Welcome to Covington County Schools Child Nutrition Program!

It is the goal of Covington County Schools Child Nutrition Program to provide a variety of healthy choices daily for breakfast and lunch that meet your child's nutritional needs for growth, development, and learning.  We wish to extend to your child a warm welcome to join us for both breakfast and lunch each school day.  Monthly menus are planned centrally in accordance with federal guidelines and distributed to each school site.  Not only do we take care in providing meal choices that offer nutritional balance, but you can also be assured that food safety practices are a part of our everyday lives in the school nutrition program. For your convenience, each school has an automated system to track the payment and purchasing activity of each individual's account.  Prepayment is encouraged because it eliminates the daily handling of money for the child, and reduces the time the student must stand in line waiting, providing them more time to eat.  Meals may be prepaid for the week, month, or even the year at the school.  If you feel that you may qualify for free or reduced price lunches you may request an application at your respective school office.  Applications for free or reduced price lunches are processed at the Central Office, the application process is computerized, resulting in a prompt turn-around for a decision regarding your child's application status.  Student lunch prices are as follows:  lunch full price $2.50; breakfast full price 1.25; lunch reduced price .40; breakfast reduced price .30 The School Nutrition Program is a part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program and it is designed to safeguard the health and well being of our nation's children, utilizing USDA commodities, and to provide nutritionally adequate meals at affordable prices to all school children.  Breakfast provides 1/4 of the recommended dietary intakes and lunch provides 1/3 of the recommended dietary intakes.  More interesting facts can be found on the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) website.

PARENTS!!! DID YOU KNOW!!!

YOU MAY GO ONLINE TO www.myschoolapps.com TO FILL OUT A FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION. JUST CLICK ON THE LINK, PUT IN YOUR ZIP CODE, AND COVINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS. CLICK "SELECT DISTRICT & CONTINUE". YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION FROM THERE. PLEASE CONTACT US IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS. 

FREE MEALS THROUGH 12/31/2020

NEW! Pay for Student Meals Online

Covington County Schools is excited to offer MySchoolBucks®! This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card.  You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts for FREE!

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or with the Mobile App for your iPhone, Android or Windows phone!
  • Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the district.
  • Eliminate the need for your students to take money to school.

  • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments & more!

  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.

  • Security – MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP.

Enrollment is easy!

  1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account. (click on the link)
  2. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your account.
  3. Add your students using their school name and student ID (You may call your local school for the student ID number).
  4. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.

A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

  • If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:
    parentsupport@myschoolbucks.com
  • 1-855-832-5226
  • Visit myschoolbucks.com and click on Help/FAQ’s

 

PLEASE GO TO OUR CHILD NUTRITION "NEWS" SECTION TO VIEW MEAL PRICES AND OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION! (Click Tab at the top of this page.)

YOU MAY ALSO GO TO THE "DOWNLOAD" SECTION TO SEE MONTHLY MENUS, FREE/REDUCED LUNCH INFORMATION AND NEWLETTERS!

If you have any questions about our policies (Wellness, Worthless Check, Meal Charge), please contact the Covington County Child Nutrition offices at 334-427-3830 or 334-427-3832. 

Privacy Act Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the in information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Contacts/Staff

Carrie Patterson

Child Nutrition Coordinator

334-427-3830

Jill Clark

CNP Secretary

334-427-3832

FAQ's

1.  What are the meal prices?

Students Breakfast Full Price $1.25, Reduced Price $.30

Students Lunch Full Price $2.50, Reduced Price $.40

Adults (Staff & Visitors) Breakfast $1.50

Adults (Staff) Lunch $3.25

Adults (Visitor) Lunch $3.75

Extra Milk $.35 each

2.  Can I receive a reimbursement of the money on my child's account?

Reimbursement of money on accounts will be honored only when students are leaving the Covington County School System, by withdrawing or graduating or if you have paid ahead and your child is approved for free lunches after the payment was posted.  The cafeteria manager cannot make cash refunds.  Refunds are made by check and processed at the Board of Education office.  When your child transfers to another Covington County School, the money on his/her account will be transferred to the cafeteria at that school.

3.  Who do I contact to obtain an application for free or reduced meals?

You can contact your school office personnel to have an application sent home with your child or an application can be picked up at any time in the school office, or please visit www.myschoolapps.com to complete an online application. 

4.  Why should I complete the Application for Free and Reduced Priced Meals?

The form allows students from eligible households to receive free or reduced-priced meals.  In addition, the forms are the basis for claiming and distributing important funding from the state and federal governments for your child's school.

5.  Who can get Free or Reduced Price meals?

Children in households receiving Food Stamps can get free meals regardless of household income.  If your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Chart, your children can receive free or reduced-price meals.  A foster child or child living in a group home may also be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

6.  How do I apply for my child?

Complete the Family Meal Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals.  You only need to complete one application per household.  Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be returned to you.

7.  Where do I send my completed application?

You may return completed applications to your child's school or mail to Covington County Schools, Child Nutrition Services,807 C.C. Baker Avenue, Andalusia, AL, 36420.  Meal applications will be processed by the Child Nutrition Services Office within 10 days of receipt.  You will be notified by letter when your child's application has been processed.

8.  Will the information on the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application be checked?

Yes, you may be asked to send written proof of the information you give. 

9.  If I don't qualify now, may I apply later?

Yes, you may apply for free or reduced price meals anytime during the school year.  If you are not eligible now but have a change, like a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, become unemployed or get food stamps, complete an application at that time. 

10.  If my income increases should I complete a new application?

Yes, if you have an increase in income a new application should be completed?