Welcome to the Deer Lakes Food and Nutrition Services Web page! The goal of our food service department is to provide nutritious food that is of optimal quality at a reasonable price. The food service program is operated under the regulations of the federally funded National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that the breakfast and lunch program meet specific nutritional criteria, thus ensuring that your child is provided with the nourishment his or her growing body needs. We are proud to offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and strive to continuously improve our program. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to serving you and your children!
Lindsay Radzvin, MS, RD
Director of Food Service
Deer Lakes School District
19 East Union Road
Cheswick, PA 15024
(724)-265-5300, ext. 5685
Breakfast is served daily from 8:20 am to 8:50 at Curtisville and East Union. Breakfast is also available daily in the middle school and high school from 7:10 to 7:40 am.
** NEW 2014-2015 Lunch Prices
COMPASS provides an easy, convenient and confidential application for free and reduced meals. Click on the link below to apply online. You may apply for the 2014 - 2015 school year beginning on July 1, 2014.
Parents may now access their child's cafeteria balance at any time using www.payforit.net. You will not be assigned a username and password; parents may set up an account at their convenience using their child's account number and full name. Payments may be made 24 hours a day or recurrent payments may also be set up. There is no fee to access your child's account balance or your child's account activity. However, there is a 5.75% convenience fee for online payments; please note that you may continue to pay with cash or check if you wish to avoid this fee. Please see attached document for instructions on how to set up your account, as well as frequently asked questions.
Pay For It Questions(.pdf)
In order for you to better understand daily operations in the DLSD cafeterias, please review the following procedures:
Start the new school year off on the right foot.
Eating a balanced and nutritious diet, coupled with at least 30 minutes of daily activity, will allow your children to perform their best in the classroom. Below are some of the most important tips to impress to your child in order to enhance their ability to learn:
The cafeteria is now using a computerized debit system. This system allows us to provide better service to both students and parents, as well as account for all meals served at Deer Lakes. Each student has been assigned a personal identification number that is confidential and should not be shared with other students. This protects the anonymity of those students receiving free or reduced meals. As long as the student continues to be enrolled at Deer Lakes, the same number will be utilized.
We encourage all students to place advanced payment on their account. This allows the lines to run smoothly, prevents money from being lost and is convenient. Cash or checks will be accepted for deposits. Checks should have the student's name and meal account number noted and should be made payable to Deer Lakes Cafeteria Fund. Payments can be made for any amount of money. An account balance cannot be shared by different children in the same household.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has issued a mandate for all school districts to adopt a wellness policy. This law is part of President Bush's Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2004. It was enacted on July 1, 2006 to address ongoing concerns about childhood obesity. Numerous studies have suggested a direct relationship between children's wellness and performance in the classroom, along with a myriad of other activities.
Deer Lakes School District supports the promotion of a healthy environment for students through classroom education and the types of foods children eat during the school day. Please read the following suggestions and assist us in instilling healthy habits into children. This can be accomplished by adhering to the treat choices indicated below:
Healthy Snack And Party Food Choices
Beginning in the 2007 - 2008 school year, non-healthy snack items will be prohibited in the classrooms at Curtisville Primary School. This would include such items as cupcakes, cookies, candy, cakes, pies, fast food items, donuts and any other high sugar, high calorie food items. Birthday celebration and holiday party food items must be selected from the healthy food item list provided above.
Ice cream order form (.pdf) - All treats on this list are in compliance with the new Wellness Policy Guidelines for classroom parties. (UPDATED)
For additional questions or information, please contact:
Lindsay Radzvin, MS, RD
Director of Food Service
(724)-265-5300 ext. 5685
Check out this website for more information about free summer meals for children offered in our area: