September 2022

National School
Lunch Program

Lintons Managed




Food Services

Resources: Updated Week of 3/16

Free Meals for Children in the Summer The Summer Food Service Program: (SFSP) offers free, nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger during the summer when school is not in session.

Our Students K-5th had a series of virtual classes brought by “EAT360” program through zoom.  EAT360 is Vetri Community Partnership’s Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Education Program- Education) team, serving SNAP recipients in Philadelphia County. They collaborate with school leaders to reach wellness goals with evidence-based hands-on cooking classes, school garden curriculum, fruit and vegetable promotion, and movement break training for faculty.  Workshops are also available for families and caregivers at our schools.

As a contracted local partner of Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed, EAT360 educators and team members aim to improve the likelihood that families eligible for SNAP benefits can make healthy food choices within a limited budget.

Important Update: No Kid Hungry Texting Line Move to a New Number

As you may know, No Kid Hungry oversees a national texting hotline that helps parents, caregivers, community leaders and others find food assistance (summer meal sites and/or emergency food distribution sites) in their communities. This texting service is making a difference – since the start of the pandemic, more than 235,000 families have texted the site for information on how to locate food assistance in their communities.

**The 877-877 texting number will be discontinued this month. From now on, parents and caregivers should text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 304-304 to find the nearest meal sites. They can also continue to find information online, visiting NoKidHungry.org/Help or NoKidHungry.org/Ayuda.**

Only the number will change – everything else will remain the same. Families using the texting line will receive the same information as before, and No Kid Hungry will continue to collect data about open sites in the same way as well. (For more information, please contact bestpractices@strength.org)


When SNAP emergency allotments end with the end of the Public Health Emergency (no date for ending yet) it will be important for anyone receiving SNAP to make sure that the County Assistance Office has the information and has ALL of their deductions and expenses.  Parents can call the Coalition Against Hunger’s SNAP hotline at 215-430-0556 and experienced counselors can walk them through the application process, advocate on their behalf, and connect them with food in their neighborhood. Call Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m See this flyer for information on March Emergency Allotments


Action for Healthy Kids- COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

Action for Healthy Kids is proud to announce our COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Toolkit in partnership with Kaiser Permanente. School and district staff, parents and caregivers, and any other adults looking to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and how to discuss it throughout their community will find helpful information at the webpage. Keeping our communities safe and healthy is at the forefront of all that we do at Action for Healthy Kids, and we want to support you as the CDC and other trusted voices have approved the COVID-19 vaccine for more groups of people.



Meal Program: School Year 2021-2022

ICS will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) in the 2021-2022 school year. This program is available to schools and districts as part of the waivers issued by USDA on April 20, 2021.

    All ICS students can receive free breakfast and lunch every day. Students are also welcome to bring their own lunch. 

    There is no application required under the waiver. However, it could still be beneficial to your family to complete a meal benefit application in case the waiver changes and/or if your family wants to apply for P-EBT card benefits through DHS.


    If you do not want your child to purchase school meals at any time, please contact our Food Services Coordinator immediately to place a restriction on the child’s meal account.

    P.  215.238.8000 X2228
    E. neyzac@icscharter.com


    If you would prefer to send payments to school, payments must be made in cash or money order. Checks are not accepted. Payments must be in a sealed envelope labeled Meal Money. You must include the child’s first and last name, teacher’s name, date, and the amount enclosed. Please do not send more than $20 at a time. ICS is not responsible for lost payments. Payments will be credited to your child’s account within 24 hours, not on the morning you send the payment.

    If you do not want your child to purchase school meals at any time, please contact our Food Services Coordinator immediately to place a restriction on the child’s meal account.

    Students with negative meal account balances approaching $5 will not be able to purchase school meals until payment is made on the account. Families are responsible for staying informed about their children’s meal account balances. Families can look online or call x2228 on any school day to check their balance. Please make a habit of checking the LunchTime Portal at the beginning of each week to ensure that your child’s meal service is not disrupted.

    For your convenience, the LunchTime portal also offers an automated reminder email and/or an automated replenishment option that can be activated in your LunchTime account settings. Even if you do not make payments online, we strongly recommend that you use the LunchTime Portal’s reminders to monitor your balance.

    Free or Reduced-Priced Meal Benefits

    If the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has deemed that your child is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals for the current school year through the direct certification process, you have already received a letter from ICS to notify you of that. If you want to find out whether or not your child is eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals, you can complete the application online at School Cafe. Please email our Food Services Coordinator after you complete the application so that ICS can confirm receipt.

    Directions: School Cafe

    1) To create an account, at the bottom of the screen choose:

    State: PA
    District: Independence CS
    Click “Go to my District”

    2) On the “Welcome to Independence CS” screen choose: Create an account –  I am a parent! Then fill in the information required from the parent (first, last, e-mail and phone number). If you prefer, you can “Continue with Google” for faster login.

    If you have questions regarding our Food Service Program, or need a paper-application sent with your child; e-mail me at:  neyzac@icscharter.com

    Dietary Restrictions

    If your child is participating in our meal program, it is important that you provide information regarding any special dietary needs, allergies, or restrictions per the Pennsylvania school nutrition regulations.You must submit an updated note each year to our Nurse’s office from your pediatrician indicating the specific allergy or intolerance. Please let our Food Services Coordinator know that you are submitting this information.

    Lunch Food Policy
    • Candy, seeds, and gum will not be allowed at any time during school hours—including in the cafeteria.
    • Drinks other than water, milk, and juice are not permitted during lunch.
    • Soda is not permitted at school at any time, including both the cafeteria and yard.
    • Glass bottles and containers are not permitted at school at any time, including both the cafeteria and yard.
    Snack Food Policy
    • In order to maximize learning potential we recommend that parents support students bringing a healthy snack. Attention and concentration will wane on an empty stomach. Healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, granola bars, yogurt, dried fruit and nuts, and water provide extended hours of energy for learning, whereas sugary snacks provide only short-term energy with a “crash”.

      • Candy, seeds, and gum will not be allowed at any time during school hours.
      • Students are permitted to bring a water bottle to drink and refill throughout the day.
      • Drinks other than water will not be permitted in the classroom, even during snack.
      • Soda is not permitted at school at any time, including both the cafeteria and yard.
      • Glass bottles and containers are not permitted at school at any time, including both the cafeteria and yard.
    Birthday Celebrations

    Check with your child’s teacher each year to find out how they celebrate birthdays in your child’s classroom. Many teachers have special birthday routines in place. Never send food without communicating directly with and receiving permission and clear instructions from your child’s teacher. In general, birthday celebrations with food are not feasible in grades 4-8. If you make a plan with a teacher to send in food, consider sending more nutritious alternatives to cake/cupcakes, and remember that each student only needs one small, pre-portioned serving.

    Non-Discrimination Statement

    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) 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 (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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