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Welcome to the Firelands Food Service web page. I hope that you find this information helpful to you and your family. If  I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me!
Mrs. Judy Baumann
Food Service Director
Office: 440-965-5821 x 1011
Grab and Go Food Items: COVID-19

Grab and Go Food Bags:

Grab and Go breakfast and lunch items will be available for students whose parents have filled a request survey. If you have completed the survey you will automatically be registered to receive Grab and Go Bags for the immediate future. Please know that the survey must be completed the Friday prior to pick up. Prebagged breakfast and lunch items will be available for pick up at Firelands Elementary School on July 14th and July 28th between 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Bags will contain food for multiple days.

Pick up of the Grab and Go items will be organized the same as child pick up at the elementary school. Cars enter the Firelands High School parking lot and will pass by the main doors. They will then proceed toward the bus garage.


New pick up procedure for Grab & Go meals:

=         Stay on the outside of the orange cones, further away from the building

=         Stop at the kitchen door and let them know the names of your child/children

=         Pull forward beyond the double doors

=         Your meals will be placed on the ground to avoid contaminating a surface

=         Once the food has been placed and the food runner is away from the area, you may exit your vehicle and load your bags

=         We appreciate your understanding as we must protect us all

Please understand that we are unable to provide any substitutions within these Grab and Go Bags. We are not able to monitor allergies or intolerances. In addition, bags will not be available during Spring Break.

Online Meal Application

Online Meal Application Link

Online meal application / Preferred Method - Click Here
An updated application must be filled out every school year. If your child received assistance the previous year, that same status will roll over until September 30th or until a new applicaiton is received prior to this date. If a new application is not received by September 30, the meal status will automatically change to denied.  
You may apply anytime throughout the school year.   If a change in household income or family dynamics change, please apply. 

Firelands Schools has implemented an online portal for meal assistance. Parent / Guardian can quickly and easily fill out free and reduced meal applications in a secure, step-by-step portal. You may apply any time after July 1. The instructions are listed here. You will need the student I.D. to register (same student number as PowerSchool). Click registeràSelect parentàEnter your first and last name along with a password you createà Complete the required informationà Click finishà It will take you back to the Log-in screenà You can now complete the necessary information to complete the application process.

Paper applications will be available in each school office or can be printed from the Food Service tab

Step by Step Instructions - Click Here


Online Payment Processing Vendor


PaySchools Central has an upgrade coming March 18th! This is the site used for online payments as well as the online meal application.  Click on the link below to see the completely and reimagined user interface.

Go to PaySchools Central to make online payments to your child's meal account for breakfast and lunch. This same site is used for the online meal application as well.  
If you need any assistance, contact PaySchools at 877-393-6628 
Need help with the transition? Please click here for easy to follow directions. 
Food Service Forms
Food Assistance

Information for food assistance in Lorain/Erie counties

Lorain County Job & Family Services -Ohio Direction Card 
Lorain County food pantries - Faith Based
Greater Lorain County - United Way
Lorain County Office on Aging - Emergency Pantries 
Lorain and Erie Counties Second Harvest Food Bank help - Second Harvest Partner by location 
South Amherst United Methodist Church: 24 hour emergency pantry: (440) 986-2461. You must call ahead of time. 
Summer months:
Click on this link to find a phone number for locations where meals are served during the summer months.
Click on this link for an interactive county map to see what areas offer summer meals. Please click on the county that you live in.
Click on this link for a Summer Food Service Clickable Map and Summer food Service Program Locations
If you have school-aged student(s) in need of breakfast and/or lunch this summer, simply call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (486479). 

Meal Assistance
An updated meal application must be filled out every school year.  For those that don't return an updated form at the beginning of the year, your child's meal status will change to denied 30 days after the start of school. Meal assistance applications can be submitted anytime throughout the school year. Only 1 application needed per household. 
All applications are processed the first week of school and notification are mailed to households.  If you are unsure if your child qualified please contact Judy Baumann 440-965-5821 ext 1011.
Direct Certification is run several times throughout the year.  Any student qualifying for free meals through Direct Certification (a list received from the State) will receive a notification letter.  This letter, in bold letters at the top will read "NOTIFICATION FOR FREE MEALS". Please take time to read this letter as it contains important information. If you receive this letter at the start of the school year, you DO NOT need to fill out a meal application.
School fees are not automatically waived if your child qualifies for free meals.  YOU MUST return the bottom portion of the direct cert letter or mark the appropriate box on the meal application.  
Parent Links

Charge Policy for School Meals

Charge procedure for all schools: Click here
Subs Needed

The Food Service Department of the Firelands Local School District is currently seeking Substitute Kitchen help. 

This is not a contracted position.  Once you complete the proper paper work your name is put on a list for subbing in the kitchens. You will be called on an as needed basis.
All interested individuals will need to complete an Employment Application and pass a Criminal Background Check, before being placed on the Substitute Calling List.
Save the application to your computer and email to Mrs. Sue Schaefer.
Please call the Board Office at 440-965-5821 for more information.
Cafeteria News

Just a few of our fresh offerings


Students enjoying some fresh apples from Quarry Hill Orchards. Brooke Gammie talked about Farm to School and sampled a couple varieties of apples with the students.

Some of the new and exciting items we are offering. 
We are part of a program where we get some wonderful
fresh produce.  Our students are served fresh romaine salads,
bananas,  baby carrots and local grown apples to name a few.

What Makes A Meal / 5 Components

What Makes A Meal

1.Meat/Meat Alternate (yogurt or cheese)


SAMS and FES: Breakfast in the classroom. Breakfast is served at all 3 schools for any student interested.  If your child qualifies for meal assistance they can get breakfast for .30 or free depending on meal status. Breakfast is served as soon as students get off the bus.  Elementary and Middle school students pick up a breakfast and take it back to their classroom.
NEW THIS YEAR: SAMS students**Breakfast in the classroom**
Meal Prices


FHS - $2.95
SAMS - $2.85 
FES - $2.65
Reduced - .40 
Milk - .50 


All schools - $1.50
Reduced -.30
Milk -.50 
Lunch main dish - $2.35
Breakfast main dish -  $1.25 
**Each school offers a variety of alacart items.  

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