Food Service Department

Food Service Director: Alan Donnelly
Phone: 724-274-2105
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Summer Food and Fun Information:

Summer Food


The Allegheny Valley School District follows the guidelines of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for the state of Pennsylvania. It has been proven that eating breakfast and lunch regularly can benefit the student and the school. The student is more alert and less fatigued and has a better chance to do well in school. Therefore, breakfast is served before the beginning of each school day, and lunch is served daily. In addition, the purpose of the school lunch program is to provide a well-balanced, nutritious mid-day meal. Through these experiences, students are also exposed to aspects of responsible planning and money management. Students are not dismissed for lunch periods.

Nutrition in the Schools
According to the guidelines noted in the District’s Wellness Policy, parents are asked not to bring meals from fast-food establishments into the buildings. In addition, on occasions when students bring food into the buildings for classroom activities, parents should ask the teacher about the food allergies of any student in the class. Parents/students are asked to pay careful attention to allergy requirements and to provide nutritious items for all students. Ideas for healthy snacks are listed in a document from the USDA.

Community Eligibility Program (CEP)

The Allegheny Valley School District has implemented the Community Eligibility Program (CEP).  The CEP provides all students with access to FREE nutritional breakfast and lunch meals.  No action is required by families.  All meals will meet federal and state nutritional guidelines.  Students who wish to purchase a second entree, a snack or beverage option, or just milk must pay for these selections.  The CEP program does not include A'la carte items. 

CEP Flier

Information on State of Pennsylvania benefits may be found at COMPASS is an online site for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs including: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – SNAP (food stamps), Medical Assistance, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Child’s Care Works Program. Please contact the Food Service Department at 724-274-2105 with any questions.

2023-2024 Allegheny Valley Letter to Households


Food Service Prepayments:
Prepayments to the cafeteria for student a la carte items are encouraged to help service efficiency. Parents should send a check or money order, made out to “AVSD Cafeteria Fund,” to school with their child so that no delay in processing occurs. Prepayments may be delivered to the Principal’s Office or any of the building cafeterias.

Breakfast and lunch at school offer all kids a convenient, economical, and healthy alternative for their school-day nutrition. Why not save yourself some aggravation and take advantage of this great service every day?

On-line Cafeteria Payments:

We’re excited to introduce PaySchools Central, the district’s new online portal for school lunch account payments. PaySchools Central provides all parents with an easy way to fund school accounts online or with a convenient mobile app. Visit the link below to learn more and set up your account:

Simply visit the PaySchools Central website and click on the PaySchools Central button to visit the portal, where you can create your account. Creating a PaySchools Central account is easy, quick and free. Simply add your child to the system using their student ID number and other basic information. Next, the system will take you through a step-by-step registration process. Once your account is created, you will find a variety of features for managing your child’s cafeteria account.


Additional Information:

Food Service Department General Information, School Year 2023-2024

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PaySchools Centrals:  Online Payment System                               
Q & A School Breakfast Program           
Q & A National School Lunch Program            
Q & A Snacks in School
Unpaid Meal Charge and Debt Collection Procedure

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement: Food and Nutrition Services 

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color,  national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: from any USDA office, by calling 866-632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA.  The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description on the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.  The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. fax:
833-256-1665 or 202-690-7442; or
3. email:
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.