Bergen Arts & Science Charter School

Lunch Information for 2018-2019

Welcome to another year at Bergen: ASCS.  Below are the most commonly asked questions regarding our breakfast and lunch program:

To apply online or add funds to your child’s account, please go to

Click here for the Paper  Based Application and return to your child’s school secretary.

Q: Who is our lunch service provider for each school?

A: Maschio’s Food Services has been our lunch service provider since September 2007, when Bergen-ASCS first opened its doors in addition to all of our schools that are currently open.

Q: Where can I find information on Maschio’s Food Services?

A: You can find information on Maschio’s at

Q: Who can I contact at Maschio’s if I have any questions, concerns or suggestions?

A: You can contact Mr. Daniel Malave, who is our lunch supervisor at[email protected] or headquarters at 973-598-0005.

Q: Who can I contact at iLearn Schools if I have any questions, concerns or suggestions?

A: You can contact Mrs. Elmina Scillia, who is our Lunch Coordinator at [email protected] or at 201-773-9140.

Q: Does Maschio’s follow the New School Lunch Nutrition Standards?

A: Yes, Maschio’s cafeterias are providing school meals that meet or exceed the new nutrition standards that were mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this past January. The final meal pattern is based on the 2010 Healthy, Hunger Free Kid’s Act and requires school meals to follow strict nutrition standards. We are hopeful that these improvements will have positive influence to your child’s health.

Q: What is a lunch application?

A: A lunch application is a federal application to determine whether a student qualifies for either a free or reduced benefit when participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Q: What happens when if there is incomplete information on the application?

A: Please be sure to complete all sections of the application. Incomplete applications will be returned and delay the process of a lunch determination. Unless you receive SNAP or TANF benefits then you must only complete the sections that indicate your child’s name, case number is required and sign the application.

Q: Who may fill out the application?

A: Only the parent, legal guardian, or the student if age 18 or older may complete the lunch application form. The application must be signed to ensure that the application will be processed.

Q: Can an application be completed online or do you prefer a paper-based application?

A: Lunch applications can be completed online through or families can complete a paper-based application. We encourage you to complete it online as it will be processed faster.

Q: Do I still need to fill one out if I am not interested in the Lunch Program?

A: Yes, we request that a lunch application be submitted every year to your child’s school.

Q: When do I complete this form? When is the form due? What sections do I need to complete this form?

A: The application must be completed at the beginning of the school year and is due at that time as well. Once your application is received, the status is determined whether your child qualifies for FREE or REDUCED breakfast and/or lunch. All newly enrolled students will automatically have to pay the full price for breakfast and lunch until a status is determined.

Q: What sections do I need to complete this form?

A: For those who are interested in participating in the lunch program, you are required to fill out completely Sections 1-5. For those who are not interested in participating, please complete only Section 1 and 5. Please be sure in Section 4 to write NOT INTERESTED or DO NOT QUALIFY.

Q: If I have more than one child in the school are families required to complete multiple applications?

A: No, only one application per household is required. If you have children at different school campuses, please be sure to include them in the same application. Please make sure all members of your household are listed as well.

Q: How is my child’s eligibility determined?

A: A child’s eligibility is determined based upon standards established by the federal government for income and household size and is tied to the national poverty rate.

Q: I completed an application last year, do I need to completed another one?

A: Yes, you must complete an application every year. Your status from last year will expire on October 1, 2018. If you do not complete a new application by October 1st, the status from last year will change to PAID.

Q: I am new to the school and my child’s status was FREE or REDUCED last year, does that status follow them?

A:Unfortunately, it does not. You must complete a new application.

Q: Where do I submit the application once I have completed it?

A: You can mail it to the address shown on the application or submit it to your child’s school secretary.

Q: Will I be notified of my child’s determination?

A: Once Central Office is in receipt of your application completed manually or online a determination letter will be emailed or mailed to you.

Q: What is the full price of a meal for breakfast and lunch? What is reduced price?

A: Full price for breakfast is $1.90 and lunch is $2.90. Reduced breakfast price is $0.30 and lunch price $0.40.

Q: Where can I make a payment?

A: You can make a payment online at and create an account to pay online or at your child’s school to the secretary.

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