School Year Menu and Meal Kit Information

As of August 31st, The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended all Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waivers through as late as December 31, 2020, dependent on available funding. The move allows schools to offer meals to all children at no charge this fall to minimize the challenges of meal service during a pandemic. 

A la carte items in school will still cost $1, and milk alone will cost $0.50 (fifty cents).  Adults pay $1.07 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch.  

We make menu substitutions to the best of our ability for any student with a medically documented food allergy, and all meals made at school are peanut free.  

September Menu

Click here to order remote learning day Meal Kits


FAQs

Q: What is a meal kit?

A: A meal kit includes all the food components listed on the menu so you can create meals at home when learning remotely.  Options are Small, which includes 3 days of breakfast, lunch, and milk, or Large, which includes 5 days of breakfast, lunch, and milk according to the school calendar. Meal components come frozen with reheating instructions.  

 

Q: Why do I have to order every week?

A: Weekly ordering prevents wasted food. We saw many meals wasted during the closure when families would complete a one time sign up, then not show up to pick up meals.  We want our food in kids bellies, not landfills. 

 

Q: My familiy does not drink 1% milk.  Can we get a different kind?

A: Due to our contracted vendor, All Star Dairy, we have only have access to 1% milk in larger sizes.  The order form you fill out each week will give you the option to decline milk if this is not what you like at home.  

 

Q: My household does not participate in free or reduced meals at school.  Will I be taking away from others who need it more if I participate?

A: No, you will not.  Free meals have been extended to ALL children 18 and younger, and not just those who qualify for supplemental programs.  The food service program, the district, and the entire community benefit from the reimbursement recieved when children participate in school meal programs.  The more, the merrier!

 

Q: Since meals are free, should I still fill out a Free and Reduced meal application?

A: YES, we do not anticipate free meals to be extended for the entire school year.  When free meal benefits expire, previously agreed upon pricing will go into effect.

 

Q: Can meal kits be picked up at any other time than Wednesdays from 11am-1pm?

A: No. On Wednesdays, all students are learning remotely and class schedules include a break for meal pick up.  Elementary aged children who are at home with adults can come pick up meals at this time.  Older students who are home independently can come pick up meals themselves by walking, bicycle, or their own vehicle.   If these options do not work, parents may have a friend or neighbor pick up meal kits by providing the student name. 

 

Q: My child does not like all of the meals on the menu this week.  Can I make a substitution?

A: Meal kits offer customization by offering small and large sizes.  We offer substitutions to the best of our ability for medically documented food allergies.  We cannot customize individual meals in kits due to the amount of time it takes to produce them. 


Kelly Slattery, RD, LDN
Food Service Director
Belchertown Public Schools
59 State Street
Belchertown, MA 01007
(413) 323-0442
kslattery@belchertownps.org

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