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Complete breakfast and lunch meals now free for all Keystone Oaks students

Keystone Oaks Students, Staff and Families, 

I am writing today with an important update regarding the Keystone Oaks School District’s school lunch program. Effective Wednesday, January 3, 2024, all complete breakfast and lunch meals will be free of charge for all Keystone Oaks students. Please read this email in its entirety for important details about the free meals program. 

This change is due to an update to the income eligibility guidelines, set by the United States Department of Agriculture, which now identifies our district as being eligible for free meals during the school year. 

In order for a meal to be free, a student must select the following: 

  • At least one of the following: fruit, vegetable, fruit juice

  • At least two of the following: protein, grain, milk

Students who do not select at least three items (as outlined above) will be charged a la carte pricing for each item. Individual prices for each item are as follows:

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait - $1.90

Donuts - $1.00
Bagel - $.85
Cereal bowl - $1.00
Zucchini, lemon, chocolate, pumpkin, blueberry, and banana breads - $1.25
Cereal bars, Pop Tarts - $1.00
Granola bar - $.75
Water - $1.00
Propel, Gatorade, Switch drinks - $1.50
Large bag of chips - $1.00
Small bag of chips - $.75
Cookies -$1.00
Rice Crispy Treats -$1.00
Fruit snacks, Fruit Roll-ups - $.50
Small ice cream – $.75
Large ice cream - $1.00
Hummus snack - $1.50
Daily hot entrée - $1.90
Pizza, salad, burger, chicken sandwich, deli sandwich, PB&J, hummus platter - $1.90
French fries - $1.00
Second elementary meal - $2.75
Second secondary meal - $2.85

The Food Service Department will continue to serve unlimited fresh and canned fruits and fresh vegetables to students who receive or purchase a school lunch. 

All K-12 students in Pennsylvania are eligible for free breakfast in school during the 2023-2024 school year. In order for a meal to be free, a student must select:
  • At least one of the following: fruit, vegetable or fruit juice 
  • At least two of the following: protein, grain, milk. 
  • A la carte items, such as a single pop tart or cereal bar, are not eligible for the free breakfast program and students will be charged for individual items.
Breakfast is available in each building daily, beginning at 7:20 a.m. for middle and high school students and 8:20 a.m. for elementary school students.

The Food Service Department will continue to utilize SchoolCafe to allow families to manage and view breakfast and lunch purchases and make online food service payments. Families should visit to access their child's account. Families will need to enter their name, email address, phone number, student name(s), school(s) and student ID number, which can be found in PowerSchool.

Additionally, students who have an outstanding cafeteria balance from meals or a la carte items purchased prior to January 3, 2024 are still obligated to pay the outstanding balance. If you have an outstanding balance, you can make a payment via SchoolCafe or you can send a check or cash to school with your child. 

The Food Service Department does allow families to set restrictions on their child’s cafeteria account. Please contact the Food Service Department at 412-571-6017 if you would like to specify or limit items that your child can purchase at school or to discuss other issues. 

Once again, all complete first breakfast and first lunch meals will be free of charge for all Keystone Oaks students effective Wednesday, January 3, 2024.

Thank you, 

William P. Stropkaj, Ed.D.
Keystone Oaks School District