GFSD Food Service news: Student meals are free through June 2021
We are excited to let you know about several new developments for food services in 2020:
Meals are now FREE to ALL students in Glens Falls City Schools through June, 2021! This includes breakfast and lunch meals for both in-person students and students learning virtually. Federal and state governments have extended the COVID-19 meal service program that provides free full meals for all K-12 students. Unless the extension changes, we will provide student meals at no cost until June 25, 2021.
September lunch menus are available for the elementary, middle, and high schools. Students will still provide their lunch code when going through the cafeteria line, even though complete meals are free.
A la carte items will be very limited in our cafeterias, and offered in the MS/HS only. A few beverages and snack items will be available for students to purchase using their lunch code. NO CASH will be accepted in the cafeteria line, as a safety measure during COVID-19.
We are launching a new meal payment system called K12PaymentCenter, which replaces MySchoolBucks. All of last year’s funds in students’ MySchoolBucks accounts have been automatically transferred to the new K12PaymentCenter system. Students’ cafeteria lunch codes remain the same. Parents will need to create a new account with K12PaymentCenter, and link children in order to make online payments to meal accounts. Watch for detailed instructions on that during the first week of school.
The new system will also allow for online pre-ordering for lunches by the day or week. Older students can order lunch right from their Chromebooks, and elementary parents can order lunch several days in advance for their children. Details on how to create an account for this Linq Online Ordering will be provided the first week of school.
We look forward to serving our Glens Falls students! Welcome back to a healthy and delicious year!
The Food Services team takes pride in serving nutritionally-balanced, varied, and tasty menu items in each school cafeteria. We look forward to what Aramark will bring to our lunch tables in the coming year! Visit https://glensfalls.schooldish.com to learn more about Aramark’s nutritional services.
When the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect in 2010, one of the requirements was that school districts gradually increase their student lunch prices until the revenue per lunch matches the federal free reimbursement level. To comply with this regulation, lunch prices in each of Glens Falls City Schools will increase by ten cents to $2.60 for the 2020-2021 school year. Breakfast prices will remain the same, at $1.75. As a reminder to parents and guardians, free and reduced-price lunches are available to students whose families meet certain eligibility guidelines.
Students at GFSD are given an account with a PIN number to press on a keypad in the lunch line when purchasing lunch, milk, or other food items. Each month’s menu offerings for breakfast and lunch are available on the district’s web site, or at https://glensfalls.schooldish.com/SchoolMenus
Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Free and reduced-price meals are available to children who meet federal guidelines. Applications are mailed to every family with enrolled students in August and are listed below in Adobe PDF format. Additional hard copies are available in any school’s main office. Only one application is needed per family. Completed applications should be returned to the main office of your child’s school.
Charging school meals
It is the District’s goal to provide students with access to nutritious no- or low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a student whose parent/guardian has unpaid meal charges is not shamed or treated differently than a student whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal charges. To read the entirety of the District’s policy on meal charging and prohibition against meal shaming, please click here: Policy 5660