• 2023-2024 School Meal Program


    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Welcome back to the start of a new school year! 

    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.  For those families who do not qualify for free/reduced priced meals, the full-priced standard breakfast will be $2.00 and lunch will be $3.30 for all schools.



    New Food Service Management Company for the 2023/24 School Year


    Starting in September, Whitson’s Nutrition, LLC will replace Aramark Educational Services, LLC, as the district’s food service management company.   It is the district’s goal, with its partnership with Whitson’s, to serve nutritious, well- balanced meals that appeal to students and the school community. We are pleased to provide a comprehensive school meal program that meets the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program requirements and engages students in developing a positive attitude on healthy eating.  The district will continue to work collaboratively with Whitson’s for the health and safety of your children.



    To facilitate your child’s purchase of any food item, the district offers a pre-payment system. By using the pre-payment system, no cash will exchange hands in 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 their 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.

    Please contact the Food Service Office, at (516) 282-1882 or by email at Dagostinod@whitsons.com to discuss any myschoolbucks issues.  


    Meal Charging and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming Policy


    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.  For the first week of school, snacks may be limited for purchase, to ensure that all students purchasing lunch are served.  It may take a few days for Whitson’s to establish their own routines, as they familiarize themselves with our schools and students.  

    Free and Reduced Meals

    The 2023-24 free/reduced price meal applications are available on our website or through this direct link. If you have any questions, please contact the Business Office at (516) 292-3696.

    Application (English):   23/24 free and reduced application english

    Application (Spanish): 23/24 free and reduced application spanish

    Special Dietary Needs

    Please note, meals can be modified for students with disabilities and allergies. Please contact the Food Service Office, at (516) 282-1882 or by email at Dagostinod@whitsons.com to discuss any special dietary needs.

    Thank you and we look forward to a great new school year.



    Thomas P. McDaid, Jr., Esq.

    Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations 







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