Your family may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Families must apply each year for meal benefits using the online application in the Food Service tab in Skyward Family Access or by using the application form. Download a printable version here (https://www.usd266.com/Page/4503) or get a copy in any school building.
Please allow 10 days for your application to be processed and provide your student with meal money until the application is processed.
Any negative balances acquired before an application is approved are still the responsibility of the family.
Families who qualify for free or reduced benefits may also complete a Consent for Disclosure form to grant Food Service permission to share that status with other district programs.
Skyward Family Access - Food Service
Monitor your child's purchases, account balance, Free and Reduced Status, and make safe and convenient online meal payments in the Food Service tab of Skyward Family Access.
Unpaid Meal Balance Policy:
USD 266 wants children to be nourished and prepared to learn while still ensuring financial responsibility to patrons.
After a negative balance occurs:
Food Service staff will notify families of unpaid charges.
Students with a negative balance will be allowed to charge two alternate lunches (PBJ & milk) and one alternate breakfast (graham cracker & milk) at a rate of $0.45. The account will then be considered delinquent and suspended until payment is received.
If a student has a negative balance and brings more money than the value of the day’s meal(s), the excess money can be applied to the negative balance. A student cannot be refused a meal in order to apply the entire payment to a negative balance.
Meal Payment Policy:
Households are encouraged to deposit money into meal accounts in advance of meal service via the online payment system in Skyward Family Access, or payments can also be made in person at the building via cash, check or credit card. Automatic phone calls and emails notify the families daily when account balances are low. Payment to cover the cost of an a la carte purchase or adult meal must be in the patron’s account or provided at the time of purchase.