Food Service

Last Updated: 9/18/2020 8:10 PM

Free Meals for ALL MVCSC Students

Starting September 18, 2020 

MVCSC is pleased to announce that the USDA has approved a nationwide waiver due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that ALL students can receive FREE meals at school.  The Indiana Department of Education has now given Indiana schools the approval to start this program.  MVCSC will be starting this program effective September 18, 2020.  The USDA waiver states this program is currently in effect “until December 31, 2020 or until funding runs out.” 

The waiver allows schools to backdate to September 1, so MVCSC Food Service will be crediting purchases in student cafeteria accounts for qualified paid and reduced price breakfasts and lunches from September 1-17, 2020. 

Breakfasts and lunches are available for hybrid and virtual students; see details below.

MVCSC is encouraging all students to take advantage of this free meals program; you will be supporting federal funding of the MVCSC Food Service Department with every meal distributed.

STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE 1 FREE BREAKFAST AND 1 FREE LUNCH PER SCHOOL DAY.

Meals must meet the USDA guidelines and MVCSC has to follow these guidelines in order for meals to be free. The USDA wants all meals that are funded by the government to meet certain nutrition requirements.  A school cannot be reimbursed by the USDA for parts of a meal, the meal must be a complete meal.

Virtual Students Pre-Order Food HereHigh/Middle School- All meals must contain at least 3 components, one must be a fruit or vegetable.  As always, we will ensure that all students who purchase an entrée will have the minimum choices necessary to be able to qualify as a free meal.  For example, if a student chooses a sandwich entrée, they will be asked to also choose a fruit or vegetable in addition to make it a full meal. Students are allowed to get both a fruit and vegetable (up to 2 each) at no charge, and milk is optional. 

Elementary/Preschool – All meal items are placed on the tray for all students and qualify as a complete meal.

A  La Carte Items - These items will still be an additional charge and include: extra entrees, milk (all schools) and snacks/drinks (High/Middle School). Menus can be found on our website under the food service/menu page.

Virtual Students - MVCSC will offer weekly distribution of pre-ordered meals for virtual students ONLY on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, door #7, but you MUST pre-order. The link to pre-order meals will be active Friday, September 18 after 7 p.m.  Virtual students may receive 5 free breakfasts and 5 free lunches every week. Virtual distribution will begin on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Only the student or their parent/guardian are allowed to pick up the meals.

Hybrid Students Pre-Order FoodHybrid Students – MVCSC will offer bi-weekly distribution of pre-ordered meals for hybrid students ONLY on Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, door #7, but you MUST pre-order. The link to pre-order meals will be active Friday, September 18 after 7 p.m.  Hybrid students may receive 5 free breakfasts and 5 free lunches every other week. Hybrid distribution will begin on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Only the student or their parent/guardian are allowed to pick up the meals.

Meal Assistance for the 2020-2021 School Year: After July 15, 2020, any family wishing to apply for meal assistance may do so by logging into Skyward Family Access, opening the Food Service tab and clicking on Applications. Students eligible for free or reduced lunch assistance may also qualify for textbook rental/student fee assistance. Watch for “Textbook Rental Assistance” option in the online application.

Food Service FAQ's


Gleaners/MVCSC Meal Box Program: 

Those in need can drive through Mt. Vernon High School, door #7 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., and receive a box of food with nonperishable food, meats, vegetables and more. No voucher is needed.

  • September 3, 2020
  • October 1, 2020
  • November 5, 2020
  • December 3, 2020
  • January 7, 2021
  • February 4, 2021
  • March 4, 2021
  • April 1, 2021
  • May 6,2021

There are several local food pantries to assist you. See the Gleaners/MVCSC Food Pantry webpage and scroll to the bottom to see a list of food pantries.