Lunch Program

  • For information, contact Deana Michielini, Food Services Director, Aramark, 282-1882, or michielini-deana@aramark.com

    2021-2022 School Lunch Program   

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Welcome back to school! The North Merrick UFSD will continue to provide all enrolled students with access to school meals each school day.  The District continues to be dedicated to supplying a healthy and nutritious meal to your children. 

    We are pleased to report that the New York State Education Department (SED) has elected the use of the Nationwide waiver flexibilities provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2021-2022 school year   Therefore, beginning the first day of school, students will not be charged for school breakfast and/or lunch.  Please note this does not include any a la carte options. 

    The District lunch program will be completely cashless in the schools.  To facilitate your child’s purchase of any a la carte items, the District offers a pre-payment system. By using the pre-payment system, no cash will exchange hands in the schools. There are two ways for pre-paying for school meals: checks or through online prepayments via (https://www.myschoolbucks.com). If you do not already have a free account, you can go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register. This online payment service provides individuals with a quick and easy way to add money to your child’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. There are different fee options to choose from online. Please note, the District does not receive any revenue on the fee for this service. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose before you are charged. If you do not choose to pay online for use of this service, you still have the option to send in a check to prepay for MySchoolBucks.

    Breakfast and Lunch Ordering:  Once again breakfast and lunch orders are to be filled out online the night before by 11:59 p.m.  Your child’s breakfast and/or lunch can be ordered here at: Virtual Ordering for North Merrick

    Please visit the District website for the lunch menu.

    As per the District’s Meal Charging and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming Policy, a student with a negative balance on their account is unable to purchase ala carte items (snacks), so please remain current with your child’s account. Balances may be routinely viewed if you’ve set up a MySchoolBucks account online.  

    Free and Reduced Meals

    Lastly, although breakfast and lunch are free again this year, parents/guardians are encouraged to apply for free and reduced meal assistance if there is a need. These applications can be found online or at each school. Please note, a new application must be filled out every year.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact Deana Michielini, Food Services Director, Aramark, 282-1882, or michielini-deana@aramark.com.

    Sincerely,

    Thomas P. McDaid, Jr., Esq.

    Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations 

     

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