Information About School Breakfast, School Lunch and Payment Options
All elementary schools have breakfast available from one half hour before school starts for the day.
In the Middle School, we have started “Breakfast in the Classroom” an initiative that brings breakfast to the classroom or another designated area. This breakfast is similar to any other breakfast that is served. The student has to make a choice, consisting of juice or fruit, some days a pastry, “cereal on the go,” as well as other items. There is milk available, which a student must pick up on the way through the cafeteria.
There is a hot item (an entrée), served with a fruit or juice, and a milk and an option of cold cereal, or items such as a bagel or other breakfast items.
We serve free breakfast to elementary and middle school students (K-7).
The Greenfield Public Schools Nutritional Services extends the privilege of "Universal Breakfast" to all students in the elementary and middle school through a combination of some state and federal programs as well as from funds from the school lunch program.
In the High School, there are hot items available, as well as bagels, English muffins, and cold cereal. We offer a variety of milks, as well as fresh fruit and juices. Pricing is available according to income levels of the family.
At all levels of school, we encourage our students to make an application for free or reduced meals. This simple gesture or the taking of time to fill out this application has a great impact on how the Greenfield Public Schools qualify for additional State and Federal funds.
At the Preschool, there is a daily offering of a hot entrée, with vegetables and fruit. In addition to the hot meal, there is a daily offering of a sandwich meal or a Sun butter and jelly sandwich meal. Prepayment of meals is the preferred option.
In the Elementary level, we offer hot entrées daily, and the availability of a sandwich meal or a Sun butter and Jelly Sandwich. There is a daily selection of fresh and cooked vegetables as well as a variety of fresh and processed fruits. Prepaymentof meals is the preferred option.
The Middle School brings an even greater variety of foods. The entrées are a daily selection of a great variety of foods, from pizza to chef salads, and different hot entrées daily. We stress that students start to develop a taste for some of the different fruits and vegetables that are available on a daily basis. Prepayment of meals is the option.
Greenfield High School offers to all of the student body, the ability to vary their diets daily. We offer daily: a hot entrée with fruits and vegetables. A variety of hot sandwiches, a daily pizza offering, and the sandwich bar in which the students may compose a sandwich, wrap, sub, or a sandwich on a bulky roll. The key word at the High School level is one of choice. Students from eighth grade through graduation must assume the responsibility to pay for their own meals.
Payment options Payment options for parents, if they do not qualify for free meals, include paying at the cash register, daily or in advance for the week, or paying online with a credit card on the Greenfield Public Schools website (www.gpsk12.org).
Look for the "My Nutrikids" logo which is in the Table of Contents on the left hand side of every district Web page. You will need your child's LASID number. The school secretary can give you this information. The number follows your child until graduation from Greenfield Schools. Simply follow the directions and you can pay by credit card or you may make payments at 141 Davis Street, at the Nutritional Services office.
Parent Guardian Notification Letter
School Lunch Pricing
August 28, 2012
Dear Parent / Guardian,
Children need healthy meals to learn, Greenfield Public Schools offers a healthy meal every school day,
The meal prices for the 2012-13 school year are:
High School Breakfast
PreK through Middle School (PreK-Grade 7)
Breakfast is Free
We would encourage you to file an application for free or reduced meals.
We cannot approve an application that is not complete, and the parent is responsible for any charges incurred prior to the application being approved. Return the application to your child’s school as soon as possible. Approval of an application will become effective on the date that the application is received in the school cafeteria.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Who can get free or reduced meals?
Children in households getting Food Stamps or TAFN and foster children. Also if your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Chart, your child may receive free or reduced meals
Will the information be checked?
Yes, we may ask for proof of the information that you provided.
If I do not qualify now, may I apply later?
You may apply at any time during the school year, if your household size goes up, your income goes down, or you start receiving Food Stamps, or TAFN. If you lose your job, your children may be able to get free or reduced meals during the time that you are unemployed after you file the application with the school cafeteria.
What if my household size or income changes?
If your children qualify for free or reduced prices based on your income, you must tell us if your household size goes up or down, or if your income goes up by more than $ 50. per month. Call us at 772-1334. You may have to fill out another application at this time.
What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?
You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Food and Nutritional Services, Greenfield Public Schools, 141 Davis Street, Greenfield, MA 01301, Telephone: 413-772-1334.
If you have any other questions or need help, call 772-1334.
Sincerely, Bernie Novak Director of Food and Nutritional Services.
The School Lunch/Breakfast program is a non-profit business that is not supported by local tax dollars. All monies needed to operate come from daily revenues and state and federal subsidies. Any funds in excess of those needed for day to day operation are used to purchase new equipment and maintain existing equipment. We are also required to have a reserve to cover periods of decreased revenue.
Since its inception the National School Lunch Program has always had as its premise the desire to ensure that school age children had adequate nourishment. Recent studies have conclusively associated proper nourishment with a child’s ability to learn. To that end we have no desire to deny any child the opportunity to eat a meal in the Greenfield Public School Cafeteria; however we cannot allow students to borrow meals without consequence.
The following policies are currently in effect:
Greenfield High School: High School students are presumed to be responsible enough to have money to purchase meals with them daily. High School Students are not allowed to borrow in the cafeteria at all.
Greenfield Middle School: Middle School Students are also presumed to be responsible enough to bring money with them daily. However we recognize that they may forget on occasion. And an accommodation will be made for that day.
Greenfield Elementary Schools: The computerized point of sale tracks those accounts that have a negative balance. Notices will be sent home at a minimum of every week. If your child owes money to the cafeteria we would appreciate your prompt response. If after five days of “borrowing” the account has not been paid, the student will be given a cold cheese sandwich and a milk.. The parent will be notified. The student will no longer receive meals THREE DAYS FROM THE MAILING OF THE COLLECTION LETTER. At the time of mailing if you have exceeded the limits on this type of account. If you need to work out a payment plan (call the individual school cafeteria manager; and need to file an application for free or reduced lunch, please request an additional copy of the application from your school.
If the application for free or reduced status is accepted, the parent is still responsible for the balance due, as the change of status is NOT retroactive for past due balances.
If a negative balance exceeds the total of fifteen dollars for a middle school student, or thirteen dollars and fifty cents for an elementary student, or two dollars and forty cents for a reduced price student, the above will apply. If a student’s status changes, the parent must pay the bill in full in order to revert to a regular meal.
For all Greenfield Public School Parents: If you wish to pay ahead for your child/children meals you may do so for your own convenience. . In the 2012--2013 school year, payments may be made on line. Information will is available on our web site. For further information please go to our website www.gpsk12.org and click on the www.MyNutrikids.com link. From this link, you may pay your child’s account. All you will need is the child’s name, student ID number and the zip code 01301. or see our instructions under the GPSK dropdown bar on the website.
Dear Parent or Guardian:
The Greenfield Public Schools wants to provide a healthy school environment for all students. That means offering nourishing food and drink choices that will promote students’ growth and development, learning, and healthy life-long eating habits.
As part of the effort to improve children’s health in Massachusetts, the State Legislature asked the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health and Elementary and Secondary Education to develop nutrition standards for our public schools. We would like to tell you about how these standards will be applied in your child’s school beginning in August, 2012. The nutrition standards support our goals for student health and academic achievement by concentrating on serving nutrient-rich, minimally processed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy products. The new standards were developed by health and education experts using the Institute of Medicine’s Nutrition Standards for Food in School and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and are focused on what are called “competitive” foods and drinks sold or provided in public schools during the school day. The standards do not apply to school meals programs, which follow USDA national guidelines.
Competitive foods and drinks are those provided in:
School cafeteria à la carte items (sold separately from school meals)
School stores, snack bars, vending machines and concession stands
School booster sales, fund-raising activities and other school-sponsored or school-related events
School buildings and any other location on school property, including classrooms and hallways
The standards apply to items sold or provided from 30 minutes before the beginning of the school day until 30 minutes after the school day ends. However, foods and drinks sold in vending machines must meet the standards at all times. Attached please find an “at-a-glance” summary of the standards.
We invite you to join us in working with other parents, teachers, nutrition services, school staff and the community through our Greenfield Public School Wellness Advisory Committee to put the new standards in place in our schools. We welcome your ideas and support in creating a healthier school environment for our students. Some of the activities you might consider becoming involved in include Greenfield school wellness activities.
Please feel free to call us at 413-772-1334 with any questions and ideas you may have. More information about children’s wellness and nutrition is available at http://www.mass.gov/massinmotion.
Bernie Novak, Director of Food and Nutritional Services