Free and Reduced Meals Application
Review the income guidelines to confirm eligibility and then fill out the application and return it to Food Services.
Online Application for Free and Reduced Meals (please use Google Chrome web browser to access).
All families can continue to pick up a free weekly meal box
As of Aug. 31, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the free meals program into the 2020-21 school year. This means all children ages 0 to 18, plus our Community Transitions students, will continue to receive free meal boxes. You will no longer need to provide a name or PIN at pickup. This is late-breaking, great news and differs from the informational meal flyer you will receive shortly in the family handbook mailing.
We encourage all families to pick up a free box of 14 meals and support our food services program and the Good Food Project in Bellingham Public Schools, as well as our local community. In every week’s box, we will provide a scratch-made entrée out of our Central Kitchen with ingredients sources from local farms when available. Now is a great time to bring the school cafeteria into your home with these meals. By picking up a box, you will keep farmers in business, district staff employed and families fed.
Every Wednesday starting Sept. 9, boxes will be distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 15 school locations and six community locations.
The school locations are as follows:
Alderwood Elementary School, 3400 Hollywood Avenue
Birchwood Elementary School, 3200 Pinewood Avenue
Carl Cozier Elementary School, 1330 Lincoln Street
Cordata Elementary School, 4420 Aldrich Road
Geneva Elementary School, 1401 Geneva Street.
Happy Valley Elementary School, 1041 24th Street
Northern Heights Elementary School, 4000 Magrath Road
Roosevelt Elementary School, 2900 Yew Street
Wade King Elementary School, 2155 Yew Street Road
Fairhaven Middle School, 110 Park Ridge Road
Kulshan Middle School, 1250 Kenoyer Drive
Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Avenue
Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck Street
Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Avenue
Sehome High School, 2700 Bill McDonald Parkway
The six community locations are:
Evergreen Ridge Apartment Complex, 3451 Woburn Street;
Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser St.;
Sterling Meadows Apartment Complex, 512 Sterling Drive;
Sudden Valley Community Center, 8 Barn View Drive;
Villa Santa Fe Apartment Complex, 804 West Bakerview Road; and
Bakerview Mobile Park, 4015 Eliza Avenue.
Note on free and reduced priced meals application: Families should apply for free and reduced priced meals online as we start the school year. It is unclear how long the USDA funding for free meals will continue. Go to bellinghamschools.org/food-services for the Letter to Household which gives the income guidelines and a link to the online application.
Note on Pandemic EBT: Families have until Sept. 11 to apply for the Pandemic EBT food assistance program. Apply online at www.WashingtonConnection.org (choose “Pandemic EBT — Emergency School Meals Program” box in the Food Assistance section) or call the DSHS Customer Service Contact Center at (877) 501–2233. Language translation is available.
Good Food Project
With the support of the Whatcom Community Foundation, a dedicated group of community members, parents and staff started looking at the school lunch program 10 years ago and have never stopped the movement forward with healthier, more wholesome meals in our school cafeterias.
The movement to re-invent school lunch made a huge leap with the voter-approved 2013 bond that financed a Central Kitchen, supported with additional funds from the Whatcom Community Foundation. Simultaneously, advisory groups focused on Farm to School, Food Services Visioning, development and implementation of the Good Food Promise, and Central Kitchen design continued to meet.
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Bellingham, WA 98226
Recipes and Fun Cooking videos
During the pandemic closures, while our regular Central Kitchen production is halted, we thought it would be a good time to share out our Good Food Promise recipes and cooking instructions. And even some recipes are based on our Monday meal boxes.
Food Services Advisory Group
In October 2015, we convened an advisory group of parents, students, staff, and community members to identify our shared vision for the food services program in Bellingham Public Schools. After engaging our community and learning from school districts and others who are ahead of us in the work to transform school meals, they agreed to the following vision, which was approved by the superintendent and will guide the next steps in our work:
“We encourage a lifetime of healthy eating by serving students nourishing, delicious, whole foods in a welcoming environment.”
School Meal Prices:
Elementary School: Breakfast $1.50, Lunch $3.00
Middle/High School: Breakfast $1.75, Lunch $3.25
Free/Reduced Prices: Breakfast Free, Lunch Grades K-3 Free, Lunch Grades 4-12 $0.40
Adult Breakfast: $2.25
Adult Lunch: $4.25
Milk only: $0.50
School Meals Donation Process
If you would like to make a donation to offset unpaid student meal debt across the district, Bellingham Public Schools recommends you do the following:
Tax deductible donations can be made to the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation (BPSF). They have established a fund to eliminate student meal debts, in accordance with Bellingham Public School’s Meal Charges procedure 6700.
How to Donate:
The easiest way to donate is online through BPSF’s website at bellinghamschoolsfoundation.org/eliminate-student-meal-debt. Select “make a gift.”
Gifts of cash or check are also welcome. Donations by check (made payable to the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation) can be accepted at your local school office, cafeteria or mailed to the address below. Cash donations should be made in person at the District Office:
Bellingham Public Schools Foundation
1306 Dupont St
Bellingham, WA 98225
For check donations, a tax-deductible receipt will be mailed to the address listed on the check. For cash donations please leave your name and address to receive a donation receipt.
Donations can be made to an individual student’s meal account when you supply the student’s name to your school Food Services cashier.
Food safety is a priority. Ongoing training is provided through the ServSafe food safety and sanitation program of the National Restaurant Association. All school site Food Service managers, leads, and primary production staff are ServSafe Certified. All Food Services staff have food handlers permits issued by the Whatcom County Health and Human Services Department. Food preparation and transport is carefully monitored through Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) standards developed jointly by the Bellingham School District and the Whatcom County Health and Human Services Department. School kitchens and dining areas are inspected by Whatcom County HHS staff annually.
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 Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA 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 mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.