Breakfast and lunch are FREE for all students through June 2022. However, those who believe they may be eligible for free or reduced-price lunch status are encouraged to apply. Free/reduced-price status is confidential and enables students to benefit from college application fee waivers, AP exam fee reductions and take a limited number of SAT exams for free.
Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications
SOCSD encourages all families who believe that their children may be eligible to apply for free or reduced-price school lunches. There is no deadline: Families may apply at any time of the year.
To apply, either
Unable to access the forms or need assistance completing the application? Please contact Samantha Scully via email ([email protected]) or by calling (845) 680-1066 for assistance.
When filling out the application form, please pay careful attention to these helpful hints:
- SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number: This must be the complete valid case number supplied to you by the agency including all numbers and letters, for example, E123456, or whatever combination is used in your county. Refer to a letter you received from your local Department of Social Services for your case number or contact them for your number.
- Foster Child: A child who is living with a family but who is under the legal care of the welfare agency or court may be listed on your family application. List the child’s “personal use” income. This includes only those funds provided by the agency which are identified for the personal use of the child, such as personal spending allowances, money received by his/her family, or from a job. Funds provided for housing, food and care, medical, and therapeutic needs are not considered income to the foster child. Write “0” if the child has no personal use income.
- Household: A group of related or non-related people who are living in one house and share income and expenses.
- Adult Family Members: All related and non-related people who are 21 years of age and older living in your house.
- Financially Independent: A person is financially independent and a separate economic unit/household when his or her earnings and expenses are not shared by the family/household.
- Current Gross Income: Money earned or received at the present time by each member of your household before deductions. Examples of deductions are federal tax, State tax, and Social Security deductions. If you have more than one job, you must list the income from all jobs. If you receive income from more than one source (wage, alimony, child support, etc.), you must list the income from all sources. Only farmers, self-employed workers, migrant workers, and other seasonal employees may use their income for the past 12 months reported from their 1040 Tax Forms. Examples of gross income are:
- Wages, salaries, tips, commissions, or income from self-employment
- Net farm income – gross sales minus expenses only – not losses
- Pensions, annuities, or other retirement income including Social Security retirement benefits
- Unemployment compensation
- Welfare payments (does not include value of SNAP)
- Public Assistance payments
- Adoption assistance
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Survivor’s Benefits
- Alimony or child support payments
- Disability benefits, including workman’s compensation
- Veteran’s subsistence benefits
- Interest or dividend income
- Cash withdrawn from savings, investments, trusts, and other resources which would be available to pay for a child’s meals
- Other cash income
- Income Exclusions: The value of any child care provided or arranged, or any amount received as payment for such child care or reimbursement for costs incurred for such care under the Child Care Development (Block Grant) Fund should not be considered as income for this program.
The South Orangetown Central School District recently changed its online payment system to MySchoolBucks for school meals, as well as field trips and AP exam fees.
This secure online payment system provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. This service allows you to deposit money directly into your child’s school meal account, view balance purchase information for the past 90 days and set-up low balance alerts and recurring payments.
Any remaining balances in students’ MyPaymentsPlus accounts will be transferred to their new MySchoolBucks accounts.
Enrollment is easy:
- Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and sign up for a free account. Parents and guardians will create an account with their own contact information.
- Add your students using their school name and student ID number.
- Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check. Be sure to select the correct account: “Meals” covers Food Service, including snacks; “Stores” is for field trips, AP exams, etc.
A program fee may apply for certain transactions. You will have the opportunity to review any fees, and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.
Remaining account balances will carry from year to year and will be refunded when students leave the district.
Unsure of your child’s student ID number? Please contact your child’s school.
As always, parents may also prepay for their students’ meals by check (payable to “SOCSD”) or cash directly to their school cafeteria cashier.
The district’s Food Services uses a computerized point-of-sale system. An account is created for each student and linked to his/her personal identification number (PIN) and photo. Students provide their PIN when they purchase meals and a la carte items, whether or not their families use MySchoolBucks. Cashiers are able to verify the student’s identity at the point of sale and transactions are recorded instantly.
Incoming kindergartners are mailed their PIN prior to the start of the school year. If you do not receive a letter with your child’s PIN, contact Food Services.