Deer Lakes

School District

Food Services

Deer Lakes FREE Meals

  As of May 1st, 2021, Deer Lakes enrolled students will be receiving FREE reimbursable meals (breakfast and lunch) until JULY 30TH, 2022.  Ala Carte purchases and extra item purchases WILL NOT be reimbursed on a students account. Please see the infographic below for an explanation of what the USDA classifies as a MINIMUM  "free reimbursable meal". We strongly encourage all students and families to participate in this program.

Should you have any questions or comments, please reach out via email to [email protected]

Free and Reduced Application:

SchoolCafe provides an easy, convenient and confidential application for free and reduced meals. Click on the attached link to apply online. You may apply for the new school year beginning on July 1.  For a paper application, please call the Food Service Department.

Attached below is the annual letter for Free and Reduced Meals. Many eligible families never take advantage of this federal program. Also, please know that you may apply at any time, as situations can and do change.  Finally, the entire process is completely confidential.

About the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or no-cost lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1946.

About 7.1 million children participated in the NSLP in its first year. Since then, the program has reached millions of children nationwide: 1970: 22.4 million children; 1980: 26.6 million children; 1990: 21.1 million children; 2000: 27.3 million children; 2010: 31.8 million children; and 2016: 30.4 million children.

NSLP Fact Sheet

Downloadable Menus

Contact Food Services:

Jacob Douglas

Jacob Douglas
Director of Food Service

163 East Union Road
Cheswick, PA 15024
Phone: 724.265.5300 Ext. 2114
Fax: 724.265.3970
Email:  [email protected]

Christine A. Girty
Secretary, Food Services
Phone: 724.265.5300 Ext. 1254
Email: [email protected]


Deer Lake School District families are encouraged to utilize SchoolCafe - a FREE tool to manage their children's meal accounts. SchoolCafe is available online and as an app from the AppStore and Google Play.

  • access your child's purchase history
  • monitor account balances
  • receive low balance alerts
  • make online payments
  • set up automatic payments any time your student's account falls below your pre-determined limit

Please note that there is a small convenience fee for online payments. To avoid the convenience fee, families can make meal payments via check (Deer Lakes Food Service) or cash at any time. Payments can be dropped off in the respective school office. Be sure to place payment in an envelope clearly marked “Deer Lakes Food Service ” with the child’s name, amount and parent contact information in the event of any questions. If the payment is for more than one student, indicate how the money should be split (for example, Johnny = $10.00 and Sally=$15.00). Payment can be made in any amount to best suit a family’s budget.

To create your SchoolCafe account, you will need your child's Student ID #. For assistance with Student ID #s, please contact your child's school office.