BKW Food and Nutrition

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Federal government extends free school meals program

As part of an effort to ensure children access to meals during the pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of a waiver to provide meals to all children at no charge through June 31, 2021. To receive a meal at no cost, students need to take the complete reimbursable meal (e.g. entree, fruit, vegetable, milk).

Students who wish to purchase snacks or beverages must have money in their K-12 Payment Center account.

It is still important for families who believe they may qualify for the Free and Reduced Price Meals Program to submit an application to document their needs. Children from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free meals or reduced price meals.  Students who qualify for free and reduced price lunch also qualify for free and reduced price breakfast. To apply, complete the application linked to this website

Elementary School Menu | Secondary School Menu

Meal Information

Meal Costs

  • Elementary/Middle/High School Breakfast — $1.70
  • Elementary School Lunch — $2.80
  • Middle/High School Lunch — $2.90
  • Extra Milk – $50 cents

Farm to School

The BKW Food Services department is striving to provide students with more fresh fruits and vegetables. Our goal is to expose students to more fresh and local produce, as well as educate students about where their food comes from. We will be incorporating a number of locally produced and grown New York State foods throughout our menus.

School Prohibition Against Lunch Shaming Plan

BKW Schools does not engage in practices that would draw attention to any student who does not have lunch money or whose parents have not paid lunch account balances. Read the plan.

School Meal Payment Options

As of fall 2020, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo CSD uses the online K-12 Payment Center that allows parents to pre-pay for school lunches and manage their child’s account online. K-12 Payment Center allows parents to:

  • Make payments for meals online securely using your credit card
  • Have more than one child in the district? You can deposit money into multiple accounts with just one payment
  • You get quick and easy access to your child’s account 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • The ability to:

o    See 120 calendar days of meal purchases and payments (free)

o    Check your child’s meal account balance (free)

o    Get low meal account balance alerts by e-mail and text (free)

To access the online service, visit https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/. From this site you can create your account and add money to your child’s school meal account.

Parents who choose not take advantage of the online payment service may continue to make advance payments via cash or check. Checks should be payable to, “BKW Meal Program.” Please send in payments in an envelope with the child’s full name written on front.

Free and Reduced Price Meals Program

Children of families who meet certain income eligibility guidelines may qualify for the Free and Reduced Price Meals program. Families can apply at any time for this confidential program, which provides meals at no cost for qualifying students.* Links to the free and reduced price meals application, information about the program and eligibility requirements are provided below.

As of fall 2020: You can apply online for your student to receive free or reduced price school meals on LunchApplication.com. Your application will be sent from a secure website directly to Berne-Knox-Westerlo, so you don’t need to worry about filling out a paper form that could be lost or misplaced. LunchApplication.com. is an easy, secure and convenient way to apply for free or reduced meals. To apply, simply go to https://www.lunchapplication.com/ and click “Apply Now.”

*As of July 1, 2019, students approved for reduced price meals receive breakfast and lunch meals at no charge, with New York State is covering the cost previously paid by the student. To see if you qualify, please download, print, fill out and mail in the free/reduced application below:

If you have questions or would like assistance with an application please contact Susan Frank, BOCES Shared Food Service Program Specialist,  at (518) 464-5133. Fax (518) 862-4903.

Parent letter and income eligibility chart

The letter below provides details about the Free and Reduced Price Meals program and a chart listing income levels according to household size and income received either yearly, monthly or weekly. If your total household income is the same or less than the amounts on the income chart below,  your children may be eligible to receive free or reduced price meals.

Food Intolerance & Allergies

If your student has a food allergy or intolerance, please let us know right away. We will need a doctor’s note. Call the school nurse at (518) 872-2030 for a “Diet Prescription” form.

Birthday Baskets (Pre-K through Grade 6)

The BKW elementary cafeteria offers Birthday Baskets that can be delivered to your student’s classroom. It’s affordable and convenient for you and fun and healthy choices for the student’s special day. Birthday Basketball Order Forms will be sent home the month of your student’s birthday.

Elementary School Lunch Menu

Jan. 25
Chicken Nuggets
Carrots & Dip
NYS Grape Juice
NYS Milk

Jan. 26
Pancakes
NYS Yogurt Parfait
Blueberries & Granola
Hash Brown
Sausage Patty
NYS Apple
NYS Milk

Jan. 27
Hot Ham & Cheese
Cucumber & Ranch
Fruit of the Day
NYS Milk

Jan. 28
Crispy Chicken Sandwich
NYS Potato Chips
Fruit of the Day
NYS Milk

Jan. 29
Pizza
Fresh Veggie & Dip
NYS Grape Slushie
NYS Milk

Feb. 1
Chicken Tenders
Fresh Veggie & Dip
NYS Milk
NYS Grape Juice

Feb. 2
Maple Waffles
Hash Brown
Sausage
NYS Apple Slices
NYS Milk

Feb. 3
Mozzarella Sticks
Marinara
Fresh Veggie & Dip
Fruit of the Day
NYS Milk

Feb. 4
Crispy Chicken Sandwich
NYS Potato Chips
Corn
Fruit of the Day
NYS Milk

Feb. 5
Cheese Pizza
NYS Slushie
Fresh Veggie & Dip
NYS Milk

Feb. 8
Chicken Nuggets
Garlic Bread
Fresh Veggie & Dip
Fruit of the Day
NYS Milk

Feb. 9
Pancakes
Hash Brown
Sausage
NYS Warm Cinnamon Apples
NYS Milk

Feb. 10
Chicken & Mash Potato Bowl
w/ Corn & Gravy
Fruit of the Day
NYS Milk

Feb. 11
NYS Cheeseburger
Sun Chips
Green Beans
NYS Granny Smith Apple
NYS Milk

Feb. 12
Cheese Pizza
NYS Grape Slushie
Fresh Veggie & Dip
NYS Milk

Feb. 15-19
School Closed – Winter Recess

Feb. 22
Chicken Tenders
Garlic Bread
Fresh Veggie & Dip
Fruit of the Day
NYS Milk
NYS Grape Juice

Feb. 23
Egg, & Cheese on WG Bagel
Hash Brown
NYS Strawberry Applesauce
NYS Milk

Feb. 24
Mozzarella Sticks
W Marinara
Fresh Veggie & Dip
Fruit of the Day
NYS Milk

Feb. 25
NYS Hot Dog on WG Bun
NYS Potato Chips
Honey Dill Carrots
Fruit of the Day
NYS Milk

Feb. 26
Cheese Pizza
NYS Grape Slushie
Fresh Veggie & Dip
NYS Milk

Everyday Breakfast

All Breakfasts include 100% Juice/ Fruit & Milk for $1.70

  • One entrée: Sausage Egg & Cheese & Egg & Cheese M,F or Cereal & Graham Crackers, Pancakes T, W, TH, or Fruits: 100% Orange & Apple Juice, Fruit of the Day

    Daily Offerings

    • Sandwich of the Day, Assorted Salads, Hummus w/ Pita Chips/Vegetables, Yogurt w/ Dinner Roll & Cheese Stick
    • We feature LOCAL fruit and vegetables
    • Milk: 1%,  skim, 1% chocolate, 1% strawberry

    Secondary School Lunch Menu

    Jan. 25
    Chicken Wings with Dip
    Garlic Bread Stick
    Carrots/Celery & Dip
    NYS Grape Juice
    NYS Milk

    Jan. 26
    Pancakes
    NYS Yogurt Parfait
    with NYS Blueberries & Granola
    Hash Brown
    NYS Apple
    NYS Milk

    Jan. 27
    Tacos
    Soft Tortillas, Taco Meat
    Salsa, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese
    Corn & Black Beans
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Mi

    Jan. 28
    Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich
    Tater Tots
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Milk

    Jan. 29
    Pizza
    Fresh Veggie & Dip
    NYS Grape Slushie
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 1
    Chicken Tenders
    Garlic Breadstick
    Sweet Potato Tater Tots
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 2
    Maple Waffles
    Hash Browns
    Yogurt
    NYS Apple Slices
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 3
    Nachos
    Cheese Sauce, Salsa
    NYS Tex Mex Green Salad
    Chipotle Ranch
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 4
    Crispy Chicken Sandwich
    Sun Chips
    Fresh Veggie & Dip
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 5
    Cheese Pizza
    NYS Grape Juice
    Fresh Veggie & Dip
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 8
    Popcorn Chicken
    BBQ Sauce
    NYS French Fries
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 9
    Pancakes
    Hash Brown
    Yogurt
    NYS Warm Cinnamon Apples
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 10
    Burrito Bowl
    Fajita Chicken, Corn, Black Beans,
    Rice, Shredded Cheese & Salsa
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 11
    NYS Cheeseburger
    Sun Chips
    Fresh Veggie & Dip
    NYS Granny Smith Apples
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 12
    Cheese Pizza
    NYS Grape Juice
    Fresh Veggie & Dip
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 15-19
    School Closed – Winter Recess

    Feb. 22
    Popcorn Chicken Bowl
    Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
    Corn
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 23
    Sausage, Egg, & Cheese on
    WG Croissant
    Hash Brown
    NYS Strawberry Applesauce
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 24
    Nachos
    Cheese Sauce, Salsa
    NYS Black Bean Hummus & Carrots
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 25
    NYS Hot Dog on WG Bun
    NYS Potato Chips
    Fresh Veggie & Dip
    Fruit of the Day
    NYS Milk

    Feb. 26
    Cheese Pizza
    NYS Grape Juice
    Fresh Veggie & Dip
    NYS Milk

    Everyday Breakfast

    All Breakfasts include 100% Juice/ Fruit & Milk for $1.70

    • Breakfast Sandwich or Sandwich of the Day, Cereal & Graham Crackers, Fruits: 100% Orange & Apple Juice, Fruit of the Day, Beverages: Milk- 1% milk, 1% chocolate milk

      Daily Offerings

      • Sandwich of the Day, Assorted Salads, Hummus w/ Pita Chips/Vegetables, Yogurt w/ Dinner Roll & Cheese Stick
      • We feature LOCAL fruit and vegetables
      • Milk: 1%,  skim, 1% chocolate, 1% strawberry

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