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Highland Food Service

Last Updated: 6/15/2021 12:09 PM

Located at Highland High School
4150 Ridge Road, Medina, OH 44256
Phone Numbers: 330-239-1901, 330-686-1901, 330-278-2727

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Our Commitment:
The Highland Food Service Department is dedicated to providing students with a nutritional lunch and is a member of the National School Lunch Program. The Menu Lunch follows the Recommended Dietary Allowance guidelines to provide less than 30% total fat and less than 10% saturated fat, and less than 1500 (mg) of sodium. Additionally, french fries and all potato products are baked and not deep-fried.

HLS Food Service's Wellness Policy as found in HLSD Bylaws and Policies 8510

HLSD Bylaws and Policies


Free Lunch Progam Offered through End of School Year
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on October 9 that it is extending regulatory flexibility in light of the pandemic to allow schools to offer free meals to all children through the current academic year. USDA had previously approved flexibility through December.

The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children through June 2021. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.  

Q: What does this mean for Highland students – including those enrolled in the VLA program?
A: All students now qualify for FREE lunch through June 2021.

Q: Does my child have to qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch status?
A: No. All students are eligible to receive meals through this federally subsidized program through June 2021 

If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 330-239-1901, ext. 5513.


Food Services Changes for 2020-21 School Year
In an effort to adhere to the latest COVID-19 CDC food service guidelines, the Highland Food Service Department will be making the following changes at all school buildings until further notice.

  • Limited choice of daily meal options (one for elementary; two for middle; three for high school)
  • Meals will be served in a disposable to-go container
  • No self-serve options of any kind
  • No a la carte options will be served
  • Students will not be using the touch keypads at the point of sale

If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 330-239-1901, ext. 5513.


Healthy, Fresh Changes to Highland Lunch Menus!
The Food Services Department at Highland Local Schools is excited to serve our students and staff seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables grown locally by farmers in Northeast Ohio.


Keep Up to Date with Your Child's Lunch Account & Activity
There is no fee to view and monitor your child's lunch activity or balance by clicking on the "PaySchools Central" link located on the right hand side of this page. PaySchools Central provides the capability to receive a 'low balance' alert and to replenish your student's lunch account automatically. There is a slight transaction fee if you choose to make an on-line payment at this site. Pre-payments can also be made by sending a check or cash with your child to school with your child's name and grade on the outside of the envelope.

Charging a lunch is not permitted. In an emergency, only at the Elementary level, should a student not have lunch money the daily lunch will be provided and their account will be noted as a negative. If the student does not have money on the third day of charging, a substitute lunch will be provided and applied to the negative account. The negative balance has to be repaid.

Lunch Prices:

  • Elementary: $3.00, including milk
  • Middle and High School: $3.25 or $3.75 for deluxe lunch, including milk
  • Additional Milk: .60 cents

There are a few Ala Carte items available at the Elementary level and the price range is up to a $1.00. At the Middle and High School level Ala Carte items are available every day with deli sandwiches, hot sandwiches, pizza and a variety of salads. Breakfast is also available at the High and Middle School everyday with eggs, waffles, hot breakfast sandwiches, cereals, and daily specials. The High and Middle School cafeteria hours are from 7:15 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch:  Applications are located on the link to the right of this page. As a reminder, if a student receives free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch at the end of the last school year, the free or reduced status remains the same for the first thirty days of school. Please re-apply to continue these benefits if applicable.

The Food Service Department wishes each student a successful school year and thanks you for the opportunity to serve your children.


Information on Student Lunch Account Balances

Any senior with a positive lunch account balance on their account will have the balance posted to off-set any other fee balance due in the school district. If no fee balance exists, the balance will be transferred to a younger sibling’s lunch account.  If there is no younger sibling, the parent will need to request a refund of the lunch account balance, by contacting Tina Hirz, Food Service, thirz@highlandschools.org.

For all other students in grades K-11, any positive lunch account balance will carry forward to the following school year. If your family is withdrawing from the district and your child has a positive balance, please contact Tina Hirz, Food Service, at thirz@highlandschools.org.

If any student has a negative lunch account balance, the payments can be made via PaySchools or a check payable to Highland Schools Food Service. Checks can be mailed to the Board of Education Office, 3880 Ridge Road, Medina, Ohio 44256. Please be sure to include your child's name and student ID.

If you have any questions or need assistance with student lunch accounts, please contact Tina Hirz, Food Service, thirz@highlandschools.org.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.