Lexington Public Schools

Food Services

Food Service Program

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES FOR NEXT SCHOOL (2022-2023)

Last week, Congress passed an appropriations package that unfortunately, did not include language allowing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend current child nutrition waivers past June 30th of this year. As a result, schools in Massachusetts and across the country will NOT be able to provide universal free meals to students for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

Starting the first day of school in the 2022-2023 school year, student meals will cost the following:

$2.00 - Student Breakfast/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility Students - $.30

$3.75 - Student Lunch/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility Students - $.40

$4.00 - Deli and Salad Bars at middle schools/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility Students - $.40

$4.50 - Premium Meals at high school/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility Students - $.40

$.75 - *NEW*: The single price for a carton of milk separate from the school lunch or breakfast is $.75.

2022-2023 FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS WILL BE EMAILED TO ALL PARENTS IN JULY

Low income families who have been approved for free or reduced price lunch this year will continue to have this benefit for 30 days after the first day of school during the 2022-2023 school year. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to fill out a Free and Reduced Lunch Application every year if their family is income eligible (see income chart below for the 2021-2022 school year) to receive this benefit yearly.. Even though all breakfasts and lunches are free for the rest of this year, a Free and Reduced Lunch application approved for this year will allow income eligible families to keep this benefit for 30 days after the first day of school for this up coming school year.

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year 2021-2022 (WILL BE UPDATED IN JULY 2022)

Household size Yearly Monthly Weekly

1 $23,828 $1,986 $459

2 $32,227 $2,686 $620

3 $40,626 $3,386 $782

4 $49,025 $4,086 $943

5 $57,424 $4,786 $1,105

6 $65,823 $5,486 $1,266

7 $74,222 $6,186 $1,428

8 $82,621 $6,886 $1,589

Free and Reduced lunch DOES NOT include ala carte items such as water, cookies, snacks, icecream, extra slice of pizza etc.

In July, a 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Lunch Application will be emailed to all parents and guardians. Lexington Public Schools also offers an online Free and Reduced Lunch application as well. The link to the online Free and Reduced Lunch Application is https://www.myschoolapps.com/. You can also get this link on the Lexington Public Schools website (Parents tab/Food Services tab/Scroll down to Free and Reduced Lunch Information).

If you have any questions, please contact me at dharvey@lexingtonma.org or by phone at 781-861-2580 x68062.

The Lexington Public Schools Food Service Program is an important component to the overall educational experience designed to support students, staff, and the overall community by promoting lifelong healthy eating habits, encouraging a positive learning experience for students, and by providing nutritious and satisfying food in a safe and positive environment. All menu items meet National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Health Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA), and state nutrition guidelines and are analyzed and approved by a Registered Dietician (RD). In addition to the previously described areas, Lexington's Food Service program is compliant with the School Committee's Wellness Policy.

To contact Whitson's food service director, you can Email Kevin Silvia at ksilvia@lexingtonma.org


Free and Reduced Breakfast & Lunch Information:

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are emailed in July to all registered student households. PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY NEED TO FILL OUT THIS FORM IF THEIR FAMILY IS IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL FOOD ASSISTANCE BY THE STATE THIS YEAR AND ARE LOW INCOME. ***ONLY ONE FORM NEEDS TO BE FILLED OUT PER FAMILY EITHER BY HARD COPY OR ONLINE APPLICATION***.

The 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Lunch Application is not currently available. It will be posted on this website when the application becomes available at the end of July 2022.

Breakfast & Lunch Account Set Up

Lexington Public Schools offers mySchoolBucks.com, a convenient online service that allows you to securely pay for your child’s school meals using your credit/debit card or electronic check.

My School Bucks

MySchoolBucks Set Up Instructions and Information

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

MASSHealth Nondiscimination information found HERE