Free Curbside Meal Pick-Up during Virtual Learning

Free Curbside Meal Pick-Up during Virtual Learning


The North Penn School District Nutrition Services is happy to announce we will be continuing our FREE Curbside Meal Pick-Up program for the 2021-22 school year. We will offer free breakfast and lunch bundles to all children 18 and under who are not attending in-person instruction. Meal bundles can be picked up once a week and include breakfast and lunch for each school day. We have designed a menu where students can have all of their favorite school meals at home!

PreOrder Forms:
All preorders are due by Friday at Noon for Tuesday pick up

November 2, 2021 Orders due 10/29 at Noon
November 9, 2021 Orders due 11/5 at Noon
November 16, 2021 Orders due 11/12 at Noon*
November 30, 2021 Orders due 11/26 at Noon
*There will be no pick up on November 23rd, extra meals will be included in the 11/16 meal bundle for Thanksgiving week. 


Overview

  • The Curbside Pick-up Program is operating to fit the needs of our virtual learners. We will continue to provide the same components and follow the same nutritional guidelines as if we were in person. Breakfast and lunch will be bundled for a full week of school meals. All meals are FREE of charge for any child 18 and under. Weekly pre-orders are now required for the 2021-22 school year. 
  • The basic flow of collecting meals is: Pre-order using our google form below, pick a pick-up time and how many meal bundles you are ordering--> Pull up to our NEW North Penn High School pick-up location→ Tell an SNS team member your name on your order→ An SNS team member will place your meals in trunk→ Take home and enjoy!

 

2021-22 School Year 

We will be continuing our curbside pick-up program every Tuesday for the 2021-22 school year! Starting Tuesday, August 31st we have some changes coming to our program:

  • Our pick-up site for the 2021-22 school year is North Penn High School
    • 1340 S Valley Forge Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446
    • Door B5, SNS Kitchen entrance (Near transportation and the bus circle)
  • Pick-up day and hours will be rain or shine:
    • Tuesdays: 8:00am-9:00am, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (must select a pick-up time when you place your order online).
  • Holiday or alternative schedules will be announced in advance.
  • Meals will be delivered curb-side, to your trunk and your children do not need to be present to receive the meals.
  • Meals are bundled in full school-week meal packages. Holiday and weekend meals are not included. Families only need to come out one time per week to pick up.
  • In-person instruction students will be provided free meals in school. 
 

Weekly Pre-Order Meal Bundle Information

  • All curbside pick-up bundles must be pre-ordered. We will be utilizing Google Forms to submit your order, weekly.
  • Once you place your first order, your email will be added to our list-serv and you will received weekly email reminders to re-order for the next week. This list-serv will also send out important information regarding our curbside pick-up program. If you would like to be added or removed from our list-serv, please email SNSmeals@npenn.org.
  • Pre-orders are due by Friday at noon for the following week pick-up.
  • When your pre-order our meal bundles, you will automatically get a receipt from Google of your order. This will come from forms-receipts-noreply@google.com.

Menu, Offerings and Options

  • Breakfast and lunch will be offered in bundled meals. We will have a full school week of meals in each pick-up bundle. Meal bundles will include a variety of farm fresh produce, “Grab & Go” fresh meals and “Heat & Eat” frozen meals.
  • Full vegetarian meal bundles are available upon request. Please select "Vegetarian Only" meals when placing your pre-order each week.
  • Menus will be posted monthly on our website. View monthly menus.
  • Instructions for holding food safely can be found below.
  • For afterschool activities for children at home, please visit our Afterschool Activities Page HERE!
 

How to Keep School Nutrition Services Meals Safe

  • Cold foods should be refrigerated as soon as possible, or within 2 hours.
  • Frozen foods should be stored in freezer immediately.
  • Cooking instructions: Remove packaging. Microwave or heat in oven/toaster oven until piping hot (165 degrees Fahrenheit). Use caution when handling hot food. Enjoy. Leftovers after reheating, should be discarded.
  • Please discard all remaining foods within 7 days or use by expiration date.

 

Other Accommodations

 

Applying for Free or Reduced-Priced Meals

We encourage families to still apply now for free and reduced price meals, even though all our meals are currently free of charge. Your application will be valid for the entire 2020-2021 school year.
Low-income children are eligible to receive reduced-price or free meals at school. Children in households with incomes below 130 percent of the poverty level or those receiving SNAP or TANF qualify for free meals. Those with family incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty line qualify for reduced-price meals. We encourage all families to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Applications are accepted year-round. Once a family is qualified, they will keep their status for the entire school year. If sudden events occur that impact a family’s income, applications can be filled out at any time.

 

Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Information

*All PEBT cards are sent by the Department of Human Services and are mailed to households. 
The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provided temporary benefits, referred to as P-EBT, to families of school-aged children who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the USDA National School Lunch Program (NSLP) if school had not been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. These benefits were issued in late Spring/Summer of 2020.
A second issuance of P-EBT was authorized by Congress for the 2020-2021 school year. This second issuance will provide the equivalent monetary amount for school breakfast, lunch, and snack to families of students who are enrolled in schools participating in the NSLP but are not attending in person due to COVID-19.

  • To be eligible for P-EBT a student must qualify for free or reduced priced meals through direct certification or online application at schoolcafe.com. Families can apply at any time throughout the school year.
  • Children whose families already receive SNAP or TANF benefits will receive P-EBT benefits on the household's regular EBT card, if possible. Parents can check card balances at connectebt.com or calling 1-888-328-7366.
  • P-EBT eligible students who do not currently receive SNAP or TANF benefits will receive their benefits on a white card marked with "Pennsylvania" on the front. These cards will be mailed to households. All students will receive a new card on their fist issuance for the 2020-21 school year, even if they received a P-EBT card during the 2019-20 P-EBT issuance. Each student will receive a card.
  • Families can still pick up the North Penn SNS curbside meal bundles even if they receive P-EBT benefits.
  • Families can visit the DHS website for an information video and additional guidance HERE.
  • Additional resources can also be found at Food Research and Action Center website located HERE and the Just Harvest website HERE.
 

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)

On May12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released information for school districts regarding the EBB. The EBB is a new, temporary Federal program to help eligible families pay for internet service during the pandemic. Households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price meals under the Nation School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) during the 2019-20 or 2020-21 school year, are eligible for the EBB Program. 

  • For more information about the EBB Program visit the website HERE.
  • To see if a family is eligible and sign up visit the website HERE.
  • To apply for free and reduced price meals apply at SchoolCafe.com.

Contact Information and Website

For general questions, please contact smolinlm@npenn.org. If you prefer to speak with an SNS teammate, leave a message at 215-853-1081 and your call will be returned. To speak to Melissa Froehlich, Coordinator of School Nutrition Services, she can be reached at froehlml@npenn.org. For more information about the department, please visit the School Nutrition Services website.