SCHOOL DINING SYSTEM
The Mount Vernon Community School District uses a computerized system called School Dining System for breakfast and lunch purchases. Each student is assigned a five-digit number that students use to purchase meals and ala carte items. Deposits into the lunch account can be made online using InTouch (see below) or a check may be sent to school.
At the beginning of the school year you should deposit an appropriate amount of money into your family account depending on how often your student(s) eats at school. Each time your student(s) purchases a meal, the money will be withdrawn from your family account. When your family account runs low on funds, an email will be sent to notify you of the low balance. Please keep your family account balance positive to avoid the situation where your student will not be allowed to purchase a meal at school.
Students in middle school and high school also have the option to purchase ala carte food items at an additional charge to your family account. Ala carte items are food items that are normally separate from the school breakfast and lunch menu. If you do not want your student to purchase these extra charge ala carte items, please discuss this with your student and turn off this option in the School Dining System.
USING INTOUCH TO PAY ONLINE FOR SCHOOL MEALS
A payment option is available online to pay for school meals using your credit card or debit card. There are two convenient ways to access the InTouch online payment program to make a deposit directly into your family account:
- When you receive a low balance email from the School Dining System, select the Pay Online link from the email. This is the quickest and most convenient way to pay online.
- Log in to InTouch by visiting the school website and selecting the InTouch log in
APPLYING FOR FREE OR REDUCED PRICE BREAKFASTS & LUNCHES
Free or reduced price breakfast and lunch meals are available to students of families meeting the income or other qualifications listed on the application forms. An application for free or reduced price school meals form should be completed and returned to the District Office (525 Palisades Rd. SW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314). Free and Reduced Applications can be found on the Registration Forms page of our website or may be picked up in any of the building offices. The information on these forms is kept strictly confidential. The school lunch computer is set up so other students will not be aware that students qualify for free or reduced price meals.
Families of middle school and high school students on the free or reduced price meal plans will be charged and must pay for ala carte food items purchased. Ala carte items are food items that are normally separate from the school breakfast and lunch menu. If you do not want your student to purchase these extra charge ala carte items, please discuss this with your student and turn off this option in the School Dining System.
In addition to free or reduced price meals there is a program known as Operation Backpack through HACAP to receive a packet of food each week to supplement the families grocery items over the weekend. Sign up letters are sent home in August.
Please contact the school nurses at:
Elementary: Missy Hauser (319) 895-6251 Ext. 2003
Middle School & High School: Linda See
Middle School: (319) 895-6254 Ext. 3003
High School: (319) 895-8843 Ext. 4223
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