Food Services

Food Services Director, Renee Heller
518-456-6200, ext. 0110

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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2022-23 Food Service Newsletter

Read the 2022-23 Food Services Newsletter

Free and Reduced Meal Applications for 2022-23

New applications are due before OCTOBER 20, 2022.

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 Guilderland CSD’s SchoolCafe page for daily menus. Sign in to your account or click “view as guest” to browse the breakfast and lunch menus. Once on the menus page, select your school in the dropdown menu.

    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 Services Director Renee Heller.

    Breakfast is served daily in the elementary school cafeteria from 7:45-8:15 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: $3.00 per day
    • FMS lunch: $3.25 per day
    • GHS lunch: $3.25 per day

    Reduced-price (breakfast and lunch): $0.00

    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 households that meet income guidelines. 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 20, 2022.

    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.

    To complete a free and reduced-price breakfast/lunch application, you may do so online or download and print an application here.

    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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    Charging School Meals and Prohibition Against Shaming

    Although payment for school meals is typically due at the time of the sale (through a prepaid balance, cash or some other means), the Guilderland Central School District recognizes that on occasion, students may not have enough funds for a meal. To ensure that students do not go hungry, the district has established a school meal charge policy to provide clear information about how these situations will be handled, including steps designed to avoid any embarrassment of students.  View the Charging School Meals and Prohibition Against Shaming Policy.


    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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