Food Service Department

Food Service Director: Alan Donnelly
Phone: 724-274-2105
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Summer Food and Fun Information:

Summer Food


The Allegheny Valley School District follows the guidelines of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for the state of Pennsylvania. It has been proven that eating breakfast and lunch regularly can benefit the student and the school. The student is more alert and less fatigued and has a better chance to do well in school. Therefore, breakfast is served before the beginning of each school day and lunch is served on a daily basis. In addition, the purpose of the school lunch program is to provide a well-balanced, nutritious mid-day meal. Through these experiences, students are also exposed to aspects of responsible planning and money management. Students are not dismissed for lunch period.

Nutrition in the Schools
According to the guidelines noted in the District’s Wellness Policy, parents are asked not to bring meals from fast-food establishments into the buildings. In addition, on occasions when students bring food into the buildings for classroom activities, parents should ask the teacher about food allergies for any student in the class. Parents/students are asked to pay careful attention to allergy requirements and to provide nutritious items for all students. Ideas for healthy snacks are listed in a document from the USDA.


Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications:
Now families can apply for free or reduced price school meals online through the National School Lunch Program online using the web site

Families without internet access may request Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications from any District Principal’s Office or Cafeteria. Please be prompt in completing applications. For those students who participated in the free and reduced program last year, a new application MUST be submitted for the 2020-2021 school year. If an application is not submitted to the District, the student’s status will become full price (paid) effective October 9, 2020. Parents are reminded that ONLY ONE application is necessary for families with more than one child in the District. Please contact the Food Service Department at 724-274-2105 with any questions.

Additional information on State of Pennsylvania benefits may be found at COMPASS is an online site for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs including: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – SNAP (food stamps), Medical Assistance, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Child’s Care Works Program. Please contact the Food Service Department at 724-274-2105 with any questions.

SchoolCafe Free and Reduced Meal Application Flyer

2021-2022 Allegheny Valley Letter to Households

Food Service Prepayments:
Prepayments to the cafeteria for student breakfasts and lunches are encouraged to help service efficiency. Parents should send a check or money order, made out to “AVSD Cafeteria Fund,” to school with their child so that no delay in processing occurs. Prepayments may be delivered to the Principal’s Office or any of the building cafeterias.


Breakfast and lunch at school offer all kids a convenient, economical, and healthy alternative for their school-day nutrition. Why not save yourself some aggravation and take advantage of this great service every day?

On-line Cafeteria Payments:

We’re excited to introduce PaySchools Central, the district’s new online portal for school lunch account payments. PaySchools Central provides all parents with an easy way to pay for school meals online or with a convenient mobile app. Visit the link below to learn more and set up your account:

Simply visit the PaySchools Central website and click on the PaySchools Central button to visit the portal, where you can create your account. Creating a PaySchools Central account is easy, quick and free. Simply add your child to the system using their student ID number and some other basic information. Next, the system will take you through a step-by-step registration process. Once your account is created, you will find a variety of features for managing your child’s cafeteria account.

Have you created your account on PaySchools Central? It’s easy to begin making school lunch payments, and track account activity, get started at:


Additional Information:

Food Service Department General Information, School Year 2021-2022

Parent Letter on Changes to School Meals for the 2020-2021 School Year

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PaySchools Centrals:  Online Payment System                               
Q & A School Breakfast Program           
Q & A National School Lunch Program            
Q & A Snacks in School
Unpaid Meal Charge and Debt Collection Procedure


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the extension of the Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds, Allegheny Valley School District will be providing FREE Meal Service to its students to include a single "no charge" reimbursable breakfast & lunch per student per school day for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year.

Free School Meals to Continue in Upcoming School Year


Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania K-12 schools will have the option to continue offering free nutritious school meals during the 2021-22 school year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) released a group of waivers and eligibility guidelines allowing schools to offer the meals without determining eligibility based on the student’s household income. 

“I’m grateful to the USDA for their commitment to combatting hunger throughout this pandemic,” said Secretary of Education Noe Ortega. “I encourage schools to take advantage of these waivers, which help ensure learners across Pennsylvania continue to have access to free, nutritious meals.”

Participating schools will operate under the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and will receive a higher federal reimbursement rate per meal.

Schools that elect not to serve free meals through the SSO will determine eligibility for free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) using federal income guidelines. The annually updated income eligibility guidelines for the 2021-22 school yearOpens In A New Window have been released by the USDA.

The new eligibility guidelines went into effect July 1, 2021 and allows schools and other institutions and facilities to determine eligibility for the NSLP, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program for Children, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer.

To apply, households already receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) need only include the SNAP or TANF case number on their application if not notified of their automatic eligibility by the school. Households enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals and should complete a Household Meal Benefit Application. Other households can find more information on Pennsylvania’s COMPASS website.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;

(2)     Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

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