the needs of our students.
To inquire about our next meeting please contact Vicki Canham at 610-383-5439 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to attend the meeting you can email comments about the wellness policy to Vicki.
Summer Meal Program
Summer Meals for Children and Teens being served in your community. To find a nearby site:
Call: 211 or 1.866.3HUNGRY or 1.877.8HAMBRE
Text: "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877877Download: RangeAPP.orgMobile App