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Firelands Food Service
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
Food Service News

Free Meals

Food Supply Chain Shortages

Nationwide food supply chain shortages due to issues with labor, transportation, and raw materials continue to affect breakfast and lunch menus. For example, there are long term shortages for bread, bottles for drinks ( like Gatorade), eggs, condiment packets, and much more.  These shortages may force us to make substitutions at short notice.

If you have concerns about your child’s meals, you can call Judy Baumann, Food Service Director, at  440-965-5821 ext. 1011, or the head cook at your child’s building.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

All meals (including breakfast and lunch) will continue to be free for all Firelands students regardless of need during the 2021-2022 school year.

Our Food Service department is self-supporting. For every breakfast and lunch distributed, the Food Service department will receive federal reimbursements, which supports the department.
For online menus visit www.myschoolmenus.com. Menus can be filtered for allergens and/or nutritionals. They can also be printed.  Apps are also available for myschoolmenus.
Packers are eligible for free items as well.  Add to your packed lunch by selecting 3 items.  (example - milk, fruit, vegetable or main dish, milk and fruit or vegetable)
FES students will eat in their classrooms due to increased enrollment . K-2 students will be served.  3-5 students will walk to the kitchen to get lunch, then take their meals to their classroom.  Breakfast is picked up in the gym and taken back to their homeroom. 
SAMS and FHS students will continue to eat in the cafeteria.
If you are in need of school fees being waived an online meal application must be completed and you must be approved using your income or assistance received as a guide. Go to www.payschoolscentral.com for the online application.
If you have any questions please contact Judy Baumann, Food Service Director at 440-965-5821 ext. 1011 or [email protected]

Online Meal Application
Although school meals are available at NO COST to all students this year, completing an application MAY qualify your child for instructional school fees to be waived if approved for free based off the approved application.  

An application is only needed this year if you would like to potentially have school fees waived.  

Online meal application / Preferred Method - Click Here

Paper copy of meal application - 21-22 Application with Fee Waiver updated.pdf

Paper applications can be returned to the building secretaries or mailed to:
  Firelands Board of Education
  Attn: Mrs. Baumann
  112 North Lake St.
  South Amherst, OH  44001

Step by Step Instructions - Click Here


Online Payment Processing Vendor

 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 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.

Meal Prices

First Breakfast K-12------NO COST

First Lunch K-12-------NO COST

There is an additional cost for all A la carte items.  This includes all snacks, beverages, extra milk and second breakfast or lunch. 

FHS Second Lunch------ $2.95
SAMS Second Lunch------$2.85 
FES Second Lunch------ $2.65
Second breakfast-----$1.60
Milk ------ .50 

Adult breakfast-$1.85-----Adult lunch-$3.60

**Each school offers a variety of alacart items.  


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