Darryl Whited, Food Service Director
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The price that Watervliet students pay for school meals will increase by 25 cents in September to comply with federal guidelines.
The cost of elementary breakfast will increase from $1.25 to $1.50, while the cost of breakfast at the jr.-sr. high school will go from $1.50 to $1.75. The price of lunch at both schools will rise from $2.00 to $2.25.
As part of the mandate, called Equity in School Lunch Pricing, schools are required to charge students for paid meals at a price that is on average equal to the difference between free meal reimbursement ($3) and paid reimbursement ($0.41). This means that Watervliet schools should be charging $2.59 rather than the current lunch price.
“We are allowed to gradually increase our prices over time until we meet the requirement,” said Darryl Whited, food service director. “This increase is also necessary to help cover the rise in our operating costs.”
The Watervliet City School District participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) providing nutritious meals free or at a reduced price of 25 cents for eligible students. Free or reduced priced meals are provided based on household size and income. All information is kept strictly confidential. To see if your family qualifies for this program download the free and reduced price meals application packet. Only one application should be submitted per household.
Parents are encouraged to submit the completed application to their child's school or the district's Food Service Department BEFORE the start of the school year. Applications for free or reduced-price lunch may also be completed anytime during the school year if a family’s income changes.
Notification Letter for Directly Certified Students
If you receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Aid to Dependent Children/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families ADC/TANF, you may receive a letter in August from the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance that will simplify the process for your child or children to receive free meals at school.
Please fill out this direct certification form and send it with the letter to the school your child/children attend. They will then receive free meals without your having to complete a free and reduced price meals application.
If you do not return the letter to the school, you must complete the free and reduced price meals application in order for your children to get free meals. For more information or if you have questions, contact the Watervliet Food Service Department at 629-3261.
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More fruits and vegetables for school lunches
The federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act sets new nutritional standards for all foods offered in schools beginning with the 2012-13 school year. The legislation was developed with the aim of reducing childhood obesity. For next year, students will see changes in serving sizes and increased fruits and vegetables. Download more information
Cafeteria Letter of Obligation
Read Cafeteria Letter of Obligation for food purchases (PDF document).
Read Nutrition Nuggets, a food and fitness newsletter.
District's online meal payment system MyNutriKids is now MySchoolBucks.com
The school district's meal pre-payment company for student meal accounts has changed from MyNutriKids to the new MySchoolBucks.com. The change should be seamless for families who already have accounts for their students. Read more
School Lunch Charge Policy
The School Board has established a Meal Charge Policy for the Watervliet School District’s Lunch Program. Students are allowed to charge three meals without payment or contact from their parents. After the three charges have occurred, with no note or phone call from the parent/guardian, the cafeteria will serve these students peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and milk, which constitutes a complete lunch.
Read the letter sent home to parents about this policy change (PDF document).