Free, reduced lunch forms available online

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By Kayla Swanson

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - To make the mound of back to school paperwork a little smaller for parents, Bullitt County Public Schools Food Services has moved the free and reduced meal benefits application online this year. 

“Having the online application is easier for parents,” new food services director Angela Voyles said. 

Parents can access the application, as well as information about the free and reduced lunch program, via the food services page on the BCPS website

The online application asks the same questions as the paper application, but there are a few extra benefits to applying online, Voyles said. 

For example, if a parent doesnít fill out a part of the application they will be alerted of the part they missed and be able to fill it out before submitting the application.

If a parent misses a part on the paper application, the food services department has to notify the parent before processing the application and that makes the process longer, Voyles said. 

The online application can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and takes about five minutes to complete. Voyles said the time it takes to process the online application is significantly shorter than the time it takes for a paper application. 

The paper application will still be available, Voyles said, and parents can get one at their child’s school. 

Another online program BCPS Food Services offers is My School Bucks, which is in its third year. 

Elementary school program assistant and summer program coordinator Stephanie Norris said My School Bucks allows parents to create an account at myschoolbucks.com and put money in and track their child’s lunch account. 

Norris said charges to lunch accounts have dropped significantly as a result of the program and that BCPS generates about $50,000 a month from parents paying or putting money into their children’s accounts online. 

If parents have questions about either program, they can call the Food Services Department at the BCPS Board of Education.