For the past two years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has offered waivers to Nutrition Services Programs across the United States, allowing these programs to offer all students breakfast and lunch, at no charge. These waivers will expire on June 30, 2022. This means that starting next school year, 2022-2023, the Nutrition Services programs across the nation will return to normal, pre-pandemic operations. Families will once again be asked to complete and submit a current school year Free/Reduced Meal Application if they would like to see if their students qualify based on the income of all family members. In the past years, the first 30 days of the school year carryover status from the previous school year. Since there have been very few meal applications submitted over the past couple of years, there are a few things that parents/guardians can do to ensure their students are ready to start the 2022-23 school year and eliminate the possibility of charges.

    1. Complete a 2021-22 meal application.  This will give the student(s) a 30-day carryover status to start the 2022-23 school year and give families time to complete the new 2022-23 meal application at the start of the school year.
    2. Complete the 2022-23 meal application as it is made available by USDA before the start of the school year. Doing this will cover the student for the entire 2022-23 school year and no other steps will be necessary unless there is an income change during the school year.

    The Berea City School District Nutrition Services Department will provide notification as soon as USDA makes the new 2022-23 meal application available, in order for all families to be able to complete the meal application as soon as possible at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.  

    The Nutrition Services Department is committed to assisting families and making this transition back to normal operations as easy as possible. Please feel free to contact the department at 216-267-2142 or email bcates@bereaschools.org

    All students are eligible to eat breakfast and lunch free during the 21-22 school year!

    Breakfast and lunch menus are posted on the school district website: https://www.berea.k12.oh.us/menus 

    Breakfast consists of an entrée, fruit, juice and milk. All students must take a fruit or juice.

    Lunch consists of an entrée, fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and milk. All students must take a fruit or vegetable.

    A la carte items may be pre-paid by check, cash in the lunch line, or online with a credit card using the Mealtime Online site. We highly encourage pre loading your student’s account via credit card. There is a minimum deposit required to use the credit card option, and it loads to your student’s account in 5 minutes. There is no charge for using the online feature. To use the Mealtime Online, go to https://www.mymealtime.com/signin.aspx

    Free/Reduced Meals

    Some families may qualify for free/reduced-priced meals. Families must re-apply every year. Applications are available beginning each school year in August.  Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the school year.

    Instructions to apply:
    Applications are available online at http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?page=lunchapps&sid=0601141701052471

    First-time users will need to set up a user name and password. You will need your child’s PIN number. If you need assistance or do not have internet access please contact: Nutrition Services at 216-267-2142.


    February 2020
    Nutrition Services is revising the current district charging policy. The current policy states that elementary students are able to charge 2 lunches, while middle and high school students are able to charge 1 lunch before receiving a gratis lunch. Currently, charges for breakfast are not allowed, but will be allowed moving forward.

    Students will now be allowed to charge 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches before receiving a gratis meal. This equates to the elementary students (K-4) being able to have a negative balance of $17.25 and the middle and high school students (5-12) being able to have a negative balance of $21.25. The intent is to decrease the amount of gratis meals district wide and also give those parents/guardians who are having financial difficulties some lenience. The goal is to ensure students are receiving a healthy, sustainable breakfast and lunch every day. This is not meant to increase the negative balance at the end of the school year. Parents are encouraged to use MealTime to pay for meals and/or to track purchases made by their student(s).

    Special Diets

    Special diet requests should be directed to the Nutrition Services office at 216-267-2142.



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