DONATIONS TO HELP STUDENTS COVER SCHOOL MEALS
While many families qualify for free or reduced school meals, there are still several families who don’t meet the eligibility and struggle to pay student meal balances. School meals are a great deal, but the cost can really add up!
The Perry Public Schools Child Nutrition Department is offering an opportunity for individuals and organizations interested in helping students in need cover unpaid school lunch balances. Patrons can donate funds to anonymously help students struggling with food insecurity. Whether it is a one-time donation or if patrons decide to give monthly, a donation of any size helps make a difference!
• $52.50 covers two weeks of meals for one student
• $105 covers one month of meals for one student
(Full pay breakfast and lunch for one student is $5.25 per day)
Please make checks payable to "Perry Public Schools" and mail to the following address, or drop it off at Perry High School.
Child Nutrition Department
For more information, please contact Dr. Andrea Rains at 580-336-3203 or email [email protected].
Pay on lunch accounts:
1) Make payments online via the Parent Portal:
-Login to Parent Portal (please hyperlink to Wengage)
-Click on “Guardian Portal”
-View lunch balance and click “Make Payment”
-Enter payment dollar amount, then click “Make Payment”
-Enter credit card and billing info, then click “Process"
2) Send a check with your child to give to their teacher.
3) Drop off payment in the school office or in PHS room 105.
Over the past two years, the USDA has provided free meals to all schools across the nation in light of the pandemic. For the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, the USDA announced
that breakfast and lunch will NOT be free to all students. Perry Public Schools and other school districts will have to return to the regular meal pricing structure used prior to the free meals.
The eligibility scale to receive free or reduced lunches, as determined by the USDA, is based on household size and income. Many families qualify for the free and reduced meal program. Applications can be completed online through the Parent Portal on the school website.
Paper application copies can be obtained from each school site secretary or the Child Nutrition office, located in Perry High School, room 105. Parents or guardians must complete the application every new school year.
Dr. Andrea Rains, Executive Director of State and Federal Programs for PPS, said, “It is going to be an adjustment for everyone as we go back to standard meal pricing after being free for two years. We are mindful of our families and striving to keep our full price meals as low as we can.” She added, “We highly encourage all families to complete the free and reduced applications, even if they think they don’t qualify.”
All applications completed for free and reduced meals directly help our school receive state aid funding, which ties into every district program and department, including instruction, athletics, technology, and other programs that benefit our students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Oklahoma State Department of Education has partnered with Hunger Free Oklahoma
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s
TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.