North Allegheny School District School Meal Policy
Components of a School Lunch
A school lunch has five components:
- Meat or meat alternatives
- Milk or milk alternative
In order for the lunch to qualify as a reimbursable National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meal, at least three of the five components must be selected, and one of the three items must be a fruit or vegetable. If a fruit or vegetable is not selected, the meal will be charged as an à la carte purchase.
Students with Food Allergies
For any student with food allergies, please contact North Allegheny’s Food Service Department at 724‑934-7279. The District will make special accommodations when possible.
Procedure for Notification of Accounts with a Negative Balance
When students reach an account balance of -$0.01 or more, low balance notices are sent to parents/guardians via email bi-weekly on Fridays. Parents/guardians without an email address on file will receive a letter in the U.S. mail.
Cafeteria workers will also notify students when their accounts are less than $5.00.
Parents/guardians can replenish their accounts through PayForIt.net or by sending a deposit in an envelope with their child.
Procedure for Receiving a School Lunch When the Student’s Account Has a Negative Balance
Students that reach a $0.00 or negative balance will continue to receive a complete meal of their choice, but will not be able to purchase any items beyond the five components which make up a complete NSLP meal.
For middle school and high school students, once an account balance exceeds -$15.00, they will continue to receive a complete meal with an entrée replacement of a cheese sandwich or peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Elementary students will still receive the entrée of their choice regardless of account balance.
Collection Procedure for Accounts with a Negative Balance
Parents are encouraged to keep funds in their child’s account.
Parents with hardships can apply for Free and Reduced Meals at any time during the school year. However, this will not negate the charges incurred nor can a Free and Reduced Meal application be back‑dated to address accrued charges.
The District will attempt to collect on accrued charges through contact with the parents/guardians. The District will work with parents/guardians to set up a payment plan for families that are experiencing difficulties paying for their accrued charges.
At the end of the student’s senior year, the District requests that any accrued charges be paid in full. The student’s cap and gown for graduation may be withheld until their account has been paid. These situations are reviewed on a case by case basis.