We all recognize that hungry children cannot learn. The first step is ensuring that all students begin the day with a nutritious breakfast at home or at school. School breakfast participation has been shown to improve standardized test scores, make kids more alert in class and improve classroom behavior.
The School Breakfast Program is available to all students every weekday that school is in session. No advanced registration is necessary; your child can attend every day or only occasionally. School breakfast provides your child with ¼ of their nutritional needs each day. School breakfast offers a variety of foods each day, which are both tasty and nutritious.
Thank you for helping us make sure that all of our students start the day alert, well fed and ready to learn.
CCHS- 6:55- 7:25 AM
CCMS- 7:45- 8:05 AM
Willow- 8:35- 9:00 AM
Lee Road- 8:15- 9:15 AM
C-O-H- 8:30- 8:50 AM
Please call the Food Service Office at (845) 534-8009, ext. 7700 for more details about the School Breakfast Program.
Portion Size – is regulated by the USDA through the School Nutrition program. The following detailed information on calories and portion size has also been added to our district website under Food Service.
School Lunch Options – as requests have been made over the years, our Director of Food Service has responded by including those items where possible as options for students/staff. Our menu and offerings are also regulated by the NYS Child Nutrition program.
The School Lunch Program is intended to be a self-sustaining program that is funded through sales, federal and state reimbursements, surplus food, and catering. With the rising minimum wage and food cost increasing, it has posed a challenge to the school lunch fund to continue to be self-sufficient.
The school district must cover any negative lunch account balances at the end of the school year through a transfer to school lunch. If the program were to see a decrease in reimbursable meals, it would decrease the total revenue and could necessitate a subsidy from the district’s annual program budget which would directly impact the funds available for instruction and facilities maintenance/capital project work.
Staff are continuing to review sales records to help inform the amount of food prepared each day in an effort to mitigate waste and contain overall food cost.
They are also judiciously monitoring what is accepted at delivery and served to students to ensure the food is safe for students to eat.
Food is stored at the appropriate temperature and if not it is properly disposed of. Student and staff safety are the focus when questioning whether to dispose of or use an item.
Federal Meal Pattern
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government has issued new nutrition standards for meals served to America’s schoolchildren, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This school year our school lunches will have a new look with many more healthy choices for your child every day! For more information on the Dietary Guidelines, see ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Students will be offered 5 components to their meal at the price set for school lunch this fall:
Milk, Fruit, Vegetable, Grain, Protein
Each student will be able to choose 3, 4 or 5 of these components-however, one must be a fruit or vegetable.
Fruit and Vegetableofferings will be increased
Elementary and Middle School students will be offered ½ cup fruit AND ½ cup vegetable minimum
High School students will be offered 1 cup of fruit and 1 cup of vegetable minimum
Students must take at least 1 choice of fruit or vegetable daily with their meal choice to be charged the meal price
Students refusing both the fruit and vegetable component must be charged a la carte prices for the items on their tray
Affects students at all levels K-12:
5 Vegetable groupsnow must be offered once each week
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