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 September 30, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that is extending funding free meals for kids for the 2020-21 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 September 30, 2021.

See what you need to know about free meals at GCSD

2020-21 Food Service Newsletter

Read the 2020-21 Food Services Newsletter

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. The program offers more than free and reduced meals, other benefits include reduced fees with SATs, AP exams, college course tuition, etc.  Learn more about free and reduced meals.

2020-21 School Reopening: Child Nutrition Plan

At GCSD, school meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely.

Learn more about meals for students during the GCSD reopening of schools.

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.

GCSD Food Services Remote Meal Order Form

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).

Complete the Remote Meal Order Form

Meals are available to all eligibility types (free, reduced and paid). Please note that if your students are PAID eligible that you should use 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.


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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 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.

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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