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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter 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;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Breakfast is served daily from 7am- 8:30am. Regular priced breakfast is $2.25 and reduced price is $0.30.


Lunch is served daily for $3.50. Reduced price lunch is $0.40.

Adult/Staff: $4.25.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Parents Guide to Free and Reduced Lunch

Welcome to our Cafeteria!

​My name is Melanie Romano and I am the School Nutrition Administrator here at Mallard Creek STEM Academy.  I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to our school and share some information regarding our wonderful cafeteria program.

​Did you know that we offer breakfast at school every day from 7-8:30 am? The cost for regular priced breakfast is $2.25 per day (.30 for reduced). Breakfast includes milk and juice or fruit and choice of breakfast entrée. Breakfast menus will be available on our school website every month.

​Pricing for school lunch is $3.50 per day (.40 for reduced). Lunch service includes choice of entrée, fruit, vegetables, grain, juice, and milk.  We offer hot entrée & vegetable items. Lunch menus will be available on our school website every month.

​If your child has a medical condition which requires special consideration, please contact  me at 980-288-4811, or by Email

This year we are using the Lunchtime software to house student’s meal accounts.  Here you will be able to pre-order meals for the week, add money to your student’s accounts, keep track of your child’s purchasing history.

​There will be a link available along with a setup guide on the school webpage to set up your students lunch accounts. Payments for your child’s lunch account can be made online with a debit/credit card at http://www.schoolpaymentportal.com

Melanie Romano
Nutrition Administrator

Cafe FAQ’s

Q: What should I do if I think I qualify for free or reduced lunch?

A: Contact School Office @ 980-488-2811 and request an application, we can send one home with your student or place one in the mail for you, or email Melanie Romano, School Nutrition, at mromano@educaresolutions.us to request an application

Q: Does my last year’s application still apply for this school year?

A: Your students Classification from last year for Free/Reduced breakfast & lunch will carry over for 30 days from the first day of school.  PLEASE TAKE NOTE: a new application must be completed and returned before the 30 day carry-over expires.

Q: What happened to my balance from last year?

A: All student accounts that have a positive balance, your money will (Roll-Over) and be available on their accounts.

Q: Can I just send my child with cash or check each week?

A: MCSA prefers that all Monies for breakfast and lunch are pre-paid online.

Q: Am I able to see and pre-order my child’s lunch?

A: Monthly Menus will be posted on ParentSquare for breakfast/lunch, once student accounts are setup Lunchtime School Payment Portal; money should be added to their accounts.   Parents/Guardians can decide which days your student will eat lunch from the Cafe’ or bring their lunch from home.

Q: What happens if my child forgets their lunch?

A: If a student forgets their lunch, the parent(s) should be sure to inform their teacher or front office so they are counted in the lunch totals for the day, no later than 9:00 am. Please be aware that parents/guardians are responsible to cover the cost of the meal.

Q: If I have a negative balance, will my child still be able to get lunch from the cafeteria?

A: Your student will need to bring lunch from home until negative balance has been paid.  If a family hardship has occurred and there is a need for financial assistance to help cover the costs of school meals, please contact the School Nutrition Administrator at mromano@educaresolutions.us to request a free and reduced application.

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