Food Services

Use the links to the right to find more information on the FCASD Food Services Program.

The FCASD Food Services program uses School Cafe to pay for school meals.

For detailed instructions on how to use School Cafe, please download the document below.

Student Purchase of Snacks in Elementary Schools

Effective April 1, 2018, students in kindergarten-grade two at all of the Fox Chapel Area School District elementary schools will only be able to purchase snacks during lunch in the cafeterias on Fridays. These snacks will no longer be offered five days a week for our younger students. The elementary students in grades three-five will still have the opportunity to purchase snacks during their lunch times as usual.

What is the National School Lunch Program?

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provided nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 31 million children each school day in 2011. In 1998, Congress expanded the National School Lunch Program to include reimbursement for snacks served to children in afterschool educational and enrichment programs to include children through 18 years of age. The Food and Nutrition Service administers the program at the Federal level. At the State level, the National School Lunch Program is usually administered by State education agencies, which operate the program through agreements with school food authorities.

What are the nutritional requirements for school lunches?

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed USDA to update the NSLP’s meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new meal pattern went into effect at the beginning of SY 2012-13, and increased the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu. New dietary specifications set specific calorie limits to ensure age-appropriate meals for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Other meal enhancements include gradual reductions in the sodium content of the meals (sodium targets must be reached by SY 2014-15, SY 2017-18 and SY 2022-23). While school lunches must meet federal meal requirements, decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities.


Before- and after-school care is available through the PNC YMCA at O’Hara & Kerr schools and After-School care only at Hartwood Elementary School and is facilitated by YMCA school-age staff.

Care for Fairview students available at O’Hara, busing provided.

The program is available from:

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at O’Hara Elementary. The building is open to all students at 8:30 a.m.

Fairview building is open to all students at 8:40 a.m.

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Kerr Elementary. The building is open to all students at 8:30 a.m.

Hartwood School after school care only. The building is open to all students at 7:30 a.m.

The program operates each day that school is in session. Your child may enjoy a school breakfast while attending the YMCA Morning Care Program for $1.35. See related files below for a complete guide to the Morning/ Afternoon PNC YMCA School-Age Program and Breakfast programs.

After-school care is dismissal to 6:00pm at O’Hara, Kerr & Hartwood Elementary School buildings.

O’Hara, 3:40 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Kerr, 3:35 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Hartwood, 2:50 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Breakfast and Lunch Programs

Breakfast and lunch programs are provided at all six Fox Chapel Area School District buildings. The meals provide students with nutritious and tasty breakfast and lunch meals that meet the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Free and reduced-meals options are available for families that meet income guidelines and submit a yearly Free and Reduced School Meal Application. A new application is available in mid-July each year and can be submitted anytime during the school year. A new application MUST BE completed each school year.

Without a new application, a student is in danger of losing their free and reduced price school meals. A detailed packet with an FAQ sheet, instructions for applying and a paper application is posted in the download section.

Before- and After-School Program and Breakfast Program

YMCA School-Age Parent Guide & Breakfast Programs 2016-2017

What is the PNC-YMCA School-Age Program? In order to meet the needs of working parents or families with busy schedules, Fox Chapel Area School District in partnership with the YMCA offers Before & After School Programs in O’Hara to include Fairview; Kerr; Afterschool only at Hartwood Elementary School. Students can increase self-esteem build character, increase leadership skills, appreciate diversity, improve personal and family relationships, participate in games and other activities or choose to study. Who is eligible to participate? Students enrolled at any of the district’s four elementary schools can participate in the YMCA Before and After School Program. Each school has a designated area for the program, which is facilitated by YMCA School-Age Staff.

Do students need to attend the YMCA Before and After School Programs on a regular basis?

Students may attend part time (one to three days weekly), or full time (four to five days weekly).

What is the fee?
Please contact the PNC YMCA for information at (412) 227-6439 for Information on cost.

Financial assistance is available through child care information services of Allegheny County (CCIS) or through the YMCA at (412) 227-6439 or email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students not enrolled in the YMCA Morning Program will not be permitted on school grounds or to enter the building unsupervised prior to the building opening. This is for their safety.

Is breakfast served during the Before School Program?

Breakfast is available through the school breakfast program to all students. From 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. at O’Hara, Fairview and Kerr. The cost of breakfast $1.35 for students paying full price, $0.40 for students paying reduce price, and no charge for free students.


What is the Breakfast Program?

Fox Chapel Area School District’s Food Service Department offers a Breakfast Program that provides students with a nutritious breakfast that meets recommended dietary guidelines. The program, which is supervised by the Food Service Department, is available in all district cafeterias.

Who is eligible to participate?

All elementary and secondary students in the district are eligible to participate in the Breakfast Program.

Do students need to participate in the Breakfast Program regularly?

No. Students can eat breakfast on a regular or occasional basis.

What is the cost?

The cost for breakfast is $1.35 a day. However, students who qualify for free lunches or lunches at a Reduced price under the National School Lunch Program also are entitled to receive breakfast for free or at a reduced price in the Breakfast Program. Monies are deducted from the student’s Nutrikids account.

What are the Breakfast Program hours for students and staff?

7:50-8:20 a.m. at Hartwood
8:40-9:00 a.m. at Fairview
8:30 -9:00 a.m. at O’Hara and Kerr
7:50 -8:15 a.m. at DMS Middle School
7:00-7:30 a.m. at Fox Chapel Area High School

If you have any questions regarding the School Breakfast Program, please contact Julie Geary, Fox Chapel Area School District’s Nutrition Center Manager, at 412/967-2502, or your school principal.

Meal Pricing Information

2018-2019 Meal Prices

Breakfast: $1.35
Reduced Breakfast: $0.30
Adult Breakfast: Ala Carte

Primary Lunch: $2.55
Secondary Lunch: $2.85
Secondary Tier Lunch: $3.25
Reduced Lunch Price: $0.40
Adult Lunch: $3.95 & Ala Carte

Restricting Student Purchases

If parents wish to restrict their children from purchasing certain food items, they should contact Sandy Stewart in the nutrition center office at 412/967-4409.


Due to the large number of students charging their meals, it is necessary to address the issue of delinquent food service accounts.

The Board of School Directors is required to provide healthy meals in accordance with current regulation and policy.  The Board of School Directors shall permit students to incur what the Board or its designee considers reasonable charges and that parents/guardians shall be contacted for payment of said charges.


The district shall inform, in writing, parent/guardian, who incurred a negative balance, of the district’s policy regarding food service charges.  The Food Service Department of the Fox Chapel Area School District adopted a Point of Service System (P.O.S.S.) for meal purchases in each building.  Parents/guardians have the ability to prepay for meals by depositing funds to the students account.  All students are issued a Personal Identification Number (PIN) upon entering grade K and will retain a PIN while enrolled in the Fox Chapel Area School District.  

A written notice will be sent by mail to parent/guardian whose students have a debt greater than $10.00, informing them of the balance and the notice shall include information on payment options. If the balance is not paid immediately, the student will be provided a qualified lunch at the cost of a school lunch.  Students with a negative account balance may not purchase a second meal, ala carte items, snacks, or beverages.  Elementary students with a negative account balance may purchase a milk.

Parents are encouraged to keep funds in their child’s account.

Parents with hardships can apply for Free and Reduced Meals at any time during the school year.  However, this will not negate the charges incurred nor can a Free and Reduced Meal application be back-dated to address accrued charges.

The District will attempt to collect on accrued charges through contact with parent/guardian.  The District will work with parent/guardian to set up a payment plan for families that are experiencing difficulties paying for their accrued charges.

The Fox Chapel Area School District Food Services Department strives to serve healthy and well-balanced meals to students. Periodically, we will be posting photos of the lunch options available for students.

Below is an example of a recent lunch option (nachos grande) at Dorseyville Middle School.


Below is an example of a recent lunch option (chicken nuggets) at the elementary level.


Below is an example of a recent lunch option (French toast sticks) at the elementary level.



Summer Meals Information


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Free and Reduced Lunch

Families that have children attending a public school district can apply for free or reduced priced school meals through the National school Lunch and Breakfast Program online using the Internet! This can be done at this time, using COMPASS. COMPASS allows Pennsylvanian's to apply online for social service programs, such as Food Stamps (FS), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Energy Assistance, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Families can use COMPASS to apply for free or reduced price school meals only, or they can apply for other services at the same time (FS, TANF, etc.).

Since your child attends Fox Chapel Area School District, we utilize School Cafe and you may apply online at Parents/guradians applying online DO NOT need to submit a paper application.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Stewart in the Fox Chapel Area School District's administrative food service office at 412/967-4409.  If you need the free and reduced form in a different language, please visit this website:, or call the food service office.

Low Fund Balance

Parents/guardians are reminded that it is NOT the policy of the Fox Chapel Area School District to verbally request a credit card number for any payment of a school meal account. Please know that at no time will the school district or any of its representatives request credit card information over the phone.

As a reminder, low balance notification procedures for families participating in the district's online school meal payment service are as follows:

A low balance notification letter is sent home informing parents/guardians that their child's/children's school meal account is low. In addition, if requested upon activation of the school district's online payment service, a low balance notification may be sent via e-mail. Parents/guardians may register for the notification at

A follow up phone call may also be placed to remind parents/guardians of a negative meal account balance. Again, the district will NEVER request credit card information over the phone. Payments may be made by providing payment and student information including name, homeroom number, homeroom teacher, and special instructions to the individual cafeteria office. Payments may also be made by the student directly at the point of service.

If registered, payments may be made online at, the school district's Point of Service (POS) software provider.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil rights program compliant of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination complaint form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Special Dietary Needs/Forms

If your child:

1. Has special dietary needs due to food allergies or a disabling condition(s)
2. Plans on participating in the school lunch program, and
3. Requires dietary substitutions, there are USDA regulations for making food substitutions in the school meals program which require a physician’s specific diet prescription and signature.

When a child has a serious disability (such as food allergies which may result in anaphylaxis)
A signed medical statement from a physician is needed for disabling conditions. Your physician is required to answer a series of questions in order for meal substitutions or changes to be honored by the school during the school year. In addition, juice and water are no longer an accepted substitute for milk intolerance or allergy that is not ruled a disability by a physician. Only in the case of a disability are alternative forms of milk substitutions such as water or juice allowable.

A MEDICAL PLAN OF CARE FOR SCHOOL FOOD SERVICES form must be completed and signed by a physician, if your child has a disability which requires special dietary accommodations or substitutions.
We cannot accept a physician’s prescription in lieu of this form.

If you have any questions or need any further explanations regarding the new regulations, please contact Fox Chapel Area School District’s Nutrition Center Manager, Julie Geary at (412) 967-2502 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Medical Plan of Care Form

Nutritious Party Snack Menu

The Fox Chapel Area School Nutrition Center offers healthy party packages for you to purchase for any celebration in the classroom.

Fruit-Tastic Fruity Tray

An assortment of fresh fruit in season, served with a low-fat yogurt dip.

Veggie-Mania Tray

An assortment of fresh raw vegetables, served with a low-fat ranch dip.

Mexi-Marvilous Tray

Whole grain tortillas served with mild salsa & cheese

Crazy-Cracker w trix yogurt Tray

Assorted packaged graham crackers with trix yogurt cups

Price per person includes your choice of one of the following: Milk, 100% fruit juice or water. Paper supplies included. Call the Food Service Office for pricing. Please call ahead to reserve a tray at 412/967-2502

A Guide to Smart Snacks in School

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has an informative brochure on helping students and parents make healthy choices at school.  To see it, click here:


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