Food Services

Tina Stiles, Director of Dining Services

tstiles@mnsd.org
610-359-4269
 

Teresa Ferry, Food Services Coordinator

tferry@mnsd.org
610-359-4209
 

Donna Miles, Accounting Clerk - Food Services

dmiles@mnsd.org
610-359-7734

MNSD LUNCH PROGRAM  

The Marple Newtown School District Food Service Department is happy to announce that the USDA has extended nationwide waivers to continue the Seamless Summer Option as a Closed site Program through June 2021.  This extension means that we can provide FREE breakfast and lunch to all students enrolled in our district and anyone 18 years old and younger that live in their household.  

Marple Newtown School District
Food Service Update

As of February 26, 2021
Tina Stiles, Food Service Director - tstiles@mnsd.org

 MNSD LUNCH PROGRAM

FREE breakfast and lunch will be offered to all students enrolled in our District and anyone 18 years old and younger who lives in their household. 
 


For our Virtual Students

Virtual Students will have the opportunity to receive five (5) free breakfast and lunch meals. 

 How: If virtual families are interested, a form needs to be completed and returned by March 5, 2021. The form can be found here.

 Where: The food bag pick-up site will ONLY be at Marple Newtown High School. 

 When: The pick-up day will be on Wednesdays from 10:30am-12:30pm.
 

 
For our In-Person Students

In-person students will have the opportunity to receive five (5) free breakfast for pick up and free lunch meals in school. 


Breakfast

Students returning for in-person instruction will have the opportunity to receive five (5) free breakfast meals. This will be a breakfast food bag, distributed once a week.

How: If interested, a form needs to be completed and returned by March 5, 2021. The form can be found here.

Where: The breakfast food bag pick-up site will ONLY be at Marple Newtown High School. 

 When: The pick-up day will be on Wednesdays from 10:30am-12:30pm.

 
Lunch

Students returning for in-person instruction will have the opportunity to receive a free lunch in school during their scheduled lunch period.

How: Food service staff will provide free lunch to in-person students following the normal lunch service procedures in school.

Where: In-person students will receive their free lunch in the school of attendance.

 When: In-person students will receive their free lunch during their designated daily school lunchtime. 
 

 

Monthly menus are posted on the website for Breakfast and Lunch.  www.mnsd.nutrislice.com

 


Frequently Asked Questions

(Q) Who is eligible for free meals?

(A) All students enrolled in our District and anyone 18 years old and younger who lives in their household are eligible for free breakfast and lunch meals.

(Q) Will I receive confirmation that I filled out the form?

(A) No, your pick-ups will start immediately on Wednesdays.

(Q) If I am currently receiving Wednesday food bags will I need to sign up again?

(A) Yes, you must sign up on the new form to be placed back on our new list.

(Q) If I have children that are returning to school and children that are remaining at home will I still be able to get meals?

(A) Yes, the student in school will receive their lunch in-person during their lunch period. You will also be able to sign up to pick-up 5 breakfast meals for your in-person children.  Children still home and under the age of 18 will still be able to get 5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals for your virtual children.

(Q) My students does not qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, am I still eligible for the free meals?

(A) Yes, the USDA waiver extensions includes everyone, regardless of lunch status.

(Q) Do I need to pay for the meals at any time?

(A) No, the meals that are distributed are provided at no cost to families.

(Q) Where and when do I pick up the meals?

(A) The meal pick-up is every Wednesday between 10:30am-12:30pm at Marple Newtown High School loading dock behind the school building. 

(Q) What will be in the bags?

(A) In-person students will receive 5 breakfast meals and virtual students will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunch meals. 

(Q) How long will this program last?

(A) According to the USDA’s SSO, the free breakfast and lunch program will run until the end of the school year June 2021. You will be notified if there are any changes to this program.

(Q) Does my child/student need to be with me at the time of pick up?

(A) No, it is not necessary to have your child/student with you to pick up food bags. Parents/Guardians can pick up the meals without the child or student present.

(Q) What will my child’s lunch look like in school?

(A) The monthly menu is posted on the District’s website on the food service page.

(Q) Can I pick up for other families? 

(A) Yes, as long you provide the names of the children you are picking up for that day. 
 

Students can expect benefits from healthier and more nutritious food in school. Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, major improvements are being made across the country to transform school food and to promote better nutrition and reduce obesity

2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of Key Recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.


MNSD Student Wellness Policy (School Board Policy Manual, 200 Pupils, #246 Student Wellness)
The Marple Newtown School District recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students’ physical well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.



Important Information regarding New Meal Benefit Application: 
This school year we are making it faster and easier for families to apply for free or reduced priced meals. Please see this link to apply.

This school year students may notice a change on their lunch trays. New federal nutrition standards have been implemented, which require schools to meet daily and weekly serving requirements of grains, fruits and vegetables, meat or meat alternatives and milk.