Public Schools' cafeterias utilize a point of sale/debit system. All
students use their six-digit student identification number as their PIN. Please review this number with them.
Parents are encouraged to pay in advance for meals through
MyPaymentsPlus online, by cash (not encouraged), or checks. Checks
should be made payable to the school cafeteria. Change will not be given
for checks; the entire amount will be deposited into your child's
account. When paying by check for multiple children, please indicate the
amount for each child and their PIN on the check memo line. Charges are
allowed in case of emergency (for plate lunches only) and the computer
will record that the student has a negative balance.
Parents may limit a la carte purchases; please contact the Child Nutrition Department, 478-5531, to arrange.
At no cost, MyPaymentsPlus
allows families to:
- Check your child's current account balance online
- Set up low balance e-mail notifications when their account reaches a low balance
- Monitor cafeteria purchases
- For a small program fee you can make a pre-payment into your child's meal account using a check, credit card, or debit card at www.MyPaymentsPlus.com
and create settings to automatically replenish the account when it
reaches a low balance. Online deposits of $50 or more per child will
earn a free bonus lunch (to offset the program fee of .0475%)
free and reduced-price meals
Students who were in the GJPS district at the end of May, 2016 and
qualified for free or reduced price meals will keep their meal status
for the first few weeks of school on a temporary basis. Families must submit a new meal application at the beginning of each school year
unless they have received a letter from the GJPS Food Service department stating that the family has been Directly Certified
receiving benefits through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP) or Ohio Works First (OWF.)
If your student has been
approved for free or reduced-price meals, they are entitled to a plate
lunch daily. This program was established under the National School Lunch Act of 1946
and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966
Students approved for reduced-price lunches may also prepay at
.40 cents. The cafeteria POS provides complete confidentiality. Applications are available online
and at each school building.
Do you need an application in a language other than English? The USDA provides 34 different family-friendly versions.
A well-balanced lunch ensures your child has plenty of energy to keep learning through the afternoon!
Students are offered a delicious, nutritious lunch each day made by
the district’s food service staff based on USDA requirements. Plate lunches
include five food components including protein, whole grains, fruits,
vegetables, and a ½ pint of milk. Students must choose at least three
components; one must be a fruit or vegetable. Does your child have a food allergy we should be aware of? Please complete this form
Breakfasts promotes learning readiness and encourages healthy eating habits!
Breakfast is available daily (except for two-hour delays) at
Chapelfield, Goshen Lane, Jefferson, Lincoln, Royal Manor, Middle School
South and West, and Lincoln High School. The plate breakfast varies
daily, is based on USDA requirements offering whole grains, may include
protein, fruit, and ½ pint of milk. Students eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch are eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast as
Contact your child’s school for specific breakfast serving time.
Did you know?
- All our full-time cooks carry the ServSafe, ANSI (American National Standards Institute,) and NRA (National Restaurant Association)
- Our part-time kitchen helpers have taken the Food Protection Course Certification through the Columbus Public Health department.
- All Child Nutrition staff attend two in-service days each school year covering food safety, USDA nutrition requirements, customer service, allergy basics, and point-of-service updates.
- 50 child nutrition employees work in 11 kitchens throughout the district.
- All GJPS employees are required to have a background check.
- GJPS kitchens are inspected regularly by the Franklin County Board of Health.
- Most importantly, we love cooking and serving your children nutritious meals to help them grow and learn!