Food & Nutrition Information

For the Grade School lunch menu, please click here.
For the High School lunch menu, please click here.

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provided temporary benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to families of school-aged children who would have received free or reduced priced meals through the USDA National School Lunch Program if school had not been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. These benefits were issued in late Spring/Summer 2020.

 

P-EBT

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provided temporary benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to families of school-aged children who would have received free or reduced priced meals through the USDA National School Lunch Program if school had not been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. These benefits were issued in late Spring/Summer 2020.

 

Who Do I Contact with Questions About P-EBT Benefit Calculations or Levels?

Philadelphia Academy Charter School cannot answer any questions concerning benefit calculations or levels. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will calculate the benefits each student will receive.

If you have any P-EBT questions, please contact the DHS Customer Service Line at 484-363-2137 or via a Pennsylvania P-EBT Inquiry Form at https://forms.juvare.com/forms/eb604f74-e01c-463e-82ea-04c416a5c9c5

 

Additional Resources for Families

P-EBT Information Video for Families:  https://youtu.be/JI2Ox6QNvNs

DHS Website:  https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/P-EBT-Guide.aspx

Food Research and Action Center website:  https://frac.org/pebtfaq

Just Harvest website:  https://www.justharvest.org/faq-about-pandemic-ebt-in-pennsylvania/

 

How to Apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to apply for free or reduced-priced meals, as this may be tied to other benefits you are receiving. This, also, allows Philadelphia Academy Charter School to accurately report our students’ economic status.

You may apply through the COMPASS website at www.compass.state.pa.us or by completing the Household Application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals.

Please see the Letter of Households, Free & Reduced Price Meals Instructions, Free & Reduced Price Meals Application and the Medical Plan of Care forms as follows:

English version – please click here

Russian version – please click here

Spanish version – please click here

 

Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

Philadelphia Academy Charter School is participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) in the 2021-2022 school year as part of the waivers issued by the USDA on April 20, 2021.

All enrolled students are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch each school day at no charge to your household.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at,  https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

ATTENTION: If you speak Spanish, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Contact your child’s school.

ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Comuníquese con la escuela de su niño.

 

LunchTime – Online Payment System

Although Philadelphia Academy Charter School is participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) in the 2021-2022 school year where all enrolled students are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch each school day at no charge to your household, students may opt to purchase an additional meal or snack.

Philadelphia Academy Charter School offers the secure, convenient and easy online LunchTime pre-payment web service. Using this program allows you to monitor your student’s lunch purchases, set up an automatic account replenishment and email notification (if you choose to do so) and to set up student purchase or meal limits. If you wish to try the online demo, please visit LunchTime Software.

 

LunchTime – How Does It Work?

LunchTime is a computerized debit system allowing you to pay in advance for meals. The system works with a personal identification number (PIN) pad located at the end of the serving line. The student enters their PIN and their purchase amount is deducted from the funded debit account. We encourage you to take advantage of funding your student’s account through one of the payment options. As the account is used, purchases are automatically deducted. There is no limit on the amount of money that can be deposited, but the minimum deposit is $10.

 

LunchTime – What Do I Need to Set Up an Account?

Because the LunchTime service is linked to the parent portal, you will need to have a parent account to take advantage of this service. You will need your student ID number that can be found on the Infinite Campus portal under “Today” next to your student’s picture, to the right of your student’s name on their report card or you may call the school to get this information.

 

I Have More Than One Student at PACS/PACHS. Do I Need Separate Accounts for Each?

If you have more than one student at PACS/PACHS, you do not need to create a separate account for each student. To add another student to your account, go to the “My Account” tab and enter their student ID number. A parent can be linked to many students, but a student can only be linked to one parent.

 

Once I’ve Accessed My Student’s Account, What Can I Do?

Once logged in to your student’s account, click on the link, “View Cafeteria Account,” to go to the Lunch Time Account Access Listing. In this section you may set up notifications, deposit funds, or set spending limits or restrictions. Once activated, a detailed account of transactions will be available.

 

Please Note – A Convenience Fee for Each Transaction Will Be Assessed to Use the Online Prepayment Services

In order to use the online prepayment services for Visa, Master Card or Discover, a convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover bank fees, credit card fees and website maintenance costs. The convenience fee for credit cards is 2.5% and a transaction fee of $0.50. If you choose the online check option, you will need your bank routing number and account number. The convenience fee is 1% and a transaction fee of $0.50. PACS retains no portion of this fee and does not profit from the use of this site.

 

Can I Make Direct Payments to the School?

Yes! If you wish to prepay for your student’s lunch for the week or month, you may send cash, check or a money order payable to PACS or PACHS. A fee of $15 will be assessed for checks returned due to insufficient funds. Your bank may also charge a fee for the returned check.

 

LunchTime – Balance Transfer or Refund Request

Balances for returning students can be carried over to the next school year or transferred to a sibling who is linked to your account at either PACS or PACHS. If you wish to transfer the balance, please complete the Balance Transfer Request form below.

pdf icon Click for Balance Transfer Request Form

If you have a lunch balance and wish to have it refunded, please submit the Refund Request Form. The school office staff is not able to refund monies directly to students, rather refunds will be mailed directly to parents. Refund requests require a two-week processing turnaround from when the form is submitted.

pdf icon Refund Request Form

 

PACS’ Wellness Policy

Philadelphia Academy Charter School (PACS) (hereto referred to as the District) is committed to the optimal development of every student.  The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental and social success, we need to create positive, safe and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, through the school year.

To see the entire policy, please click here

To view the Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment, please click here

Questions?

Mary Joscelyne – Grade School, 215-676-8320, mjoscelyne@k12pacs.org

Gloria Tuckey – High School, 215-673-3990,  gtuckey@k12pacs.org