The Pine Bush Central School District is encouraging any of its families affected by the federal government shutdown to apply for reduced-price meals through the National School Meal Program.
Anytime household income decreases, families may apply for the reduced school meals. If approved, that approval lasts through the end of the school year, giving families time to get back on their feet financially, if needed.
“We are trying to make sure that any family that’s been affected knows this important information which may ease their financial burden, even just a little bit,” said Tim Mains, superintendent of Pine Bush Schools. “In any family where one of the wage earners is impacted by the federal shutdown, that wage earner now has a salary of $0. This dramatic change will certainly impact a family’s eligibility for reduced meal costs at school.”
Applications for reduced-price meals may be made online at www.myschoolsapps.com or with a paper application sent to the high school. Applications are available in both English and Spanish on the Pine Bush Central School District website.
“Our students’ nutrition should not be affected by this shutdown or any other financial setback,” Mains said. “Students can get two healthy, nutritious meals every school day in our cafeterias.”
Anyone requiring assistance should call the School Nutrition Department at 845-744-2031, ext. 2809. All information is strictly confidential, whether talking to members of the department or submitting an application online or at the school.