We are thrilled about what the Food Service Department has in store, and look forward to continuing our partnership with you to make student wellness a priority. To do so, we would like to encourage all parents to use MyPaymentsPlus, a service that offers you convenience and information regarding your student’s meal account.
Peter F. Starrs
MyPaymentsPlus is an innovative tool that allows any parent to:
- Log-in at www.mypaymentsplus.com at no cost to check student’s meal account balances and monitor the food items your student purchases at school
- Create settings to automatically replenish your account or receive a notification email when the balance is low.
- Deposit funds directly into your student’s meal accounts using credit card or debit card! A convenience fee will be charged, and funds will usually be available for student use at school within a matter of minutes.
It is of utmost importance that schools and parents partner to guide our student’s health choices, and MyPaymentsPlus provides a way to do that. We strongly encourage all parents (even if you do not prepay for your student’s meal account) to create an account, at no cost, through www.mypaymentsplus.com and remain involved in your student’s nutritional decisions.
For those who do wish to prepay into their student’s meal account, MyPaymentsPlus offers a convenient way to do so. This convenient system eliminates the need to send checks to school or worry about lost or forgotten lunch money, and speeds up serving lines in the cafeteria.
To register online, visit MyPaymentsPlus, and click on the ‘Register’ tab on the left side of the screen. To register, you will need to have the school Student ID number assigned to your child. The MyPaymentsPlus system makes security a priority, and basically utilizes the same security methods used by online banking services today.
If you have payment processing questions or concerns, you can call 877-237-0946 between the hours of 9:00 - 6:00 EST. Parents can also send emails to Support@MyPaymentsPlus.com.
Your family may be eligible for free or reduced priced school meals.
You can now submit your Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications online from your computer, tablet, or smartphone!
Completing your application online simplifies the process and expedites the review of your application.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to enter your information
- Receive a confirmation email after submitting
THINGS TO REMEMBER
- Applications for free/reduced meals must be completed each school year.
- If you qualified for free/reduced meals at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, this status expires on October 18, 2019 and you need to reapply.
- Direct Certification & SNAP households do not need to submit an application.
- Only one application per household is required.
- Until you are notified you are eligible for free or reduced meals you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.
- If you need assistance or have questions please call 908-685-2777 ext. 3229.
Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.
1. WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
All children in households receiving benefits from NJ SNAP or NJ TANF/WorkFirst-NJ are eligible for free meals.
Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.
FEDERAL INCOME CHART For school Year 2019-2020
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HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY? Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail your school, homeless liaison or migrant coordinator.
DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD? No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to one of your children’s schools.
SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS? No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact your school immediately.
CAN I APPLY ONLINE? If available, you are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Contact your school if you have any questions about the online application.
MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE? Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.
I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.
WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
IF I DON'T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
10. WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL'S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to:
Hearing Officer Name: Peter Starrs Address:836 Newmans Lane, Bridgewater, NJ - 08807
Phone Number: (908)685-2777 Ext: 3212
11. MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN? Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.
12. WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
13. WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT? Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
14. WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY? Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
15. WHAT IF THERE ISN'T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY? List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application.
16. MY FAMILY NEEDS HELP. ARE THERE ANY PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?To find out how to apply for NJ SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office, call 1-800-687-9512 or go to https://oneapp.dhs.state.nj.us/default.aspx. You can also contact NJ FamilyCare or Medicaid at 1-800-701-0710 or www.njfamilycare.org for information regarding health insurance for your family. For the WIC Program, call 1-800-328-3838 or go to www.nj.gov/health/fhs/wic.
If you have other questions or need help, call (908)685-2777 Ext:3213