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School Meals at No Charge for All Students

Effective for School Year 2021-22, Omaha Public Schools will serve meals at no charge to enrolled students.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved  use of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which allows local school districts to provide no-cost meals to all enrolled students for the duration of the 2021-22 school year.

The new school year requires a new meal application.  Although school meals will be provided at no cost to all children, school funding depends on completed meal applications.  It is important to submit a complete SY2021-22 meal application as soon as possible.

  • Only one meal application is needed for each household.
  • ‚ÄčApplications are available online at www.schoolcafe.com

Student Balances

The end of the school year has come to a close.  Questions may arise regarding the funds remaining in the student’s accounts and the 2021-2022 school year.
Due to the Pandemic, USDA is continuing to provide schools with a waiver allowing students to receive meals at no cost during the 2021-2022 school year.

*Any funds remaining in a student's account, except for the graduating seniors, will automatically be carried over to the 2021-22 school year unless parents/guardians notify Nutrition Services.  Lunch meals for the 2021-22 school year will be free of charge.  Any carry over funds may be used to purchase a second meal or any ala carte items.  Parents/guardians may request a refund or transfer the balance to siblings or other children. 
*If automatic payments are set up through schoolcafe.com and you do not wish to have the funds taken out of your account during the summer months, please suspend or disable this feature.  For assistance please contact School Cafe at 855-729-2328.
*Regarding the graduating seniors, all funds will be automatically refunded to the parent/guardian who is listed as the contact in Infinite Campus.  
*Parent/guardians of students who will not be returning to Omaha Public Schools, all funds will be automatically refunded to the contact that is listed in Infinite Campus.
 All refund or balance transfer requests prior to the end of the school year may be directed to the Cafeteria Manager or the Nutrition Services Office, 531-299-0230.

Setting Low Balance Alerts

We are fast approaching the end of the school year and you may not be adding as much money in your child's schoolcafe.com lunch account next year.  Next year, your student may want to purchase extra food or ala carte items.  Now would be a good time to set up Low Balance Alerts within the software.  This will notify you when the balance has reached a threshold amount you set and help you remember to add funds in their account when the 2021-2022 school year starts.  You may still set up Low Balance Alerts even if you are not making payments online.
Please follow the instructions below to set-up Low Balance Alerts:
                                                                       Log into Schoolcafe.com
                                                                       1.  Click Students, then Students Accounts
                                                                       2.  Click Low Balance Alert in a student listing
                                                                       3.  Enter Threshold amount
                                                                       4.  Enter number of days to elapse between alerts
                                                                       5.  Click Set


Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program designed to provide cash benefits on an EBT card to be used to purchase food. This program is in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

This program provides benefits to children on free and reduce-price meals who lost access to food due to school closures and adjusted schedules during the 2020-2021 school year.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has announced that Nebraska has been approved to disburse a third round of Pandemic EBT benefits with the first issuance taking place on April 2021. Pandemic EBT is a program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides assistance to families of children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and are impacted by school closures. 

Below are two documents of Frequently Asked Questions from the Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services and the Nebraska Department of Human Services that provides additional information and guidance to help answer questions you have regarding P-EBT Round Three and how it relates to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

1.  If you have not received your P-EBT benefits, please see below: Please make sure your address is current.   If the address is not correct, please contact your child's school with an address verification such as a lease, an OPPD bill or a MUD bill.  Once the address has been changed with the school, email DHHS at dhhs.nebraskapebt@nebraska.gov. Include the following information:

*Parent's Name
*Children's Name
*Child's Date of Birth
*District Name and School Name
*Address - past and current
*Phone Number

2.  If your student is not on the DHHS list, contact Pamela Swanson at 531-299-9442 or pamela.swanson@ops.org.  Please do not contact the school cafeteria or the school office. When leaving a message, please include the above information. Staff will return the call as quickly as possible.

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 Join the Omaha Public Schools Nutrition Services
     We are hiring for the 2021-22 school year 

School cafeteria employees are skilled professionals in the food service industry.  No longer referred to as "lunch ladies," they offer more to students than simply handing out school breakfasts and lunches and are one of many groups of people who can contribute to a child's  education.  Working alongside teachers, coaches, counselors, librarians, and other school personnel, cafeteria employees can make a difference in the life of a child.  By preparing and serving healthy meals, they help support the core mission of education, especially  when it comes to boosting student's concentration, focus, and cognitive function

If you want to know more about the rewarding career of a Nutrition Services employee, please click on the Employment Opportunities tab at the top of the page.

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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. Individual 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: How to File a Complaint 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
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

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