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Food Services

School Year 2023-2024 Updates

Free Breakfast Extension for 23-24 School Year
Due to the Governor's Proposed Budget, PA approved FREE breakfast for all students in K-12 schools again for the 2023-2024 school year. In addition, students approved for reduced meals will receive lunch at no cost. Updated school meal prices will be as follows:


All K-12 Students Districtwide:  Free


Free/Reduced: Free
Full Price, Elementary: $2.50
Full Price, Secondary: $2.75

Milk: $0.50

If your child was Directly Certified through the state or if you were approved for free/reduced meals through a household application last school year, these benefits will carry over 30 days into next school year. All prior year benefits will expire on October 4th, 2023. If your child was not eligible for free or reduced meals last school year, they will be classified as full pay starting the first day of school this year.  To access your child’s eligibility status, simply go to Skyward Family Access under the Food Service Tab.  

CVSD Food Services

Conewago Valley School District (CVSD) recognizes that wellness and proper nutrition are related to students physical well-being, growth, development and readiness to learn. All foods available in the district schools during the day are offered to students with consideration for promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. Foods provided through the National School Breakfast & Lunch Programs comply with federal nutrition standards under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA).  The Conewago Valley School District offers breakfast and lunch to all students during the school day in each of its buildings. 

2023-2024 Free & Reduced Meal Applications

CVSD will begin to process applications for Free/Reduced Priced lunch and breakfast for the 2023-2024 school year throughout the summer and into the school year.  For efficient application processing, we strongly encourage families to consider completing the application online via Skyward Family Access or COMPASS. Please note that students may be automatically eligible for benefits through Direct Certification. Notices of Direct Certification can be found in Skyward Family Access under the Food Service tab.

 To apply for free or reduced meals, please utilize one of the following options. 

Free and Reduced Meal Program

Many families need financial assistance at various times throughout the school year. It is important to take advantage of programs that can help keep your children healthy and learning in spite of financial pressures. We encourage all families who are eligible for the Free and Reduced Meal program to apply, and to know that we are committed to protecting your privacy.

  • Children need healthy meals to learn. CVSD offers healthy meals every school day.
  • Children from low-income families may qualify for free lunches or for reduced-price lunches. Income guidelines change annually.
  • In addition, our schools can receive federal funding for reading intervention and other services when all eligible families apply.
  • Your privacy is protected by federal law, and our PIN-code entry system in all our cafeteria lines insures no one knows who is getting a free or discounted lunch.
  • Find out more about this program and whether your family is eligible by reading the rules and application on this web site.
  • Families could possibly take advantage of other discounted state programs 
  • Even when enrolled, you are under no obligation to participate each day, or ever.​

Breakfast & Lunch Program
Each school in the district has a cafeteria that prepares nutritious meals daily. Students and adults in the elementary and secondary schools can purchase breakfast and lunches or students may bring a lunch from home and purchase milk in the cafeteria.

All students in grades K-12 may deposit money into an "account" to purchase meals and/or a-la-carte items through the district's point-of-sale system. Monthly menus are available to all students.

How do I purchase school meals?
Parents are responsible for providing their children with lunch money or a packed lunch from home.  Parents are also encouraged to put money “on account” for their children in the district to utilize daily.  When children have money on their lunch account, it allows for a smoother process during lunchtime and can avoid money being misplaced or lost. Parents may write a check to CVSD Food Service, send cash, or make a payment online with debit, credit, or e-check via Skyward family access.  Due to COVID-19, we strongly encourage you to utilize online payments via Skyward, to cut back on face-to-face currency exchange.  If you prefer to utilize cash or check, we ask that you send the payment in an envelope with your child's name & PIN and have it sent to the office for deposit on their account. For secondary students, please have your child drop the payment into the safety deposit box located in the office.  Payments in-person and in the food service line will be strongly discouraged. 

The Food Service Department is thankful your child(children) participates in the in the school breakfast and lunch programs. Please know that our programs rely on funds from student accounts along with state and federal reimbursements for meals served to students. All funds are utilized to operate the program, purchase food, purchase equipment, and more.  It is crucial that all negative balances are paid in full by the end of the school year.  Please note that any unpaid balances may be turned over to a delinquent collector at the end of each school year.

Insufficient Funds
Email reminders are sent home to parents when a student's account balance is in the negative.  Students with a negative balance are able to purchase meals, but will be unable to purchase a la carte items.  If charging persists, parents will be notified accordingly, and debt is to be paid in a timely manner.

Grades 9-12
Students in grades 7-12 are verbally notified when their account balance is starting to get low or if they have insufficient funds. In addition, email reminders are sent home to parents when a student's account balance is negative. Students with a negative balance are able to purchase meals, but will be unable to purchase a la carte items.  If charging persists, parents will be notified accordingly, and debt is to be paid in a timely manner.

  Food Allergies

If your child has a food allergy and requires any accommodations or substitutions, please complete the following form and return a copy to the school nurse in your child's building. 

Food Allergy Form

Applications are processed in the order of which they are received.  Once your application has been processed, your child's meal status and approval letter can be found in Skyward Family Access under the Food Service tab. 

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.