FAQs for Staff Meals at Bexley City Schools
Staff and students have the same access to the food. There are no ‘staff only’ items.
How do I get an ID number? Email [email protected] and she will email you an ID number.
What’s the Cost? A staff meal is $4.95. Middle and High School student meals are $3.95. Yes, their meals are subsidized about a dollar in federal money. That’s why there is a difference.
How to pay? We take cash or checks at the register, but no credit cards. We encourage you to get an ID to rest money on your account- to have a positive balance- it is quicker to get you through the line than handling cash for every transaction. You can use cash or checks at the registers. To use a credit card: go to www.payschoolscentral.com to put money on your account.
Can I carry a negative balance? No. That’s not a good way to do business, but we won’t let you starve. If you find yourself without lunch and no cash or checks we’ll spot you for the day.
What is a Meal? A meal consists of milk, a grain, a meat or meat alternative (cheese, tofu, legumes), 2 vegetables and 2 fruits. We encourage you to maximize your purchase. Most entrees cost $2.65 and most sides cost $1.00 when purchased a la carte. When you select 2 or more sides with an entrée we’ll charge you the price of a meal, $4.50, not $4.65, so optimize and grab a fruit for later and take the milk if you’ll drink it. Alternatively, don’t take what you won’t eat. That is the number one rule of reducing food waste. Reducing food waste is why we offer many options.
What are the fruit and vegetable sides? Fresh whole fruit, daily cut fruit, applesauce, peach or pear cups, a small salad or the daily vegetable. At the Cassingham Complex you may find additional offerings like soup or different salads. A combination of any of 4 of these can be added to an entrée and milk to make a lunch. For students they are required to take at least one, but may take up to four.
What is www.PaySchoolsCentral.com? It’s the hub of activity for information about your account. Once registered you can set up low balance reminders, pay on-line with a credit card, create a scannable ID, and see account activity. There is a fee to pay on-line, but otherwise it is free to use.
Pro tip: Bring salt from home.
Specific to Cassingham Complex (not Montrose and Maryland):
Can items in the cold case be an entrée? Yes. You may find sandwiches, and big salads, hummus and parfaits. All of these can be part of a $4.95 lunch. Please ask anyone working in the department what you can add to optimize your meal. .
When are the service hours? 10:45-12:45. At other schools check with the office for times.
Really, how do I navigate the line? Enter the lunch line at the “enter” doors, “Lions” or “Cubs”. You can ask a student to let you in front of them. They will let you. :) Grab a milk, any fruit, and tell the server which items you’d like. The soup is on the ledge, the salads are in the black, cold case cooler. There are drinks in the cooler too. When you get to the cashier, tell them your ID or name, or punch it into the pad. If you have money on your account, they will key in the transaction and say good day. If not, have your cash or check ready to pay before you get to them. Condiments are on the other side of the cashier. We have most things, aside from salt.
Other Questions? If you have any questions about our program ask me. I love talking about food service from the Farm Bill to food allergies to monetary literacy for students. Ask me Anything.
Julianna Carvi, Director of Food Service for BCSD
614.231.7611 ext. 4104