In a typical year, these schools are considered "Pricing schools" meaning parents must purchase meals unless they are qualified for free or reduced price meals. In the 21-22 school year, these schools are operating under a waiver under the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option which allows a complete meal at no charge.
While an application is not needed to receive the meal at no charge, we still need the families at these schools to apply for free and reduced meal benefits if there is economic need.
If you have economic need and have students attending any of these schools, please file a meal application at www.schoolcafe.com/anchorage Please include all ASD students on your application.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any assistance with the new school cafe portal and provide your students Name, date of birth, School and a good call back phone number and time.
Frequently asked Questions:
If my child's meal is free under special programs this year, why would I need to file an application?
- Meal applications for families with students in mixed "Pricing" and Community Eligible Provision (CEP) schools allow us to gather information that will be used to calculate which schools may be included as a CEP school in future years. Some schools in the pricing list are very close to qualifying for community eligible provision status so your application will be helping your school potentially qualify as a school that does not require application in the future.
- Your application will provide a 30 day carryover into the 22-23 school year and will generate a reminder to file so that you do not incur charges in the beginning of the next school year.
- If you are approved for free or reduced-price meal benefits, you may be eligible for future benefits. While we do not know if that will occur, we do not want you to miss out!!!
The application portal does not look the same this year, what is happening?
This year free and reduced applications are processed at www.schoolcafe.com/anchorage This is new for all of us, but fairly simple to use. We appreciate feedback on the new system at email@example.com. Chances are, if you had a question, so does another parent so please, do write us. We are in the process of adding helpful notes in the portal and are happy to assist parents with any questions.
Does the new free and reduced software have new features?
Yes! Once you register yourself and choose "Apply for benefits" you will be able to track the progress of your application. Coming soon will be direction's on how to reprint your letter should you need it later in the year. Every spring we get numerous calls for proof of approval letters that may have been tossed, or lost, now parents will have access to those letters and not have to wait for mail or come to our office with I.D. to receive your letter.
Is there anything else I should know?
Yes, if you log in and see a balance due, payments are not being collected through school cafe even though you will see payment icons. For payments please continue to log into parentconnection to pay any outstanding balances online.
"Pricing Schools" under 21-22 National School Lunch Program Waiver
Bear Valley Elementary
Birchwood ABC Elementary
Chugiak High School
Dimond High School
Eagle River Elementary
Eagle River High School
Fire Lake Elementary
Goldenview Middle School
Gruening Middle School
Hanshew Middle School
Inlet View Elementary
Lake Hood Elementary
Mears Middle School
Mirror Lake Middle School
Northern Lights ABC
Ocean View Elementary
Rabbit Creek Elementary
Rogers Park Elementary
Romig Middle School
Sand Lake Elementary
Scenic Park Elementary
Service High School
South High School
Ursa Major Elementary
Ursa Minor Elementary
West High School
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