School Meal Information

School Meal Information
Posted on 08/31/2022
School Meal Information

Dear Parents and Guardians, 


The beginning of the school year is approaching and we wanted to provide you with some updates to our school meal program. 


Updates to Free and Reduced-Price Meals 

We want you to know that the pandemic-era school meal program that provided all students—regardless of income level—with free meals for the past two years has expired. This means that in September, the District will return to policies that were in place prior to the pandemic, and only those who qualify will be eligible to receive free meals. All others will need to pay full prices, which are listed below.  


In order to receive free meals, qualifying families must turn in an application. Income guidelines, application packets, and other information is available on our website. Eligibility for free meals is determined by income verification or direct certification lists provided to the school district. For those families who do not qualify for the free/reduced meal program, but who are struggling with food insecurities, we encourage you to contact Colleen Mulready (Grades K-3) at cm[email protected], Stacey Tierney-Gabler (Grades 4-8) at [email protected], and Lisa Ciccone (Grades 9-12) at [email protected] for options. 


There are additional benefits associated with accessing the free/reduced meal program. Qualifying families may also receive discounts on SAT, ACT, and AP testing, as well as college application fees, reduction in Internet costs, and other eligible discounts. By applying, families are also helping ensure our school district receives the appropriate level of financial support from the State. 


Facts for Qualifying Families

  • Only one application per household is needed.

  • A new application must be completed each school year.

  • If your child receives SNAP or Medicaid, you do not need to complete an application.

  • All applications must be received and processed by Amy Finkbeiner at [email protected]


Applications and more information about the Free and Reduced Meal program can be found at https://bit.ly/3PIXknu

Full-Cost Meal Information

The regular cost for school meals for the 2022-2023 school year will return to the pricing prior the pandemic and will be as follows: 

School

Breakfast

Lunch

Kerhonkson & Marbletown Elementary Schools Daily

$1.75

$2.50

Rondout Valley Intermediate, Junior High & High Schools Daily

$1.75

$3.00

Student Milk

$.55

$.55


Payment Options

Families may send cash or check to school with their child to deposit into their lunch account, or they may use the convenient MySchoolBucks service to securely pay online using a credit/debit card or electronic check. A small service fee is charged for deposits made online. Visit www.MySchoolBucks.com to register for a secure account. 


MySchoolBucks allows families to:

  • Set up automatic recurring payments

  • Track and review meal history

  • Create low balance alerts

  • Make payments with the new mobile app


New School Meal Company  

This year, we are excited to announce that we will be working with Whitsons School Nutrition to administer our school meal program. The company will provide students with nutritious, well-balanced meals that appeal to the entire school community and meet the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program requirements. They strive to engage students in developing positive attitudes about healthy eating. Read Whitsons welcome message: bit.ly/3pRpvGh


How to Access Lunch Menus

Our new interactive menus can be found at www.fdmealplanner.com


We are looking forward to serving delicious and nutritious meals for our students this year! If you have any questions, please contact our Food Service Director Debbie Monforte at [email protected]



Sincerely,

 

Alyssa Hasbrouck 

School Business Official
ahasbrou[email protected]