Food Services

We recognize that nutrition impacts classroom performance, so we have designed our menus and food preparation to provide excellent nutrition and teach health and wellness. We prepare our lunch menus to provide both appeal and proper nutrition. The variety of our menus ensures that our students get all of the necessary nutrients and other substances associated with good health, clear thinking, and a balanced diet. We teach the importance of nutritious meals while encouraging good eating habits. We also encourage parents to help their children eat healthy, nutritious foods both at school and at home.

Free Meals

Smethport Area School District is offering free breakfast and lunch every day for all students during the 2021–2022 school year. Please see our free breakfast and lunch flyer for additional details.

Update to Meal Service Program

The Smethport Area School District is now operating under the Summer Food Service Program to offer free meals to students of the district and community members who do not attend Smethport Schools that are 18 years of age and under.

  • Students are eligible in several different scenarios when not attending in-person classes
    • Homeschooled students, charter school students, or any student 18 years of age and younger who does not attend the district
    • Any student that is attending Smethport Schools virtual learning program
    • Any student subject to quarantine or contact tracing are also eligible on days they do not attend in-person classes
  • Several ways to receive free meals
    (Please contact Erica Zeigler at (814) 887-5545 to make arrangements).
    • We will disburse meals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the back circle of the high school (gym entrance). Mondays meals will contain two breakfasts and two lunches and Wednesdays meals will contain three breakfasts and three lunches.
    • We can disburse meals off at a bus stop in your area.
    • If a student is subject to quarantine or contact tracing does not come to the school to receive meals, please contact Erica Zeigler at (814) 887-5545 to make other arrangements.
  • Students attending in-person classes
    • You will not do anything further if your student is attending classes in person, and students will continue to receive free meals. Students attending in-person classes are not eligible as they receive free meals during the school day.

Due to program guidelines, if the student is not present only a parent or legal guardian can pick up the meals and we may ask for identification at the time of pickup. Smethport Schools plan to feed all students in the community along with all students attending summer programs for free during the summer months under this program. We will disburse more information regarding the summer meal service as soon as possible.

SASD Wellness Policy Assessment

During the 2018–2019 school year, the Smethport Area School District Safety, Security, and Wellness Committee completed an assessment of the SASD's Wellness Policy #246. An assessment of the district's wellness policy is required every three years. Please view the completed assessment tool and report template for more information. After completion of the assessment, the board approved the revision/renewal of SASD Policy #246 School Wellness, on May 13, 2019. Please see policy #246.

Nutritional Excellence

All of our school campuses participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to qualifying students. The food and beverages we sell or serve on our campuses meet state and federal requirements, which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We encourage our families to apply for meal benefits by completing a Free and Reduced Meal Application.

We are pleased to provide breakfast at all campuses starting at 7:40 a.m. We believe that a good breakfast is a great start to each child’s day and helps keep young minds focused on learning and not empty tummies!

Please remember, we do not serve breakfast when we're on the two-hour delay schedules.

Payment Options

We use a computerized debit system for all cafeteria purchases. With this system, each student uses a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access their prepaid account and purchase meals and/or extras. Students who receive free and reduced meal benefits also use this system and PIN to allow them to “purchase” meals without being identified.

Parents or guardians manage the money in their student's account by electronically depositing funds via MealPay or sending money to school with their child. Using MealPay requires a small transaction fee of 4.75% to cover credit card processing. We do not accept money through the lunch line. All monies sent with children to school must be deposited in the cafeteria before 10:00 a.m. each school day. Any money left in a child's account at the end of the school year remains with their account for use the next school year.

A la Carte Menu Options
We do not serve a la carte food items in our cafeterias; however, students may purchase extra menu items if funds are available.

We offer sandwich options on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and individual salads on Tuesday and Thursday in place of main entrees.

If parents/guardians do not wish for their child to purchase extra items, please notify our food services director in writing. She will then place a block on the account.