Darryl Whited, Food Service Director
Summer Meals Program begins July 5
Watervliet City School District will again sponsor a summer meals program that offers free breakfast and lunch for children 18 years or younger. More information and summer meals sites │ Download summer menu
All menus are posted in PDF format.
Providing a healthy start to the school day is important for learning!
Mornings can be rushed, but taking time to eat a nutritious meal is important for children. For parents with busy schedules, it can be difficult to make sure children are eating breakfast before they leave for school. If breakfast at home is a challenge, Watervliet’s school breakfast program could be the perfect solution! More information
Is your snack a smart snack? Find out using the Alliance Product Calculator
The USDA’s “All Foods Sold in Schools” standards, that began in the 2014- 2015 school year, require that all foods sold at school during the school day meet a set of nutrition standards. This regulation applies to food in schools sold in vending machines, foods sold à la carte, in the school store and includes fundraisers and celebrations. Would your snacks pass the test to be labeled as Smart Snacks? Find out with the help of a Product Calculator courtesy of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. more information
Healthy snack options offered by food service department for in-school celebrations
New this school year, parents of elementary school students can order healthy snack options from the district's food service department for their child's classroom celebrations. Orders can be placed in the elementary school cafeteria, and should be made two weeks in advance. Payment is in cash or by check only; order form must accompany payment [Download an order form]. Please contact Food Service Manager Darryl Whited by phone at 629-3261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
In accordance with Federal
law and U.S. Department of Agriculture
policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the
basis of race, color, national origin,
sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination,
write USDA, Director, Office of
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Download a copy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture non-discrimination policy
Visit Choose My Plate website for tips on eating healthy
The USDA's Choose My Plate website offers tips for healthier eating including daily food plans, nutritious recipes, fun activities, advice for eating healthy on a budget, and more.
Online resource for nutrition news
SuperKids Nutrition is a website developed by nutrition experts that aims to create future healthier generations through good nutrition. This online resource offers information and activities designed to help parents and the community become more knowledgeable about nutrition and enable children to make healthy choices every day.
Other online resources for healthy eating
District's online meal payment system is MySchoolBucks.com
The school district's meal pre-payment company for student meal accounts is MySchoolBucks.com.
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. Download more information
Cafeteria Letter of Obligation
Read Cafeteria Letter of Obligation for food purchases (PDF document).
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).
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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 responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or 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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint 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:
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