Barkhamsted Elementary School
Important Update regarding School Meals
Funding for free meals to all students will end effective January 3rd, 2023.
As of that date, students with Free meal status will continue to have their first meals at no cost. Paid and Reduced students will be charged for meals based on the price list below.
Elementary Lunch $3.05
Lunch Reduced $ .40
Meal Payment System: Parents may send in funds to the cafeteria or go to https://www.myschoolbucks.com to access or set up an account for your student.
Why complete an application?
Please complete a Free & Reduced Meal Application if you believe you qualify.
It is critical that households submit a free and reduced-priced meal application as soon as possible to determine a student’s eligibility for this school year and avoid unpaid meal charges when SMART funds end effective January 3rd. Also, students who qualify for Free & Reduced Meals may be eligible for other benefits throughout the school year unrelated to food service. Free & Reduced Meal Applications can be found on the district website under Food Services or on the following link : Application
** Important note: Effective Oct. 1st family income limits have changed for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. If your children qualify for free school meals, you might also qualify for SNAP: SNAP Information
Questions related to School Meals may be directed to Becky Tyrrell, Food Service Director at EdAdvance at
Tyrrell@EdAdvance.org or 860-567-0863 ext. 1148.
What should I do if I receive a Direct Certification Letter?
Children receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) or Medicaid (HUSKY A) benefits may be directly certified and automatically eligible for free or reduced meals without completing an application. If you have received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free or reduced-price meals, do not complete the application unless instructed to do so by the district. Let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter you received, since free or reduced meal benefits are extended to all children in a household when directly certified.
Questions regarding SNAP/TFA/Medicaid and direct certification should be sent to the determining official, Joanne Kirchner-Macri at Kirchner-macri@EdAdvance.org or call 860-567-0863 x 1113.
Free and Reduced Application and Family Information
Family Application — English | Spanish
FAQ — English
SNAP Information — SNAP Information
Nondiscrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.
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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.
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