Welcome to the Nutrition Program for Northampton Public Schools

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Welcome to the Nutrition Program for Northampton Public Schools

Welcome to the Nutrition Program for Northampton Public Schools

Breakfast and Lunch are Free to All Students for School Year 2022-2023!

All Students may have one free breakfast meal and one free lunch meal each school day.

Students at Northampton High School and JFK Middle School may purchase a second meal if there is enough food available. A second  breakfast will cost $1.65 and a second lunch will cost $3.35.

 

Free and Reduced Status 

School Year 2022-2023

A student’s Free and Reduced Status from the previous year will carry over into School Year 2022-2023 for the first 30 school days of this school year.  It is important that families who do not receive a Direct Certification letter from the School Nutrition / Food Service Office fill out a 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Application found below.

Please submit your 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Application by October 14, 2022. Previous lunch status will expire on this date.

If you are unable to print an application, you may also pick up an application at your school’s main office. We can also mail you an application if requested by calling our office at 413-587-1487. 

We need an original/hard copy of the application sent to our office. We can not accept digital copies that are emailed or faxed copies.  Please mail the application or send via your school’s main office. Our office address is:

Northampton Public Schools Food Services Department

JFK Middle School

100 Bridge Road

Florence, MA 01062

Applications for Free and Reduced Meal Status

Click on the Button Below to View Selection

School Year 2022-2023

School Year 2022-2023 Prices

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is providing Free Meals to All Students for School Year 2022-2023

 

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PRICES – STUDENTS

School Year 2022-2023 

 
 Item Full Price       Reduced Price
 Breakfast $1.65* $.30 *
 Lunch $3.35* $.40*

*Full Price lunch and breakfast prices are for second meals at NHS and JFK only! (Second meals are not available at Elementary Schools.)

* Reduced Prices will not be applied to school year 2022 – 2023 due to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts providing free meals to all students 2022-2023 school year.

 Milk – Fat Free Chocolate or White (1%)                   $.50 (Milk purchased without a meal)


  • Any child may select a milk to be part of a complete meal.
  • If a child 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

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Adult Meal Prices for School Year 2022-2023

Adult Breakfast:

$2.75 (plus 7% MA Meals Tax) = $2.94

Adult Lunch:

$4.75 (plus 7% MA Meals Tax) = $5.08

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 follows 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!

 

Making It Count

School Meals Accountability and Responsibility

 

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. 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.

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 or debit card, there will be a $2.75 processing fee added to the transaction (multiple children can appear on the same transaction.) If you choose to pay online with an e-check, there will be a $2.49 processing fee added to the transaction fee (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

 

Nondiscrimination Statement

In Accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English, Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g.,Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language),should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf  , from any USDA office, by calling (866)632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA.  The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.  The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax: (833)256-1665 or (202)690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.