Food Services

Food Services Director, Megan Bates
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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Summer 2021 Meals Program

The Guilderland Central School District is offering meals for students in need over the summer starting June 29, 2021, through September 7, 2021.

To enroll in the 2021 Summer Meals Program, please complete this form.

If there are any questions, please reach out to Megan Bates, Food Services Director at the Guilderland Central School District:

Free Meals to Students Through June 30, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that is extending funding free meals for kids for the 2021-22 school year. In turn, the Guilderland Central School District will provide free breakfast and lunch to anyone in the district, age 18 and under, through June 30, 2022.

See what you need to know about free meals at GCSD

2021-22 Food Service Newsletter

Read the 2021-22 Food Services Newsletter

Free and Reduced Meal Applications for 2021-22

New applications are due before OCTOBER 12, 2021.

If you have not returned a new application by that date, your child will continue to receive free meals this year but will no longer receive the other benefits of the program. These benefits include reduced fees with SATs, AP exams, college course tuition, etc. Learn more about free and reduced meals.

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Cafeteria Menus

Please visit SchoolCafe, an interactive website to sign in to your account or view as a guest the breakfast and lunch menus.

Example of what SchoolCafe lunch menu looks like

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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 Bates.

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.

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Cafeteria Prices

  • 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.

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Free and Reduced Price Meals

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 12, 2021

Children from households that meet Federal income guidelines are eligible for free  meals or reduced-price meals. Reduced price meals cost each eligible student .00¢ for lunch and .00¢ for breakfast.

Complete an online free and reduced-price breakfast/lunch application. 

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.

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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.

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Job Openings

Please check the Employment page periodically for open positions. 

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