For the 2020-21 school year, Whitsons launched an online tool for families to view menus, review allergy and nutrition information, and to pre-order meals. All meals must be pre-ordered a week in advance this school year.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS: The USDA has extended free school meals for all students nationwide through June 30, 2021. School meals must be ordered by noon each Wednesday for the following week, but all meals will be free for current SOCSD students through June.
Families must pre-order meals by noon on Wednesday for the following week. No a la carte items are available at this time.
- To get started, go to www.FDmealplanner.com/#SOCSD
- Create an account for each child attending South Orangetown Central School District schools.
- View the complete User Guide (English | Spanish) and video overview to learn how to “build and order” meals.
Questions regarding FDmealplanner.com? Contact Heidi Bishop at [email protected] or (845) 680-1118.
Meals for In-Person Learners
Students who have pre-ordered meals for the week they are attending school in-person will have meals delivered to them or be able to pick up their meals from a designated location, according to their school schedule.
Meals for Remote Learners
- All pre-ordered meals for students during their remote learning week must be picked up between 9AM-noon on Mondays, from the South Orangetown Middle School Auditorium (Erie Street entrance).
- This is the only pick up period and location for remote students district-wide and all pre-ordered meals for students’ entire remote week will be distributed during this period. For example, if students pre-order lunch for Monday, Thursday and Friday of their remote week, all three meals must be picked up between 9AM-noon on Monday of the remote week.
- In the event that schools are closed on Monday due to a holiday, weekly meal pick up will be held 9AM-noon on Tuesday.
- Those picking up meals must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Pre-ordered meals for remote pick up will be frozen and require reheating.
- In cases where students are unable to access meal distribution when learning remotely, arrangements may be made on a case-by-case basis. Families in need should contact Danielle Durso at [email protected] or (845) 680-1009 for more information.
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.
APPLY ONLINE here or download, print and return an application form:
Unable to access the forms or need assistance completing the application? Please contact Principal Account Clerk Danielle Durso via email ([email protected]) or by calling (845) 680-1009 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.
Families may prepay for their students’ school meals online with a credit card or bank account through MyPaymentsPlus. Parents may also prepay for their students’ meals by check (payable to “SOCSD”) or cash directly to the school cafeteria cashier. Remaining account balances will carry from year to year and will be refunded when students leave the district.
Log in to MyPaymentsPlus account to check account balances, select whether funds may be used for general or meal-only purchases and to review purchases. Parents also have the ability to track the purchases made by their child whether or not they utilize the prepayment system.
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 MyPaymentsPlus. Cashiers are able to verify the student’s identity at the point of sale and transactions are recorded instantly.
Incoming kindergarteners 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.