Food Service

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

What is the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program?
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows states to issue Food Assistance benefits to households with children in Pre K-12th grade who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures.

July 13, 2020

The P-EBT program is administered by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Additional information is posted on their Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program website

Attached is a P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Schools from the Iowa Department of Education. 

An upated P-EBT FAQ from the Department of Human Services in English, Spanish and French is on the P-EBT DHS website

Please carefully review the information as many of the frequently asked questions are addressed.   


During the school closure, the Glenwood Community Schools Nutrition Services Department will provide an opportunity for families to drive through or walk up to pick up meals for their families at 2 of our school sites.

The GCSD Food Services Department will start providing meals to parents or guardians without the children present in the vehicle. However, State agencies require us to have a plan for ensuring that we are able to maintain accountability and program integrity.

Please print & fill out SFSP Meal Distribution form if children will not be present in vehicle. Then hand the form to the Food Service Staff when you go through the curbside pick up line. Then you will get your numbered colored dash card to bring with you for future visits. Please put on dash or hold up when going through line.

Meals will be distributed between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm in the front of each school building. Monday you will receive 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts per child, Wednesday you will also receive 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts per child, Friday you will receive 1 lunch and 1 breakfast. Please stay in your car and wait for the meals to be brought to your car and passed through the window. You will be given a number of meals based on the number of children in your car ages 18 and under.
Sites will be closed on Tuesday and Thursday.

This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Beginning March 30, 2020 - Monday, Wednesday & Friday
 Meals will be served at:

Glenwood Middle School, 400 Sivers Road
 11:00 am to 1:00 pm 

 For more information, you may contact the Glenwood Schools Food Service Department at 712-527-5029,
or email at  

Welcome to Glenwood Community Schools

2020-2021 Food Services Program

Glenwood Community School District provides a computerized system that allows participants to deposit money into a Food Service account from which they may draw to purchase lunch, breakfast, and ala carte items using a Personal Identification Number (PIN).  The Food Service Program will issue each student and school staff a PIN number to use when purchasing meals or other food items. Students are assigned a PIN when they start school and will keep the same PIN through graduation, unless there is a reason to change the number. Please deposit money into your student’s account at registration, the first day of school and when the account is low. You may also deposit money on the website. Money left in accounts at the end of the year will stay in your student’s account unless we receive a written request for a refund from the parent or guardian.

Food Service must collect money for accounts in the early part of the school day. Due to time constraints during the lunch service time, we cannot accept money for deposit in the lunch line.  Meals must be paid for in advance; therefore, money needs to be put into the account before purchasing can begin.

Reminder notes will be printed at Northeast Elementary and West Elementary schools.  Please contact your student’s teacher if you do not receive the reminder notes.  Reminders start when an account reaches $10.00 or less. Middle School and High School students are told in the line when the balance gets low. We do not send reminders home at this age level.

PLEASE READ THE 701.3 MEAL CHARGES POLICY INCLUDED IN THIS PACKET! This includes information on the State and Federal law, Payment of meals, Payment methods and Negative account balance procedures.

We now offer so parents can monitor their child’s meal account balance and transactions online and set up a payment reminder email for FREE.  Also, parents may make pre-payments into their child’s account anytime using Visa or MasterCard (credit or debit). The convenience fee of $3.00 is charged by the school district. The fee is designed to cover or offset the normal costs of processing credit card transactions and other costs associated with maintaining a credit card merchant account. If you wish to use this service, you may sign up at

The Food Service Clerk at your child’s school or can provide you with a printout of your student’s account.  It will show when money was deposited, when money was deducted, and what was purchased from the account.  Parents need to notify the clerk if they would like to “block” a student from receiving breakfast or ala carte items, or put spending limits on their account.  If you have additional questions about your food service account, contact the clerk between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or call the food service office at 712-527-5029.

An Iowa Eligibility Application (Free and Reduced) form must be filled out (renewed) each school year.  You can fill out an application online at or pick one up a printed copy at any building office. There is also one in this meal packet. Students approved for FREE meals may eat both breakfast and lunch at no cost.  Students approved for REDUCED priced meals may purchase breakfast at a cost of $.30 and lunch at a cost of $.40 daily. Free, reduced, and full paying students may purchase milk for $.40 to go with a sack lunch, but this is not part of the Free and Reduced meals program.  There must be money in the account to purchase milk for a sack lunch.  We ask that parents not send bottled/canned soda with sack lunches.

We encourage family members to come share lunch with the students.  We request that guests coming to eat with their student notify the kitchen before 9:00 a.m.  Parents may deduct the cost of their meal from their student’s account or bring correct change to pay in cash.  We request that guests do not bring “outside restaurant” food to the cafeteria.

All Food Service forms are located on the Glenwood Schools Website under the Support Services tab and then Food Service section.

Meal prices are as follows for the 2020-2021 school year:


Daily - $1.80

Weekly (5 days) - $9.00

Monthly (20 day) - $36.00

Reduced Daily - $.30

Reduced Weekly (5 days) - $1.50

Monthly Reduced (20 Days)- $6.00

Adult Breakfast Daily - $2.25

PK - 5th Grade

Daily - $2.70

Weekly (5 days) - $13.50

Monthly (20 days) - $54.00

Reduced Daily - $0.40

Reduced Weekly (5 days) - $2.00

uced Monthly(20 days) - $8.00

Adult Daily - $3.75

Extra Milk - $.40

Lunch 6th - 12th Grade

Daily - $2.80

Weekly (5 days) - $14.00

Monthly (20 days) - $56.00

Reduced Daily - $0.40

Reduced Weekly (5 days) - $2.00

Reduced Monthly (20 days)- $8.00

Adult Daily - $3.75

Extra Milk - $0.40

If you have any questions regarding the Food Services Department or your child’s account, you may contact the Food Services office at 712-527-5029.