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Important Updates for Summer 2024

Summer Meals for children under 18 years of age in your household can receive free meals during the summer at a summer meal site. You can reach the USDA National Hunger Hotline by calling 1-866-3-HUNGRY (for English) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) or texting 914-342-7744 with the keyword “summer meals” to find the location closest to you.

If the children in your household are currently receiving free or reduced price meals at Forest Hills School District, they will automatically be eligible for a new program called Summer EBT (Sun Bucks) through the State. This summer program will help families buy food during the summer when school is out.

Your children will automatically be enrolled, so you do not need to apply for the program. If you have questions, you can contact the Summer EBT helpline at 1-866-244-0071, option 1.

You will receive $120 for each eligible child in the household either on your Ohio Directions card if you have one or a benefit card in the mail. You can use the money to buy food during the summer at grocery stores, farmers markets and other approved retailers. If you receive more than $120 per eligible child in your household, do not use the benefits. Contact the Summer EBT Helpline at 1-866-244-0071, option 1 as soon as possible to confirm or correct the error.

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Forest Hills School District uses an interactive online menu system called My School Menu to share information about what food is being served each day at school. This option allows families to see a detailed breakdown for each menu item, including nutrition details, ingredient lists, allergy information and a picture of the food.

Click here to view menus for each FHSD building. 

Meal Prices

Breakfast: $1.75
Lunch: $2.50/$2.75 (Specialty Pizzas)

Breakfast: $1.75
Lunch: $2.75/$4.00 (Specialty Meals)

Reduced Priced
Breakfast: $0.30
Lunch: $0.40
The State of Ohio will cover the cost of reduced-price meals for eligible students during the 2023-2024 school year.

To determine if you qualify, complete the free or reduced-price meals application on PaySchools Central every year after July 1.

Pay for School Lunches

Pay for school lunches electronically. 

How to Pay by Cash or Check

Checks to pay for school lunches must be written separately from class fees or any other fees, as they are deposited into different accounts. 

Checks must be made out to the School Name + Food Service or Cafeteria. It must also include the child’s first and last names and student ID number. If there are multiple students on one check, please indicate each student’s name and student ID number as well as the corresponding amount for each student’s account. Cash payments should include the same information in a note.

Please drop off cash or check payments at the school’s office. 

Food Services Department

The Forest Hills School District Food Service Department operates kitchens in all nine schools, serving lunch to approximately 2,700 students every day. The department strives to promote healthy eating habits by preparing fresh, nutritious and affordable meals that incorporate:

  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat dairy options
  • Fresh produce
  • Low sodium products

FHSD’s Food Services staff has a strong history of earning Clean Kitchen Awards from the Hamilton County Public Health Department. This recognizes food service facilities for outstanding efforts in sanitation and safety education. 

Food Services at FHSD is self-sufficient, meaning no local tax dollars fund the department. Supplies and salaries are paid through school meal purchases and federal reimbursement from the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.

Questions? Contact Us!

Tia Straus, Food Service Director
(513) 231-3215

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

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