Welcome to the Odyssey Charter Café – here’s what’s cooking this month!

Odyssey Charter School is committed to providing well-balanced meals that contribute to the health and well-being of our students. We believe nutrition influences a student’s development, lifelong health, and potential for learning. The meal program provides lunch and breakfast for all of the grades that we serve (Kindergarten thru 12th grade). The meal program is managed in accordance with the USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast Program (NSLBP), and other policies established by the OCS administration, the Department of Health, and the Delaware Department of Education.

 

Meal Prices
Breakfast
K-11th grade Breakfast $1.85
Reduced Price Breakfast* $.30
Free Breakfast* $.00
Adult Breakfast $3.00
Lunch
K-11th grade Lunch $2.95
Reduced Price Lunch* $.40
Free Lunch* $.00
Adult Lunch $4.00
À-La-Carte Purchases
Pizza** $1.50
Chips $.75
Milk** $.50
Fruit 2o $1.00
Water $1.00
Gatorade $1.50
Ice Drinks $2.00
Snapple $1.50
Fiji Water $2.00
Core Organic drink $2.50

*Based upon Eligibility
** Please make certain there are adequate funds in MySchoolAccount for your child’s à-la-carte purchases

 

Odyssey Charter School Breakfast for K-12th grade
We offer a grab-and-go style breakfast every morning to be eaten in the classroom. The breakfast meals will consist of a typical healthy breakfast food item, 100% fruit and 2% white milk or skim chocolate milk. The breakfast is based on the National School Breakfast program nutritional guidelines. Our monthly menu will be available on our website.

If you do not want your students to purchase breakfast or lunch, an email or letter needs to be sent to Mrs. Kim Wolanski, Food Service Manager, requesting that OCS is not to provide breakfast or lunch to your student(s). OCS will not turn away any student that wishes to purchase a breakfast or lunch, unless there is a note on file from a parent or guardian.

 

Meal Benefit Forms
Every school year families will be offered the opportunity to apply for federal assistance for free or reduced priced meals. Children from families with incomes at or below 130% of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Children from families with incomes between 130% and 185% of the poverty level are eligible for reduced priced meals.
Applications for free and reduced meals are emailed to OCS families prior to the start of the school year. A new meal benefit form must be completed each school year. Please complete one meal benefit form per household using blue or black ink pen. If your student(s) received free or reduced meal benefits last school year, you are still required to submit another meal benefit form for the current school year. View Meal Benefit Application

 

Alternative Meal
Students with an insufficient balance in their accounts will receive a breakfast and or lunch when requested. Parents will receive a notice that food was provided and that payment is due the next school day.

 

Returned Check Policy
Any check returned for insufficient funds, closed accounts, etc. must be settled immediately with the school. The lunches that were ordered with the check in question may be cancelled if settlement is not completed by the first day of the ordering month.

A letter will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) informing them that the school received notice from the bank regarding a returned check and the amount of money due. Payment is required by cash or money order within three business days after the notice is sent.

If multiple checks are returned from one household, the school will not accept a check as payment for any school activity or program from the parent(s)/guardian(s) for a period of up to one year from the date that the obligation is paid. The meal program coordinator will place a notification on the student’s account instructing the office to not accept checks as payment for meals. If a check is given as payment on a blocked account, the check will be returned to the student and they will be reminded that payment must be received in the form of cash or money order.

 

Food Service Account Refund Policy
Parent(s)/guardian(s) must submit all requests for refunds to Ms. Mary Righos. If a student is absent or leaving early, the parent(s)/guardian(s) must notify Mrs. Kim Wolanski 24 hours in advance so that we may cancel the lunch and issue a meal credit. No cash refunds will be issued. All refunds will be in the form of a check from the State Treasurer’s Office.

 

Special Dietary Needs
Please notify Mrs. Kim Wolanski, if your student has a special dietary need. If your student has lactose intolerance, lactose-free milk will be provided. For students with food allergies, a doctor’s note detailing the allergy must be provided to the school on or before the first day of school. The school nurse will require an “Food Allergy Action Plan (FAAP)” from the student’s doctor. If the student will be eating meals purchased from the school, the Department of Education also requires that a “Statement from Special Diet Prescription” form be completed by the student’s doctor before a special diet is provided.

Severe food allergies will be handled by a collaborative effort between the school nurse and the meal program coordinator. Parents will have an opportunity to meet with these professionals to discuss the feeding of their student. Please contact the school nurse to discuss any special accommodations.

 

Communication
In order for the Food Service program to function efficiently and help us produce the necessary number of meals without wasting food, we ask you to please advise the food service program coordinator of your intent to have your child participate in the meal program. Your quick response will be appreciated.

Declining to participate at this time does not mean that you will not be able to participate in the future.

The food service program will be always available to our students.

If you have questions regarding the Food Service Program, please contact:
Kim Wolanski or call 302-516-8000 ext 128
Mary Righos or call 302-516-8000 ext 475


Frequently Asked Questions

The preferred way for you to put money into your child’s lunch account is through the school’s on-line payment system. You may also send in a check in a lunch account envelope.

It can take up to two full business days for online payments to be credited to the student accounts. Students without sufficient funds in the account will not be permitted to purchase breakfast or lunch.

Odyssey Charter School offers families the option to pay for breakfast and/or lunch for their child(ren) with a credit card, debit card or checking account using our on-line payment service. There are no additional fees for using this service. PLEASE NOTE: Payments take 24 hours to process. Students without sufficient funds in the account will not be permitted to purchase breakfast or lunch.
Payments can be made at any time by going to www.odysseycharterschooldel.com and clicking on “Online Payments” under Quick Links.

You will then click on the “Donate or Pay Now” link and complete your payment as follows:

  1. Fill in your Billing information, including your full name and address.
  2. Fill in your Payment information:
    1. Under ‘Purpose of Payment’, please use the drop down menu to select Meal Account Payment.
    2. In ‘Name of Club/Sport/Trip or other Details’ please indicate how much of your payment is to go to each child’s account. You should make ONE total payment for ALL of the accounts that you wish to fund, and tell us how to divide the payment in this field.
  3. Click on “Proceed”
  4. Select method of payment – we accept credit, debit, or ACH payments from your checking account or a corporate account.
  5. Click on “Pay Now”
  6. Complete your payment information, including an email address for your receipt.

Please be sure to complete all required information so that the payments may be properly credited to your student’s account.

Visit www.myschoolaccount.com and click on the green button at the top of the page “Create Account.” It will ask for your child’s school id number, which you will find on their report card. If you do not have this number, please call the front office for help.

You will be able to view all account activity including purchases and balances through the www.myschoolaccount.com system. The system is updated nightly, and will allow you to set up a low balance notification which will send an email notice to you when your child’s account reaches the level you set.

Please note: Because parents would incur additional fees, you are no longer not able to make payments to your child’s cafeteria account through the myschoolaccount.com website. Electronic payments should be made through our on-line payment service available on the school’s website.

Please be sure to monitor your student’s account and deposit sufficient funds into the account for planned purchases. It takes 24 hours for online payments to be credited to the student accounts. Students without sufficient funds in the account will not be permitted to purchase breakfast or lunch.

When your child comes through the line and purchases breakfast/ lunch, the money is deducted from his/her account through the use of a PIN pad and Purchase of Sale (POS) system. Your child’s PIN number is normally their Student ID number.

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