Families can now apply for free and reduced price meals online by visiting www.myschoolapps.com. This is a confidential and easy way for families with internet access to apply for meal benefits. Karen Sarno, Supervisor of Food Services, shared “We want to ensure all families in Carroll County can easily apply for benefits and have access to healthy meals. The school system will continue to send home paper applications to households and will process all applications submitted on paper or electronically. Some households may be uncomfortable turning in paper applications or may find it a challenge to get the completed application out of the child’s backpack into the hands of school office personnel. Online applications just make sense.”
By applying for meal benefits, eligible families who meet the income eligibility guidelines can receive breakfast and lunch for free or at a reduced rate. For example, a child from a family of four is eligible for free school meals if the household’s current annual income is below $32,630. If the family’s annual income is between $32,630 and $46,435, the child is eligible for reduced-price meals.
According to Supervisor of Information Services Jenn Seashole, “This is just another step in the automation of our Food Service Program that began six years ago. Over that time, the school system has updated the Food Service Inventory System, implemented a computerized cash register system that gives all students cafeteria accounts, provided online payments into the student accounts, updated the Free and Reduced Application software, centralized the application process, and integrated the application software with the point of sale system and student data system.”
The online meal benefit application feature is the latest technological effort to provide better customer service and increased efficiency within our Food Service Program. For more information, contact the CCPS Food Service office at 410-751-3040.