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Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  All schools offer breakfast and lunch every day.  Our meals offer a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and follow specifications for calories, sodium and fat.  All a la carte items meet Massachusetts standards for healthy school snacks. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ndPYnjd3t3uIu92_SuCOJ4ct85b2gRm/view?usp=sharing)

School meal planning follow the recommendation from leading health and nutrition professionals including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association and The Institute of Medicine.

Support for School Meals

School nutrition programs need the support of parents and families to succeed!  We encourage parents and caregivers to talk with their students about the food they eat at school. Taking an interest in a student’s eating habits can lead to a lifetime of good choices. And when students have tried new fruits and vegetables at home, they are more likely to pick up those items when they walk through the school lunch line.  To get the facts about school meals and share your ideas, visit www.TrayTalk.org.

Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns!

 

The Food Service Department will be serving locally sourced apples and kale from Joe Czajkowski Farms for the month of November.

Check out our menu to see what’s local!

 

Words that say "MY SCHOOL BUCKS"

Click on the “My School Bucks”  above to be directed to the website

Purchase Monitoring and Deposits Made Easy

 

With My School Bucks, parents are able to register for an account and view information for free. Parents are also able to view account balances or recent purchases in the school cafeteria, add money to their student’s account, and set up low balance alerts through this award-winning, parent-friendly system. To visit the My School Bucks website, please click here: My School Bucks. Please make checks payable to the City of Northampton.

Please note:  If you want to pay online with a credit card, debit card, or electronic check, there will be a $2.49 processing fee added to the transaction (multiple children can appear on the same transaction.)

Parents are reminded that a transaction may take up to 48 hours to process.  Typically they process right away, but in some instances (electronic checks) processing does take longer.

In the event a parent has questions about their lunch account balances, or incorrect purchases charged against  their child’s account, please contact the Northampton Food Service department at 413-587-1487

 

Food Service Information & Pricing

Offer vs. Serve Policy for Lunch

A school lunch that is eligible for federal reimbursement must offer 5 food components for each meal served (milk, fruit, vegetables, grains and meat/meat alternatives. Students may decline 2 of the required 5 items offered but must select either a ½ cup fruit or vegetable or a ½ cup combination of fruit/vegetable with their meal. In addition to the fruit or vegetable, the student must select at least 2 additional food components in full amounts offered in order for the meal to count toward the reimbursable offer vs serve meal. The price of the meal will not be determined by the number of components the student chooses. The lunch is priced as a unit whether the student declines 2 items or chooses all 5 items. Middle And High School in the Northampton Public Schools follow the Offer vs. Serve policy for lunch. Field trip bag lunches or special occasion meals in the classroom contain all 5 food components and are exempt from this policy.

Offer vs. Serve for Breakfast

A school breakfast that is eligible for reimbursement shall offer 3 food components (milk, fruit and grains) that consists of a minimum of 4 items. Students may decline 1 food item, but must select at least ½ cup of fruit or fruit combination. After choosing the ½ cup of fruit, students must select the other food components in the full amounts to count toward the reimbursable offer vs. serve meal. The price of the meal will not be determined by the number of components the student chooses. The breakfast is priced as a unit whether the student accepts all 4 items or declines 1. The Middle and High School in the Northampton Public School District follow the offer vs. serve policy for breakfast.


 BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PRICES – STUDENTS    
 Item Full Price  Reduced Price
 Breakfast $1.25  $0.30
 Lunch $2.75   $0.40

 Milk – Fat Free Chocolate or White (1%)                   $.50


  • Any child who qualifies for free or reduced breakfast or lunch may select a milk to be part of a complete meal.
  • If a child who qualifies for a free of reduced meal would like a milk WITHOUT a complete meal (Milk Only), the child must pay full price for the milk.  
  • The cost of a milk is $.50


BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PRICES – ADULTS
   
 Item Full Price  
 Breakfast $2.14  
 Lunch $4.28 (with milk)   $4.01 (without milk)

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the lastfour digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of thesocial security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

Fax
(202) 690-7442; or

Email
program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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