Use the links to the right to find more information on the FCASD Food Services Program.
If you are a student, a parent, or a district resident interested in school wellness and would like to be a part of the district’s Wellness Committee, please contact Fox Chapel Area High School Program Principal Dr. John McGee at 412/967-2430, or Food Service Director George Coutsoumbis at 412/967-2502, for further details.
The FCASD Food Services program uses MySchoolBucks to pay for school meals:
What is the National School Lunch Program?
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provided nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 31 million children each school day in 2011. In 1998, Congress expanded the National School Lunch Program to include reimbursement for snacks served to children in afterschool educational and enrichment programs to include children through 18 years of age. The Food and Nutrition Service administers the program at the Federal level. At the State level, the National School Lunch Program is usually administered by State education agencies, which operate the program through agreements with school food authorities.
What are the nutritional requirements for school lunches?
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed USDA to update the NSLP’s meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new meal pattern went into effect at the beginning of SY 2012-13, and increased the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu. New dietary specifications set specific calorie limits to ensure age-appropriate meals for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Other meal enhancements include gradual reductions in the sodium content of the meals (sodium targets must be reached by SY 2014-15, SY 2017-18 and SY 2022-23). While school lunches must meet federal meal requirements, decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities.
- School Meals are Balanced and Healthy
- School Meals Help Kids Maintain a Healthy Weight
- School Meals Include USDA Commodity Foods
- School Meals Help Students Perform Better in School
Before- and after-school care is available through the PNC YMCA at O’Hara & Kerr schools and After-School care only at Hartwood Elementary School and is facilitated by YMCA school-age staff.
Care for Fairview students available at O’Hara, busing provided.
The program is available from:
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at O’Hara Elementary. The building is open to all students at 8:30 a.m.
Fairview building is open to all students at 8:40 a.m.
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Kerr Elementary. The building is open to all students at 8:30 a.m.
Hartwood School after school care only. The building is open to all students at 7:30 a.m.
The program operates each day that school is in session. Your child may enjoy a school breakfast while attending the YMCA Morning Care Program for $1.25. See related files below for a complete guide to the Morning/ Afternoon PNC YMCA School-Age Program and Breakfast programs.
After School Care is dismissal to 6:00pm at O’Hara, Kerr & Hartwood Elementary School buildings.
O’Hara, 3:40 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Kerr, 3:35 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hartwood, 2:50 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Breakfast and lunch programs are provided at all six Fox Chapel Area School District buildings. The meals provide students with nutritious and tasty breakfast and lunch meals that meet the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Free and reduced-meals options are available for families that meet income guidelines and submit a yearly Free and Reduced School Meal Application. A new application is available in mid-July each year and can be submitted anytime during the school year. A new application MUST BE completed each school year.
Without a new application, a student is in danger of losing their free and reduced price school meals. A detailed packet with an FAQ sheet, instructions for applying and a paper application is posted in the download section.
Before and After School Program and Breakfast Program
A Guide to YMCA school-age parent guide & Breakfast Programs 2016-2017
What is the PNC-YMCA School-Age Program? In order to meet the needs of working parents or families with busy schedules, Fox Chapel Area School District in partnership with the YMCA offers Before & After School Programs in O’Hara to include Fairview; Kerr; Afterschool only at Hartwood Elementary School. Students can increase self-esteem build character, increase leadership skills, appreciate diversity, improve personal and family relationships, participate in games and other activities or choose to study. Who is eligible to participate? Students enrolled at any of the district’s four elementary schools can participate in the YMCA Before and After School Program. Each school has a designated area for the program, which is facilitated by YMCA School-Age Staff.
Do students need to attend the YMCA Before and After School Programs on a regular basis?
Students may attend part time (one to three days weekly), or full time (four to five days weekly).
What is the fee?
Please contact the PNC YMCA for information at (412) 227-6439 for Information on cost.
Students not enrolled in the YMCA Morning Program will not be permitted on school grounds or to enter the building unsupervised prior to the building opening. This is for their safety.
Is breakfast served during the Before School Program?
Breakfast is available through the school breakfast program to all students. From 8:30am - 9:00 am at O’Hara, Fairview and Kerr.
The cost of Breakfast $1.25 for students paying full price, $0.40 for students paying reduce price, and no charge for free students.
What is the Breakfast Program?
Fox Chapel Area School District’s Food Service Department offers a Breakfast Program that provides students with a nutritious breakfast that meets recommended dietary guidelines. The program, which is supervised by the Food Service Department, is available in all district cafeterias.
Who is eligible to participate?
All elementary and secondary students in the district are eligible to participate in the Breakfast Program.
Do students need to participate in the Breakfast Program regularly?
No. Students can eat breakfast on a regular or occasional basis.
What is the cost?
The cost for breakfast is $1.25 a day. However, students who qualify for free lunches or lunches at a Reduced price under the National School Lunch Program also are entitled to receive breakfast for free or at a reduced price in the Breakfast Program. Monies are deducted from the student’s Nutrikids account.
What are the Breakfast Program hours for students and staff?
7:50-8:20 a.m. at Hartwood
8:40-9:00 a.m. at Fairview
8:30 -9:00 a.m. at O’Hara and Kerr
7:50 -8:15 a.m. at DMS Middle School
7:00-7:30 a.m. at Fox Chapel Area High School
If you have any questions regarding the School Breakfast Program, please contact George Coutsoumbis, Fox Chapel Area School District’s Director of Food Services, at 412-967-2502, or your school principal.
Meal Pricing Information
2016-17 Meal Prices
Reduced Breakfast Price $0.30
Adult Breakfast Ala Carte
Primary Lunch $2.55
Secondary Lunch $2.85
Secondary Tier Lunch $3.25
Reduced Lunch Price $0.40
Adult Lunch $3.95 & Ala Carte
808-AR-3. STUDENT FOOD SERVICE CHARGES-DEBT
Due to the large number of students charging their meals, it is necessary to address the issue of delinquent food service accounts.
The Board of School Directors is required to provide healthy meals in accordance with current regulation and policy. The Board of School Directors shall permit students to incur what the Board or its designee considers reasonable charges and that parents/guardians shall be contacted for payment of said charges.
The district shall inform, in writing, students and their parents/ guardians, who incurred a negative balance, of the district’s policy regarding food service charges. The Food Service Department of the Fox Chapel Area School District adopted a Point of Service System (P.O.S.S.) for meal purchases in each building. Parents/guardians have the ability to prepay for meals by depositing funds to the students account. All students are issued a Personal Identification Number (PIN) upon entering grade K and will retain a PIN while enrolled in the Fox Chapel Area School District.
A written notice will be sent by mail to parents/guardians whose students have a debt greater than $13.00, informing them of the balance; and that if the balance is not paid immediately, the student will be provided a qualified lunch at the cost of a tier 1 offering, consisting of a cheese sandwich, fruit, and milk.
Students in grades K-5 and disabled students will always be provided a meal, regardless of their balance due. Students in grades 6-12 will only be allowed to incur debt on five additional meals beyond the $13.00. After those five meals, the student in grades 6-12 will either be required to pay for each additional meal or denied lunch for that day.
Students incurring additional debt will be notified by certified mail of the current balance due, the school board policy, and that the district reserves the right to disallow student involvement in after school activities, as well as seek assistance from the proper agency for legal action, if payment is not remitted.
Summer Meals Information
Text “MEALPA” to 877877 during the summer months
Or visit the website: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
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Free and Reduced Lunch
Families that have children attending a public school district can apply for free or reduced priced school meals through the National school Lunch and Breakfast Program online using the Internet! This can be done at this time, using COMPASS. COMPASS allows Pennsylvanian's to apply online for social service programs, such as Food Stamps (FS), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Energy Assistance, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Families can use COMPASS to apply for free or reduced price school meals only, or they can apply for other services at the same time (FS, TANF, etc.).
Since your child attends Fox Chapel Area School District, which is a public school district, you can apply for free or reduced price school meals online by going to the COMPASS website or you can continue to use the paper "Household Meal Benefit Application" if you prefer. If you apply for free or reduced price school meals through COMPASS, you DO NOT need to submit a paper application.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. George Coutsoumbis at the Fox Chapel Area School District's administrative food service office at 412/967-2502. If you need the free and reduced form in a different language, please visit this website: https://www.fns.usda.gov/documents-available-other-languages, or call the food service office.
Low Fund Balance
Parents/guardians are reminded that it is NOT the policy of the Fox Chapel Area School District to verbally request a credit card number for any payment of a school meal account. Please know that at no time will the school district or any of its representatives request credit card information over the phone.
As a reminder, low balance notification procedures for families participating in the district's online school meal payment service are as follows:
A low balance notification letter is sent home informing parents/guardians that their child's/children's school meal account is low.
In addition, if requested upon activation of the school district's online payment service, a low balance notification may be sent via e-mail. Parents/guardians may register for the notification at MySchoolBucks.com.
A follow up phone call may also be placed to remind parents/guardians of a negative meal account balance. Again, the district will NEVER request credit card information over the phone.
Payments may be made by providing payment and student information including name, homeroom number, homeroom teacher, and special instructions to the individual cafeteria office.
Payments may also be made by the student directly at the point of service.
If registered, payments may be made online at MySchoolBucks.com, the school district's Point of Service (POS) software provider.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Special Dietary Needs/Forms
If your child:
1. Has special dietary needs due to food allergies or a disabling condition(s)
2. Plans on participating in the school lunch program, and
3. Requires dietary substitutions, there are USDA regulations for making food substitutions in the school meals program which require a physician’s specific diet prescription and signature.
When a child has a serious disability (such as food allergies which may result in anaphylaxis)
A signed medical statement from a physician is needed for disabling conditions. Your physician is required to answer a series of questions in order for meal substitutions or changes to be honored by the school during the school year. In addition, juice and water are no longer an accepted substitute for milk intolerance or allergy that is not ruled a disability by a physician. Only in the case of a disability are alternative forms of milk substitutions such as water or juice allowable.
A MEDICAL PLAN OF CARE FOR SCHOOL FOOD SERVICES form must be completed and signed by a physician, if your child has a disability which requires special dietary accommodations or substitutions.
We cannot accept a physician’s prescription in lieu of this form.
If you have any questions or need any further explanations regarding the new regulations, please contact Fox Chapel Area School District’s Director of Food Service, George Coutsoumbis at
Medical Plan of Care Form
Nutritious Party Snack Menu
The Fox Chapel Area School Nutrition Center offers healthy party packages for you to purchase for any celebration in the classroom.
Fruit-Tastic Fruity Tray
An assortment of fresh fruit in season, served with a low-fat yogurt dip.
An assortment of fresh raw vegetables, served with a low-fat ranch dip.
Whole grain tortillas served with mild salsa & cheese
Crazy-Cracker w trix yogurt Tray
Assorted packaged graham crackers with trix yogurt cups
Price per person includes your choice of one of the following: Milk, 100% fruit juice or water. Paper supplies included. Call the Food Service Office for pricing. Please call ahead to reserve a tray at (412) 967-2502
A Guide to Smart Snacks in School
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has an informative brochure on helping students and parents make healthy choices at school. To see it, click here:
Fun Facts About Cherry Tomatoes
•The cherry tomato is a very small variety of tomato that has been cultivated since at least the early 1800s and are thought to have originated in Peru and northern Chile.
•Cherry tomatoes range in size from a thumb tip up to the size of a golf ball, and can range from being round to slightly oblong in shap. The more oblong ones often share characteristic with plum tomatoes, and are known as grape tomatoes.
•Some varieties of grape tomatoes are named Santorini, Sungold, Yellow Pear, Camp Joy, and Black Cherry.
•Originally tomatoes were considered poisonous by Europeans. It was thought that if you ate a tomato, its poison would turn your blood to acid!
•The tomato is the world's most popular fruit with more than 60 million tons produced worldwide.
•There are more than 4,000 varieties of tomatoes ranging in size, shape and color.
•Botanically, the tomato is a fruit. However, in 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court declared it a vegetable.
•According to the USDA, Americans eat more than 22 pounds of tomatoes each year, more than half of this amount in the form of ketchup and/or tomato sauce.
•Tomatoes are grown in every state in the United States except Alaska.
Reasons to Eat Tomatoes
One-half cup of sliced tomato is:
•A good source of vitamins C & A.
•A source of vitamin K & potassium.
•Rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant that may decrease the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.
•The human body cannot produce lycopene so it can only be obtained by eating lycopene-rich foods.