For Immediate Release: 12/29/2020
School Meals at No Charge for All Children
Effective immediately, Manassas Park City Schools will be serving meals at no charge to children 18 and under. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions and other federal meal program sponsors to implement the Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge through February 2021. The waivers support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19.
The new school year requires a new meal application. Although school meals will be provided free to all children, school funding depends on completed meal applications. A new meal application must be completed if you have not already been notified that your student is approved for free meals. It is important to submit a completed meal application as soon as possible.
- Only one meal application is needed for each household.
- Applications are available online at https://www.mpark.net/departments/food-services
- Meals are available to all children including those learning in-person or virtually and regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
Meals will be provided Mondays (unless a holiday), on a first come, first served basis through the end of the school year at:
Cougar Elementary School, 9-11 am
MP Community Center/Dog Park, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sandstone Way & Manassas Drive, 1:30-2:30 pm
Manassas Park Middle School, 4-5:30 pm
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
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:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Greg Taylor, Food Service Coordinator
Manassas Park Middle School
703-361-1510 Ext. 17212
Stephanie Greene, Cafeteria Manager
Cougar Elementary School
703-392-1317 Ext. 10230
Kim Taylor, Cafeteria Manager
Manassas Park Elementary School
703-368-2032 Ext. 18410
Jerry Fitzsimmons, Cafeteria Manager
Manassas Park Middle School
703-361-1510 Ext. 17156
Luz Vasquez, Cafeteria Manager
Manassas Park High School
703-361-9131 Ext. 16153
MPCS is participating in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program as part of a food assistance plan approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that is being implemented statewide by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
Students who are learning virtually for at least 5 consecutive days and are eligible for free or reduced price meals are eligible to receive a P-EBT benefit this fall.
If you received a P-EBT benefit this past spring or summer, the new benefit will be automatically added to your card. It is not necessary to contact the school about this benefit.
All eligible students will be submitted for benefits by the school division. Benefits will be issued between September 30 and October 15, 2020.
If you have questions about P-EBT after this date or want more information, please visit the DSS P-EBT webpage to submit your question and receive a response.
As a reminder, the Virginia P-EBT Card will have food assistance benefits on it that can be used for food items anywhere SNAP benefits are accepted.
Participation in the program is voluntary. If you choose not to participate in the program, please dispose of the card by cutting through the magnetic stripe and discarding it in a secure manner. You will not be able to redeem the food benefits, nor can you transfer the card to someone else.
If you have questions, please visit the DSS P-EBT webpage to submit your question.
- 2020-2021 Policy for Providing Free or Reduced Price Meals
- Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Information
- Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Information (Spanish)
- P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions
- P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish)
- Cafeteria Payment Policy
- School Food Pricing
- Food Service Management - Meal Charges Regulation
- Online Meal Payment
- Free & Reduced Meal Information
- Nutrition Nuggets Newsletters
P-EBT Replacement Card Instructions
Call 1-866-281-2448, logon to https://www.connectebt.com/, or download the ConnectEBT app on a mobile device.
P-EBT card accounts did not use the parent/guardian's Social Security Number (SSN) or the parent/guardian's date of birth (DOB). When P-EBT households use the automated system, (phone, website, or mobile app) to request a replacement card or access account information, they should use the following information at each step.
"Enter P-EBT card number" - for replacement card, bypass by pressing "2" to use personal information.
"Enter primary cardholder's SSN" - all PEBT cardholders must enter 000000000, not their own SSN.
"Enter primary cardholders DOB" - all P-EBT cardholders should enter the oldest student's DOB, if there was more than one student's benefits on the card. It is the same student DOB that was used to PIN the card.
"Enter PIN" - PEBT cardholders should enter the PIN of the card they are seeking to replace.
At MPCS, we use a computerized system to track meals served and payments / charges made to student accounts. Students are assigned a unique PIN number that they should memorize. ( Elementary and middle school students will receive a card with their name and PIN number on the first day of school. High school cards will be given out upon request. ) Sharing of PIN numbers is NOT ALLOWED.To purchase meals, students enter their PIN number at the cashier's station(s). Prepayment for meals is encouraged to reduce instances of lost or stolen lunch money. Students may deposit money into their school meal account and charges for meals will be deducted from the account balance as purchases are made. Parents may request an account statement from the school's cafeteria manager at any time. Please take the time to thoroughly review the Cafeteria payment policy information and go over it with your child.
In accordance with the federal Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, Final Rule: Local School Wellness Policy Implementation, Virginia Administrative Code §8VAC-20-740, and the Virginia Department of Education requirements for local educational agencies that participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Manassas Park City Schools (MPCS) presents the first triennial Wellness Policy report. The triennial report outlines updates on the progress and implementation of the district’s wellness related policies and initiatives.