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

School Year 2021-2022

May Harvest of the Month: Lettuce!



Breakfast and Lunch are Free to All Students for School Year 2021-2022!


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 $1.25 and a second lunch will cost $3.00.

Adult Meals for School Year 2021-2022


FREE MEALS ARE FOR STUDENTS ONLY: Adults are responsible for the cost of their meals plus Massachusetts Meals Tax

Adult Breakfast:

$2.14 (includes 7% meals tax)

Adult Lunch:

Lunch with a milk:  $4.28 (includes 7% meals tax) 

Lunch without a milk: $4.01 (includes 7% meals tax)

NHS Noodle Bowl Tasting Day!

Free and Reduced Lunch Status 

School Year 2021-2022

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has decided that a student’s free and reduced status from school year 2019-2020 and school year 2020-2021 will carry over until the fall of 2022. 

 Families who were qualified in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 DO NOT have to fill out a new application for 2021-2022. Your status will remain the same.

If your family did not qualify in 2019-2020 or 2020-2021, but you feel you may qualify this year, please fill out a 2021-2022 application.  The applications are found on this website. You may also pick up an application at your school’s main office. We need the hard copy 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

If your family needs a copy of your 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Lunch Status letter for other programs, please contact the Food Service Office at 413-587-1487.

If you need a 2021-2022 Free and Reduced Lunch Status letter for other programs, you will need to fill out a 2021-2022 application.

If you received a letter from the Northampton Public Schools Food Service Office stating that your child qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch by Direct Certification from the Department of Health and Human Services, you DO NOT have to fill out a 2021-2022 application.  Keep your letter for documentation.  If you misplace your letter or need an additional copy, you may contact our office at 413-587-1487.

Very Important to Remember!

The USDA is continuing the Free Meal Program for the entire 2021-2022 school year for all children regardless of Free or Reduced Lunch Status!

All children will be offered free breakfast and lunch through June 30, 2022.  Please read through the information on this website for more details about the program.

If you are not receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and have been approved for free school meals, you may be eligible for SNAP which provides monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries to Massachusetts residents who qualify.  Find out if you are eligible for SNAP today by calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 and a counselor can help you apply over the phone.  You can also apply on your own online at DTA Connect: https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/apply

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.

Local Produce NPS has served!

Author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka visits Northampton Public School’s School Lunch Heroes!

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!


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


Current Prices are for second meals purchased at JFK and NHS. Prices for School Year 2022-2023 have not been determined.  Presently, Federally Funded Universal Free Meals for all students expires in June 2022.


Price for second meal at JFK or NHS if food is available

 Item Full Price
 Breakfast $1.25
 Lunch $3.00  

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

  • 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 or 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

NPS Meal Charging Policy

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:

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

(202) 690-7442; or


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.