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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 Supervisor
Office: 440-965-5821 x 1011
Food Service News

2022-2023 School year will return back to operating as we did pre-covid.  A reimbursable meal is offered daily.  We encourage students to take all 5 components that are offered to give your child a balanced meal as well as save you money.  A 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable is required to be on a tray to count as a type A reimbursable meal.  If your child chooses not to take the required fruit or vegetable, they will be charged alacart prices.  


We encourage you to complete an online meal application at www.payschoolscentral.com.  If your child/children are approved, the meal status goes into effect immediately.  Please reach out to Mrs. Baumann if you have any questions 440-965-5821 ext 1011.  Meal applications are monitored and looked over for accuracy.  A verification process takes place mid October for any questionable applications.  


If you received a Direct Certification letter, please sign and return the letter to Mrs. Baumann or your child's school office.  This is the process to waive the school fees.  If you receive a Direct Certification letter, do not complete a meal application, your child is already approved for free meals. 


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.  This will continue into the 2022-2023 school year. 

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.

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.  Download the free My School Menu app and the Firelands Local Schools free app. 
FES students will eat in their classrooms due to increased enrollment . K-1 students will be served.  2-5 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. 
FMS and FHS students will 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
Free meals for all students have expired.  
We encourage families to apply to see if your child / children would qualify for meal assistance. Go to www.payschoolscentral.com to complete the online meal application and this site is used for online payments as well.  Be sure to checkmark the Fee Waiver box to potentially waive fees if approved for free meals. 

Online meal application / Preferred Method - Click Here

Paper copy of meal application - Can be picked up at the BOE or school office 

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)


Breakfast in the classroom. Breakfast is served to 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. FES  students pick up a breakfast and take it back to their classroom while FMS and FHS students eat breakfast in the cafeteria.

Meal Prices


Breakfast K -12------$1.75

Lunch K - 5-------$2.90

Lunch 6 -12------$3.20

Milk - .50

Breakfast $

Lunch $

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

**Each school offers a variety of alacart items.  


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