The Philadelphia Public School District will implement the Community Eligibility Provision regarding school meals in the 2017-2018 school year. Community Eligibility was authorized by Congress as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and allows participating schools to offer healthy, free lunches and breakfasts to ALL students without requiring their families to complete meal applications.

ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED AT PHILADELPHIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PHILADELPHIA MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL WILL RECEIVE FREE BREAKFAST AND FREE LUNCH EACH DAY OF SCHOOL REGARDLESS OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD INCOME.

Parents nor students will be required to complete any paperwork to receive the benefit. If you have any questions about this program, you may contact Sarah Hardy, Philadelphia Public Schools Food Service Director at 601.656.2955 or shardy@phillytornadoes.com.

 

Students who bring their lunch from home can eat it in the cafeteria. All food served in the cafeteria must be eaten in the cafeteria, unless authorized by the administration. The Philadelphia Public School District operates a closed lunch. Students are not allowed to leave the campus for lunch. Parents are encouraged NOT to bring their children meals from outside restaurants without prior approval from the principal.  No glass bottles allowed in the cafeteria.

 

When exceptions to the basic meal are required, a statement from a recognized medical authority must be on file with the Cafeteria Manager. This statement must contain (a) a medical reason for the change, (b) a specific list of food items that need to substituted, and (c) a recommendation for the substitute items.

 

For a temporary medical condition requiring an altered meal, the school nurse may act as the medical advisor and inform the Cafeteria Manager of the necessary changes if needed. For more information, please contact Mrs. Sarah Hardy, District Food Service Director at 601-656-2955 ext 1004.