Free & Reduced Lunch and Fees ApplicationIMPORTANT: New applications must be completed each year!Applications are typically available July 1 of each school year.Please ensure you fill out your application PRIOR to the start of the school year.1) Go to the Free & Reduced Meals Application website2) Expand the webpage3) Sign in or create an account.4) Follow the on screen steps to complete your application for all of your Lake Staton Schools students.Contact our Food Service Department if you are not sure if you are elgibile or if you have any questions:
Free/Reduced Meals & Textbook Assistance has changed for 2022-2023
- Theresa Kietzman: (219)962-1190 x1090
- Mellody Forsythe: (219)962-1190 x4605
When the 2021-2022 school year ended, so did free meals for every student. While the federal government funded a program that allowed all students access to free meals during the COVID 19 pandemic, Congress recently declined to continue funding this program, so our school corporation will have to return to the traditional eligibility requirements for free, reduced and paid meals. This means that for School Year 2022-2023, our school corporation will process free and reduced-price meal benefit applications.
The Food Service Department does have the ability to Directly Certify students who receive SNAP, TANF, some Medicaid, are certified as homeless, migrant, or are wards of the state (foster children). Households who are directly certified will be notified in writing of the free or reduced-price meal status prior to the start of school and will not need to complete an application.
Meal benefit applications will not be available until after July 1*. Households are encouraged to apply before the start of the school year to avoid unpaid meal charges. Students who are not approved free or reduced-price meal benefits before the start of the school year will be classified as paid status and meal charges may begin to accumulate starting the first day of school. Meal charges accrued before the approval of a meal benefit application will be the responsibility of the household.
You do NOT need to complete an application if:
- You receive notification that your child (ren) are directly certified.
- You know your household does not qualify for meal benefits. (Please have money in your child’s account on the first day of school.)
*Applications received prior to July 1 will not be effective for the 2022-2023 school year.
For assistance, please contact our Food Service Department at 219-962-1190 ext 1090My MealTime InformationAll parents/guardians of Lake Staton Community School students may have access to My MealTime. This website allows you to view your child's current account balances for breakfast/lunch. It also allows you to add money to their account. https://www.mymealtime.com/
Setting Up A Mealtime Account
Welcome! Lake Station Community Schools has partnered with MyMealTime.com, a convenient and secure online service for monitoring your student's lunch account and making credit and debit card deposits. To begin, click on the MealTime icon below.
Step 1: Register. Click on the “Register” link. Enter your birthdate, and click the box to agree to the terms. You then will fill out your information to create your MyMealTime.com profile. Passwords must be between 8 and 20 characters, and include at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, one number and one special character.
Step 2: Link Your Student. Login to your MyMealTime.com account using the Username and Password you just created. Click on “Add Student” then click “New”. Select your state and then type the name of your child’s school and click to select. Enter your student’s ID number (this is the Other ID # provided in Skyward) and first name only. Click “Add”.
Step 3: Make a Deposit. Click on “Home–Deposit Funds”. If you have multiple students linked to your account, you can deposit separate amounts into each of their accounts in one transaction. Click on the green “Add $” button and enter the amount of the deposit. Repeat this process for multiple students. Click “Go to Checkout”. You will see the total deposit amount plus the convenience fee. Click “Add a payment method” and enter your credit card information. Click “Save Payment Method” if you would like to save this card for future transactions. Click “Save and continue”. Review the amount your credit card will be charged and click “Complete Transaction”. Deposits will reflect in the students lunch account after a brief periodic synchronization.
Congratulations! You can now login anytime, anywhere to securely and conveniently monitor your student’s lunch account and make payments.
Visit the Food Service Website for more information about meal services.