Food Services Director, Megan Beck
518-456-6200, ext. 3110
Guilderland schools offer students food choices that adhere to the nutritional requirements set forth by the New York State Education Department under the Child Nutrition Program and the Federal Government under the Department of USDA.
These mandatory requirements look at portion serving sizes for fruits and vegetables, proteins, starches, and milk; and minimum and maximum calories allowed during lunch and breakfast. These required food choices also meet adequate amounts of calcium, fiber, vitamins A, E, D, and limit saturated fats and overall total dietary fat content to maintain a healthy student.
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September 9, 2020 Update: Free Meals to Students Through Dec. 31, 2020
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that is extending funding free emails for kids through December 31, 2020. In turn, the Guilderland Central School District will provide free breakfast and lunch to anyone in the district, age 18 and under, through December 31, 2020, unless USDA runs out of funds.
What you need to know:
- Students eligible for free and reduced lunch, still need to complete an application on SchoolCafe before October 20, 2020, in order to receive free and reduced meals after December 31, 2020.
- Anyone that is 18 and under and not a GCSD student can pick up meals from 1:00 -3:00 p.m. at Guilderland High School or Farnsworth Middle School. A week’s worth of meals will be provided at pickup. Please contact Megan Beck at email@example.com to get more information.
- The district will continue to sell snacks, but those will be purchased with cash or account funds when picking up meals.
Please contact Megan Beck with any questions at 518-456-6200, ext. 3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications for 2020-21
New applications are due before OCTOBER 20th, 2020. If you have not returned a new application by that date, your child will be removed from the program and will have to pay full price for meals until a new application is completed.
At GCSD, school meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely.
School meals continue to be a safe, nutritious choice to fuel student success during the 2020-2021 school year. View and download more information from the School Nutrition Association.
Meal options are available for pick up for remote only learning students. Families may request a school breakfast and lunch for each child, for each scheduled school day (reference school calendar).
Meals are available to all eligibility types (free, reduced and paid). Please note that if your students are PAID eligible that you should use www.schoolcafe.com and set up an account and make a prepayment so meals are available for your students or to apply for free/reduced price meals. For families that are PAID eligible, the cost for breakfast in Elementary school (K-5) is $ 1.95 and in Middle and High School (6 – 12) $ 2.50. The cost for lunch in Elementary is $ 2.80 and in the Middle/High $ 3.05.
Did you know that Guilderland Schools offers a wholesome school breakfast meal in all of its buildings every morning? Studies have shown that eating breakfast improves student’s academic performance, decreases behavioral problems, and improves their overall diet. Students that qualify for free and reduced lunch also qualify for free and reduced breakfast. Please direct any questions about our school breakfast program to Food Service Director Megan Beck.
Breakfast is served daily in the elementary school cafeteria from 7:50-8:15 a.m.; 8-9:00 a.m. in the middle school cafeteria; and 7-7:30 a.m. in the high school cafeteria.
- K-8 breakfast: $1.95 per day
- High school breakfast: $2.50 per day
- Elementary lunch: $2.80 per day
- FMS lunch: $3.05 per day
- GHS lunch: $3.05 per day
Reduced-price (breakfast and lunch): $0.25
Milk (white and chocolate): $0.60
Please note: All checks for breakfast/lunch should be made payable to GCSD School Lunch Fund. Parents can also set-up an online payment account for their child(ren) using SchoolCafé.
In accordance with the National School Lunch Act, Guilderland provides free or reduced-price school lunches/breakfasts for students from needy families. Application forms are mailed to district residents each August, included with the district calendar and transportation schedule. Application forms are also available in all individual school main offices.
Note: Interested families must apply each year, even if they have participated in the program during the previous school year. New applications are due before OCTOBER 20th, 2020
Children from households that meet Federal income guidelines are eligible for free meals or reduced-price meals. Reduced price meals cost each eligible student .25¢ for lunch and .25¢ for breakfast.
Incomplete applications cannot be approved, so be sure to fill out all the required information.
Children can eat for free during the summer. Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or text “FOOD” to 877-877.
Do you have a meeting, classroom party, or function coming up that will be hosted within the district? If so, visit the catering page for more info.