Department OverviewThe Republic School Food Service Department is committed to serving healthy, nutritious breakfasts and lunches to our students and faculty. The department's 30 plus full and part-time staff serve over 900 breakfasts and 2,500 lunches each school day.
P-EBT Program--Approved & Ready for Families
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits (review the P-EBT Eligibility Criteria document below).
The benefit is placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card families use to buy food. If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, do not apply for these new/additional benefits. The full $302 will automatically be loaded to your existing EBT card. If you did not receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020 (see below).
The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at EmergencyMealSurvey.com/MO. You will also likely experience a faster approval process. If you’re not able to apply online, you can follow the link below to the paper application. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). You will find complete instructions and additional details in the letter to families below.
Please review these important documents carefully:
- P-EBT Letter to Families
- P-EBT Eligibility Criteria
- P-EBT Online Application
- P-EBT Paper Application (hard copy to fill out and email or mail to DESE if you’re not able to submit the application online)
- P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions
To request a paper application be mailed to you, please contact our Food and Nutrition Services office at 417-735-3753. Please do not send completed applications to your school; see the letter to families above for application submission information.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating they are approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit: mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt.
Free & Reduced Meal Benefits
Students in our district who qualified for meal benefits at the end of last school year may use those same benefits for the first 30 days of this school year or until a new application is processed, whichever comes first. All information is strictly confidential and confined to only those who need to know. All students, regardless of meal status, go through the meal lines the same way and have access to the same meals.
Students qualifying for free meals may get one breakfast and one lunch at no charge each school day. Students qualifying for reduced meals may get one breakfast at no charge and one lunch for only $.40 each school day. Additional items or extra milk or extra juice is regular price for everyone.
A current meal application may be completed any time during the school year. If your family did not qualify at the beginning of school and income drops or household size increases, please complete a current application as you may now qualify. Example: decreased work hours such as layoffs, birth of another child, or other people move in with you.
During the first two weeks of school applications may take up to 10 days after receipt to process. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or need assistance completing an application, please contact the Food Service Office at 735-3753 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Online Meal Payment Option through Parent PortalThrough the SISK12 Parent Portal families have the option to make online meal payments through a secure system, ConnexPoint. Like other online payment systems a processing fee is applicable. ConnexPoint charges a 3.99% processing fee for transactions. To make an online meal payment simply login to the SISK12 Parent Portal, select the Meal Service Balance icon and follow the prompts.As a reminder, to find the Parent Portal simply visit republicschools.org and click on the "Parent Portal" icon. This can also be accessed through the district's free mobile app. As a reminder, to login use the email address you have provided to the district and enter the password you have created. If you’ve forgotten it, simply click on the “forgot password” button and follow the prompts. The Parent Portal is the same system used for back to school registration forms and to view student information like grades and attendance.
Contact InformationCarrie Vasquez, DirectorFood Services DepartmentLindsey Rockhill, Administrative AssistantFood Services DepartmentFood Service Office636 N. MainRepublic, MO 65738P: 417.735.3753F: 417.735.3745Office Hours7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.