National School Lunch Program

Bridges Public Charter School participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federal program providing funding for well-balance nutritious meals. Through our partnership with Revolution Foods, we offer breakfast, lunch and an afterschool snack. Breakfast and lunch are available to all students at Bridges. Breakfast is free for all students, and lunch is free for students who qualify for free or reduced meals. There is a cost for meals served to students who do not qualify for free or reduced meals. The afterschool snack is free to students who participate in aftercare and any other academic afterschool programs.

Breakfast and lunch are served daily in the classrooms. 

To determine whether you qualify for free and reduced meals, please complete this lunch application and turn it in to the front desk.

USDA Nondiscrimination 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 , (AD-3027) found online at: USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to How to File a Complaint, 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

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

District of Columbia Human Rights Act

Also, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, approved December 13, 1977 (DC law 2-38; DC official code §2-1402.11(2006), as amended) states the following: 

It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice to do any of the following acts, wholly or partially for a discriminatory reason based upon the actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of any individual. To file a complaint alleging discrimination on one of these bases, please contact the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights at (202) 727-4559 or ohr@dc.gov.

 

Bridges PCS Meal Charge Policy

Breakfast and snack are FREE to all students

Breakfast and snack are free for all students. Classes eat breakfast and snack daily as a group. Students who arrive to school late will subsequently receive breakfast and snack, unless their arrival is close to lunch time, at which time they will receive or eat their lunch.  Menus for the month are posted on the BPCS website and lobby bulletin board.

Lunch: Free, Reduced, Paid or Home Lunch

Lunch is free for students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals and available for purchase for all other students. Classes eat lunch daily as a group. Afterschool snack is free to students who participate in aftercare or academic afterschool activities.

Qualification for free or reduced lunch

Qualification for free or reduced lunch is determined by income. To qualify for free or reduced lunch, you must fill out a FARMS application each school year that your child is enrolled at Bridges. The FARMS application, and instructions for filling it out, can be found at the Bridge receptionist desk, and they are included in this packet. You must submit the completed form to the receptionist desk or to the Business Manager. Upon review of the form, Bridges will send out notification to the parents/guardian of the student to inform them of the application status: Free, Reduced, or Pay. Pay signifies that the applicant does not qualify for free or reduced lunch. If you do not receive a notification of application status within a week of submitting your application, please contact the business manager or front desk.

If your child was a student at Bridges the previous school year, and they qualified for free or reduced lunch during that school year, the student will be considered the same status for the first thirty days. After the thirty days, the student will be considered “pay” for the remainder of the school year unless Bridges receives a FARMS application. If a FARMS application is received, upon review, Bridges will send notification to the parent on the application status.

If Bridges does not receive a FARMS application for a student who will eat school lunch, that student will be considered a “pay” student and subsequently the parents will be responsible for paying for lunches consumed by the student.

Home lunch students

Families may send lunch to school for their child in lieu of school lunch. Bridges PCS is a nut-free school, so please be mindful of the meals packed for your children. Students are not permitted to consume unhealthy snacks on the premises to include candy, soda, chips, etc. Teachers will ask students to keep such snacks in their lunchbox for later consumption off premises.

If a home lunch student forgets their meal, they can receive a school lunch. Parents who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will be charged for school lunches received, and therefore the parents will receive an invoice for payment.

Ordering lunch

Parents who wish to have their children eat school lunch must inform the school, via their (re)enrollment documents, by checking “yes” to wanting to receive a school lunch. Or parents can inform Monique Mitchell, Business Manager, of your request for school lunch. In addition, parents must inform the school of the type of meal their child should receive. The choices at Bridges PCS are: standard (could include meat, dairy and wheat), vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free. The school will order meals for school lunch students. If you wish to opt-in or opt-out of school lunch for your child, you must inform Monique Mitchell, Business Manager at mmitchell@bridgespcs.org and the classroom teacher two weeks in advance of starting or discontinuing school lunch. Many times the food vendor will not honor requests that are made less than two-weeks out.

Payment for school lunch

Bridges will send invoices for payment to parents on a monthly basis. (If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you will not receive an invoice and will not be responsible for payment). August and September invoices will be combined and sent out to parents in October. May and June invoices will also be combined and sent out to parents in June. Invoices will be sent electronically and via hard copy that will go home in the child’s book bag. The cost will be based on meals served to the student.

 Parents should make payment on the invoice within two weeks. Current payment options are: payment by credit/debit card online once clicking on the electronic invoices sent monthly; payment at the front desk using credit card, cash, check and money order. If you have an outstanding balance, Bridges PCS could use the following methods to collect payment:

  1. Send a reminder notice to parents/guardians that an outstanding balance is due

  2. Offer options for a payment plan

  3. Withhold students’ progress reports

  4. Send the account to collections for repayment

If you would like to discuss payment options for school lunch, please contact Monique Mitchell at mmitchell@bridgespcs.org or if you have not filled out a lunch application and feel that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, please fill out the application. Balances due up to the time that the application was submitted will still hold. If at the time of submitting an application you qualify for free or reduced meals, parents will not be charged for meals for the remainder of the school year unless your economic situation changes.

A student will not be denied a meal due to non-payment of a lunch charge balance.

Also please note that children can obtain a school lunch regardless of a child’s immigration status. Bridges does not release information for immigration-related purposes.