Free school meals program extended

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. (The original end date was Dec. 31, 2020) 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

For questions or assistance with an application, contact Susan Frank, BOCES Shared Food Service Program Specialist, at (518) 464-5133. Fax (518) 862-4903.