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Welcome to Food Services!

Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

 


Parents - News Flash!

 

While the return to school is not what any of us envisioned, I want to assure you that the MCSD Food Service team is working hard to create a welcoming and safe environment to provide healthy meals for all students.  There will be significant changes to the meal program so please check our new Food Service website frequently.  www.MCSDfoodservice.org

Due to COVID, we will not be sending home paper menus.  Menus, along with nutritionals, will be available on our new website.

 

Last spring the USDA allowed all students to receive meals at no charge during the COVID-19 closure.  The waiver to continue that process has expired, so it is important for all families to fill out a NEW 2020-2021 free/reduced meal application.  ALSO IMPORTANT, if your family was eligible for the free/reduced meal plan, LAST YEAR, that eligibility automatically rolls over for the first 30 school days of this year.  YOU MUST fill out a new application NOW to determine eligibility BEFORE October 20th so benefits will not terminate and your students will start to accrue debt.

 

I am also encouraging families to apply for SNAP benefits if your financial situation has changed due to COVID-19.  SNAP provides cash benefits (on an EBT card) to purchase groceries for eligible families.  In addition your students will be eligible for free breakfast and lunch for the entire school year (even if your financial situation improves)  It’s a great benefit that I encourage everyone to take advantage of. 

 

The Food Service team is making student ID badges with barcodes that will be used with our NEW hands free scanners for all meal purchases. Badges will be ready before the first day of school and will be included in packets for pick up. If your students had a MySchoolBucks.com meal account and there were available funds left last year, those funds have been transferred to our NEW payment center. PLEASE go to www.K12paymentcenter.com to create an account, or add funds to your students accounts prior to the first day of school.

 

We are so pleased to be offering breakfast in the classroom for ALL students K - 12!!

 

To make meal service timely and seamless, grades K-3 will be offered all meals in their classrooms. Each morning. K-3 teachers will ask students who are planning to take lunch what their meal choice is. Those counts will then be provided to the head cook who will organize production.  Teachers/aides will check an attendance roster to allow the food service team to know who has accepted a meal and those students will be charged.  Food service staff will monitor all allergies and communicate with teachers.  

 

 

  •  PARENTS . . .PLEASE if you are sending lunch in with your child tell them NOT to order a lunch meal or they will be charged.

 

 

In grades 4-12, the food service team will have grab ‘n go breakfasts that include all meal components available as students depart the busses (Two whole grains or one grain and one protein, a fruit, juice and milk will be included). If your students are eligible for free/reduced meals, there will be NO charge. 

 

Lunches for grades 4-12 will be picked up in the High School cafeteria.  We have changed the layout of the cafeteria for social distancing and to help speed up meal service to allow students ample time to enjoy lunch. We will be offering two separate lines to provide our students with choices.  We will have our main “hot line” and will also offer a “cold line”.  The hot line will offer the main entree of the day with a choice of veggie of the day or a fresh tossed salad.  The cold line will feature the sandwich of the day or a chef’s salad. I am hoping that students will be pleased with our efforts to provide a variety of choices and enjoy meals with us each day.   We will NOT be taking pre orders for grades 4 - 12,  but will post daily menus at the entry to the cafe as well as on our food service website.  Because of social distancing mandates, some grade levels will return to their classrooms to eat and some will remain in the cafeteria or atrium to eat. 

 

Breakfasts for students with paid meal eligibility status will be charged $ 1.25 in grades K-5, and $ 1.75 in grades 6-12. 

Lunches for K-5 are $ 2.50 and for grades 6-12 will be $ 2.75.

 

If you have any questions or if I can help in any way, please give me a call.


Deborah Mackey

Food Service Director

DMackey@mechanicville.org

(518) 450-4085

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To apply for Free and Reduced applications online please go to www.lunchapplication.com

 

Find your Free and Reduced paper application for the school year 20-21 here:

 

 
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