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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: 440-965-4255 x 3097

Food Service News

Meal Assistance Information
New for 2023-2024 school year is the Direct Certification process for Free or Reduced -price meals using Medicaid information.  The Ohio State Department of Education (ODE) has been approved to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Demonstration Project to Evaluate Direct Certification with Medicaid. Each student identified on a letter that may have been mailed to your home or will be mailed, is automatically approved for the meal status listed on the letter.
If your children are eligible for reduced-price benefits, your total household income and household size may make your children eligible for free benefits. Therefore, you may wish to submit a meal application.
The Biennial budget has allowed students that qualify for Reduced meals to receive them at no cost to the family.  Each district will be reimbursed by the State the .70 cent cost that your child / children would normally pay.  Instructional fees must still be paid if approved for Reduced meals.  
If you receive a Direct Certification letter, please sign, and return the letter for instructional fees to be waived for Free students only. Your child's meal status is listed in the Primary Beneficiary section on the letter.
Any questions; Contact Judy Baumann, Food Service Director 440-965-4255 ext 3097

Reduced Meals Now Free
Students that qualify for reduced meals will now be free for this year and possibly next. The state of Ohio biennial budget includes funding t cover the cost of meals for students qualifying for reduced price meals. The .30 cost for breakfast and .40 cost for lunch will be covered by the State of Ohio. This starts on the first day of the 23-24 school year and includes those students that qualified last year for reduced price meals. 

Updated Meal Application Needed
An updated meal application must be submitted every year. The online portal is now open to accept new applications. Paper applications are also available in the offices.  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 3097.  Meal applications are monitored and looked over for accuracy.  A verification process takes place mid October for any questionable applications.  


Complete the following account reimbursement survey at the end of the year if you have a senior that is graduating. If a balance refund is not requested, the money will be moved to a sibling's account. If no sibling, it will be transferred to our donation account to help others in need. 


All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals.

For more information call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (486479).

Click on this link to find a phone number for locations where meals are served during the summer months.
Click on this link for a Summer Food Service Clickable Map and Summer food Service Program Locations


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 a la carte prices.  

Firelands Food Service

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 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 . All FES students will walk to the kitchen to get lunch, then take their meals to their classroom.  Breakfast is also picked up in the gym and taken back to their homeroom.  FMS and FHS students will eat in the cafeteria.
If you have any questions please contact Judy Baumann, Food Service Director at 440-965-5821 ext. 3097 or [email protected]

Online Meal Application & Meal Assistance

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 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

Applications Must Be Filled Out Each Year
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.  


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. 

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.

Required Legal Posting

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
     (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
     [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Meal Prices


Breakfast K -12:  $1.75

Lunch K - 5:  $2.90

Lunch 6 -12:  $3.20

Milk: .50

Breakfast: $2.25
Lunch: $4.50

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 a la cart items.  


Enter the District name, school and choose menu.


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