Food Services

Jason McLain
Director of Business Operations



The Food Services department develops the menus and supervises the cooks for each of the district's buildings as well as completes and files the many state and federal reports required.


Meal Prices

Meal Pay

Breakfast Program

Free & Reduced Meal Program

Food Services Department Contact Information

City of Sidney Summer Lunch Program


Meal Prices


Sidney City Schools is pleased to share that the Ohio Department of Education has approved the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) extension for food services. This means all students at Sidney City Schools will receive free breakfast and lunch meals for the entire 2020-2021 school year. 

All students will receive a free regular breakfast and/or lunch. Any additional items, like ala carte items, extra meal items, or extra milk will have to be paid for by the student. 


Any student (in-person or remote) who may qualify for free or reduced meals should still complete the Free/Reduced Meal application at or get a paper copy from their child’s school. The Free/Reduced Meal application is what is used to determine school fee waivers. 


Remote Learning students are also eligible for free meals. The process for this will be as follows:

  • Remote Learning students wanting school meals must get them from the building at which they would attend.
  • Remote Learning students must follow all school guidelines while in the buildings (masks, social distancing, etc).
  • Remote Learning students will get the options of meals we are offering that day. 
  • Any extra food or drink items must be purchased. Students are not permitted to charge extra food items. 
  • All to-go items must be in a container for transport. 
  • Once Remote Learning students get their meals they will immediately exit the buildings.
  • Remote Learning students will not be able to get both breakfast and lunch at the same time - each school will have separate pick up times for each meal as follows:
    • Emerson
      • Breakfast 8:40am to 8:50am
      • Lunch 10:45am to 10:55am
      • Main door (Door #1)
    • Longfellow
      • Breakfast 8:40am to 8:50am
      • Lunch 10:45am to 10:55am
      • Main door (Door #1)
    • Northwood
      • Breakfast 8:40am to 8:50am
      • Lunch 10:45am to 10:55am
      • Door #7
    • SMS
      • Breakfast 7:25am to 7:35am
      • Lunch 10:15am to 10:30am
      • Main front doors (parent drop-off side)
    • SHS
      • Breakfast 7:30am to 7:45am
      • Lunch 11:30am to 12:00pm
      • Main door (Attendance office)


Questions regarding the lunch program can be directed to Jason McLain, Food Services Director at 937-497-2200.

Meal Pay

Our schools use a point-of-sale system in which students are assigned a digital account number and pre-paying is encouraged. You can send cash or a check made payable to the school. Credit card payments can be made through Using the secure site to make your payments and monitor your student's account gives you the assurance of knowing where your money is going. You will need your student’s identification number. If you do not know your student’s identification number you will need to call for this information.


How does the point of sale system work?
Each student has his/her own STUDENT ACCOUNT. Each student will be assigned a 3 or 4 digit PIN number. A student will enter their assigned PIN number when reaching the end of the cafeteria line. This will access the student's account information. Amounts of the meal purchase will then be deducted from the student's account balance. At the end of the transaction, the cashier will be able to tell each student the balance remaining on the account. A student must enter their number before making a purchase; however, a cash sale can always be made.


How is a deposit made?
You can prepay for the week, month, or entire year. A dollar amount to cover meals, as well as available ala carte selections, should be deposited. Checks are accepted for the exact amount of deposit and should be made payable to Sidney City Schools Cafeteria. No change will be given to students from these deposits.


Credit card payments can be made Using the secure site to make your payments and monitor your student's account gives you the assurance of knowing where your money is going. is an easy, secure, and convenient way to pay for lunch. You will need your student’s identification number. If you do not know your student’s identification number you will need to call for this information.


Benefits of using the point of sale system:

  •    Staff and Students receive faster service in check-out lines.
  •    Students will not have to carry money to school each day.
  •    Full-pay, reduced, and Free Meal Status accounts are handled in the same manner.
  •    Make meal payments on the internet using your credit card.


For more information concerning the point-of-sale system contact the Food Services Department at 937-497-2200.

Breakfast Program


A School Breakfast Program is available to all students attending Sidney City Schools. Breakfast is available to students daily before school in each building’s cafeteria. (Please check your child’s building schedule for times.)


The cost for breakfast for students in grades K through 5 is $1.00. For students in grades 6 to 12, the cost is $1.50.


Students who qualify for free or reduced meals are eligible to receive a free breakfast. Breakfast is served daily except on days with a delay.


“The benefits to students who eat breakfast include: an increased attention span, fewer visits to the school nurse, reduced tardiness, increased attendance rate, improved test scores, and classroom behavior,” explained Food Service Director Jason McLain. “It is important to encourage your child to begin every day with breakfast either at home or at school.”

Free & Reduced Meal Program


Sidney City Schools today announced its 2020-2021 program year policy for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.


The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.


Applications for the School’s Free and Reduced-Priced Meal program are distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians who have not been directly certified to receive free school meals. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. A complete application is required. Households that currently receive Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds for a child must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number, and signature of an adult household member on the application. Households that do not receive SNAP or OWF funds must provide the names of all household members, the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult signing the application or state “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security Number, the amount and source of income received by each household member, (state the monthly income) and the signature of an adult household member. If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application. An application can also be submitted online at


FREE HEALTH CARE: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for FREE health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse, and more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found on the web at Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.


The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or another program official. To discourage the possibility of misrepresentation, the application forms contain a statement above the space for signature certifying that all information furnished is true and correct. Applications are being made in connection with the receipt of federal funds. Schools or other officials may check the information on the application at any time during the school year. Deliberate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.


Households will be notified of the approval or denial of benefits.


Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits regardless of the household’s income. If a family has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for such meals or milk for them, contact the school for more information.


Under the provision of the policy, Jason McLain, Director of Food Services, will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian disagrees with the decision on the application or the result of verification, the decision may be discussed with the determining official on an informal basis. If a formal appeal is desired, the household has the right to a fair hearing. A fair hearing can be requested either orally or in writing to: Bob Humble, Superintendent, 750 S. Fourth Ave., Sidney, Ohio 45365, 937-497-2200.


The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.


Households may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If a household is not currently eligible and if the household size increases or income decreases because of unemployment or other reasons, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the family eligible for free or reduced-price benefits if the family income falls at or below the levels shown above.

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Department Contact Information


Jason McLain, Director of Operations & Food Services


Shamara Foy, Food Services Administrative Assistant

Free/Reduced Meal Application


Lunch Menus


Breakfast Menu


For the 2020-2021 school year, school meal prices are as follows:
Grades K-5
Breakfast - $1.00
Lunch - $2.45
Additional Milk - $0.50


Grades 6-12
Breakfast - $1.50
Lunch - $2.70
Milk - $0.50


Breakfast - Free
Lunch - $0.40
Milk - $0.50


Adult (Staff)
Breakfast - $1.75
Lunch - $3.20
Milk - $50