Families encouraged to apply for the National School Meal Program
All Fonda-Fultonville students will be served breakfast and lunch at no cost through the 2021-22 school year. This is made possible through USDA grant funding through June 2022, or until the funding runs out.
Although meals are being provided to all students at no cost at this time, we are still encouraging families to complete the free and reduced-price meal program application. This will help ensure there is a seamless transition for families who receive free and reduced-price meals when the grant funding expires. Benefits of qualifying for free and reduced-price meals also extend beyond the cafeteria.
Resources available for families
Families who may be experiencing hardships are encouraged to visit Hunger Solutions New York for information about the Pandemic EBT and SNAP eligibility. FFCS is not involved in these programs but we are sharing this information as a resource for our school families who may need extra support at home.
Food service procedures new this year
- One meal choice will be provided for students who purchase their meals at school. Meals will be individually wrapped.
- Parents can order their child’s breakfast and lunch online in the morning (see below).
- Meals will be prepackaged and served in classrooms and in cafeterias depending on the grade. The district will ensure social distancing between individuals while eating in the school cafeteria. Cafeteria tables will have a see-through divider.
- Meal accounts must be maintained throughout the week/month through MySchoolBucks.
How to order meals
New this year, families now have the option to order school meals online every morning when attending school in-person. This option will be made available on the health screening form that families must complete every morning before students come to school or before they get on the school bus. Please check your email for a separate message with this information. Simply check the box if you would like a meal made for your child that day.
How to have meals delivered during remote learning
Families of students who are home during the remote learning portion of our hybrid learning model can request to have meals delivered to their homes. Please contact Food Service Manager Vicki Palmer at 518-853-4508 x4260 or email at email@example.com no later than Sept. 14 to have your child’s meals delivered.
- To view the breakfast and lunch menus for the elementary, middle and high schools, go to https://fondafultonville.nutrislice.com/menu.
FFCS uses an interactive website and smartphone app called Nutrislice to show breakfast and lunch menus. Nutrislice shows nutritional and allergy information for the items that are served. Read more and watch a how-to video at https://www.fondafultonvilleschools.org/nutrislice/.
- Milk: $0.80
- Breakfast: $1.30
- Elementary school lunch: $2.65
- Middle school lunch: $2.75
- High school lunch: $2.90
The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District has a “Breakfast After the Bell” program. It enables students to purchase and eat breakfast when and where it is most convenient for them.
Log in to your account at www.MySchoolBucks.com.
The Food Service Department is excited to provide parents a convenient, easy and secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time. This service also provides parents the ability to view your child’s account balance through a website called MySchoolBucks.com. By having money in each child’s account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster so your child has more time to eat and be with friends.
Each student has a unique school meal account that can be accessed by their student ID number. You may obtain this number by calling your child’s school office, or by calling Vicki Palmer at 518-853-4508 ext. 4260.
Things to know
- If you have more than one child in the district, you can handle all online prepayments from the same online account. You may fund up to $120 per child, but you may pay for all your children on a single transaction.
- Payments may be made through an existing PayPal account, major credit, debit card and electronic check option.
- In order to use the online prepayment service, a small convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover the bank fees. The convenience fee is $2.49 per deposit transaction.
- Parents placing money into multiple meal accounts will only be assessed the $1.95 fee once per deposit transaction. Fonda-Fultonville Central School District will not profit from the use of this site.
- If you choose not to take advantage of the online prepayment service, you may continue to make advance payments via cash or check, which should be made payable to the FFCS Cafeteria. Please write your child’s full name within memo on the check.
Money left at the end of the school year
Did you have a money left over in your child’s lunch account in June? Well don’t worry, that money is still there. All account balances simply roll over to the next year. If you had $15 remaining at the end of school, you begin this school year with a $15 balance. Not sure what is in your account? Just visit the MySchoolBucks website to check your balance.
Reminder to Seniors: If you are a graduating senior and have auto-payment set up, please remember to stop your auto-payments or after June, MySchoolBucks will continue to place money into your account.
Forms can now be submitted online
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and New York State understand the importance of healthy meals for growing children. We encourage all district families to apply and see if they qualify for free or reduced-priced meals at school. Please note that all information received on applications is strictly confidential and students’ who receive a benefit are never identified.
The Free & Reduced-Price Meal Program application can now be completed and submitted electronically. The form can be downloaded and completed on your technology device and then submitted to the school district through our Secure Upload System. Paper forms may also be submitted to your child’s school building office.
- Free & Reduced Price Meal Program Application
- Letter to Parents for School Meal Programs
- Solicitud de Familia para las Comidas Escolares y Leche Gratis o Precios Reducidos
- Carta para los padres para los programas de alimentos escolares
How and when can I apply for my child?
- If your household gets SNAP and/or TANF benefits, an application is NOT needed if you submit your household’s direct certification letter to the school or are identified through other school district resources.
- One application per household lasts for the entire school year.
- It is best to fill out and return the application at the beginning of the school year.
- A free/reduced application can also be submitted at any time.
- Your information will remain confidential as well as the ability to buy lunch at a free and reduced cost will remain confidential with the PIN based lunch software system utilized by the district.
- Income eligibility guidelines and other detailed information about the program are available on the USDA’s website.
Tips for filling out the application
When filling out the application form, please pay careful attention to these helpful hints.
- SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number: This must be the complete valid case number supplied to you by the agency including all numbers and letters, for example, E123456, or whatever combination is used in your county. Refer to a letter you received from your local Department of Social Services for your case number or contact them for your number.
- Foster Child: A child who is living with a family but who is under the legal care of the welfare agency or court may be listed on your family application. List the child’s “personal use” income. This includes only those funds provided by the agency which are identified for the personal use of the child, such as personal spending allowances, money received by his/her family, or from a job. Funds provided for housing, food and care, medical, and therapeutic needs are not considered income to the foster child. Write “0” if the child has no personal use income.
- Household: A group of related or non-related people who are living in one house and share income and expenses.
- Adult Family Members: All related and non-related people who are 21 years of age and older living in your house.
- Financially Independent: A person is financially independent and a separate economic unit/household when his or her earnings and expenses are not shared by the family/household.
- Current Gross Income: Money earned or received at the present time by each member of your household before deductions. Examples of deductions are federal tax, State tax, and Social Security deductions. If you have more than one job, you must list the income from all jobs. If you receive income from more than one source (wage, alimony, child support, etc.), you must list the income from all sources. Only farmers, self-employed workers, migrant workers, and other seasonal employees may use their income for the past 12 months reported from their 1040 Tax Forms. Examples of gross income are:
- Wages, salaries, tips, commissions, or income from self-employment
- Net farm income – gross sales minus expenses only – not losses
- Pensions, annuities, or other retirement income including Social Security retirement benefits
- Unemployment compensation
- Welfare payments (does not include value of SNAP)
- Public Assistance payments
- Adoption assistance
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Survivor’s Benefits
- Alimony or child support payments
- Disability benefits, including workman’s compensation
- Veteran’s subsistence benefits
- Interest or dividend income
- Cash withdrawn from savings, investments, trusts, and other resources which would be available to pay for a child’s meals
- Other cash income
- Income Exclusions: The value of any child care provided or arranged, or any amount received as payment for such child care or reimbursement for costs incurred for such care under the Child Care Development (Block Grant) Fund should not be considered as income for this program.
If you have any questions or need help in filling out the application form, please contact Vicki Palmer at 518-853-4508 ext. 4260.
If your student has dietary restrictions, please communicate this directly to our district school nurse. Once this information is received, along with a signed physician’s note, it will be passed to the Food Services department.
Food Items Containing Allergens
- Soy: bread, dinner roll, hamburger or hot dog bun, english muffins, saltine or graham crackers, pasta, vegetable oil, wraps, pancakes, waffles, mini-burger, chicken patty, chicken nuggets, hot dog, turkey burger, beefy patty crumbles, tuna fish, chicken dark meat strips, fajita chicken strips, taco meat, taco shell, gravy mix, soup base, pizza crust, bagels, cereal corn flakes, raisin bran contains trace of soy, dressing packets, margarine
- Wheat: wheat bread and rolls, pizza crust, crackers, saltine or graham, pasta, pancakes, waffles, mini burger, chicken patties, chicken nuggets, turkey burger, chicken dark meat strips, cheese sticks, any breaded item, bagels, soup base, gravy mix, cereal corn flake, raisin bran
- Milk: pancakes, waffles, cheese sticks, cheese, dairy products, yogurt, ranch, caesar dressing, instant mashed potato, margarine, any breaded item
- Egg: mayo, cheese sticks, egg salad, any breaded item, egg noodles, waffles, pancakes, most baked goods
- Peanut or Nut or Tree Nut: peanut butter, baked good made with nuts, coconut or coconut oil. Non-dairy whip topping contains coconut oils. Reminder, check content in cooking oil before baking with it.