Food Services

The Valley Central School District believes one of the most important ways in which we can help our children perform better in their classrooms is to provide them with the nutrition necessary for the healthy growth of their minds and bodies. Therefore, we provide breakfast and lunch in our Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

We invite all students to show their support for their school food service program through frequent participation.

Elementary School Students       Breakfast $1.85 / Lunch  $2.85/Milk $.75
Middle/High School Students      Breakfast $2.00/ Lunch  $3.00/Milk $.75

At Valley Central, we work with a local farmer to obtain all of our fresh fruits and vegetables. Our menu for both Breakfast and Lunch meets all the required nutrition regulated by NYS Child Nutrition Program. A nutritional analysis is available. There are five components to the lunch meal: Meat/meat alternative, Grain, Vegetable, and Fruit and Milk.

Elementary, Middle and High school students use the WebSmart automated cashier system using their school ID number. Parents may contact MySchoolbucks.com to set up student accounts, or with a check payable to Valley Central School District, or money can be given directly to the cashier to place on your child’s account. 

CHARGING SCHOOL MEALS AND PROHIBITION AGAINST MEAL SHAMING

The goal of the Valley Central School District is to provide student access to nutritious no- or low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a pupil whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a pupil whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees. Unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our school.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with federal requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and, and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances to ensure that the student is not stigmatized, distressed or embarrassed. The intent of this policy is to establish procedures to address unpaid meal charges throughout the Valley Central School District in a way that does not stigmatize, distress or embarrass students. The provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced reimbursable school breakfast, lunch and snack meals only.

The Valley Central School District provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their money. Charging of items outside of the reimbursable meals (a la carte items, adult meals, etc.) is expressly prohibited.

Everyone is encouraged to fill out the Free and Reduced Application .  Applications can be returned to your youngest child’s building or faxed to (845) 457-3003.  Only one application per household is needed.

Free Meal Benefit 

Free eligible students will be allowed to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal of their choice each day. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid. Learn more about Free Meal Benefit here. 

Reduced Meal Benefit

Reduced eligible students will be allowed to receive a breakfast of their choice for $.25 and lunch of their choice for $.25 each day. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students unless the student’s parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. Please contact eleanore.mills@vcsdny.org  to provide such permission. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid. Learn more about Reduced Meal Benefit here

Full Pay Students

Students will pay for meals at the school’s published paid meal rate each day. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student’s parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.

MySchoolbucks.com

Students/Parents/Guardians may pay for meals in advance via myschoolbucks.com or with a check payable to Valley Central School District, or money can be given directly to the cashier to place on your child’s account. Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the possibility that a child may be without meal money on any given day.
Any remaining funds for a particular student may/will be carried over to the next school year.

Refunds for withdrawn, and graduating students; a written or e-mailed request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. Students who are graduating at the end of the year will be given the option to transfer to a sibling’s account with a written request.
Unclaimed Funds must be requested within one school year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Valley Central School District Food Service Program.

VCSD Wellness Policy

The Valley Central School District recognizes that schools play a critical role in promoting student health, preventing childhood obesity and combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical activity. The Valley Central School District is committed to providing a school environment and experiences which promote healthy choices and physical activity.

P-EBT Summer Meals

Many families in Orange County are starting to receive Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) food benefits. P-EBT is a new program in response to #COVID19 school closures. It provides families $420 in food benefits for each child who receives free or reduced-price school lunch under the National School Lunch Program. Learn more about P-EBT: hungersolutionsny.org/pebt

Pandemic-EBT is a new crisis response nutrition program activated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide food benefits to approximately 2.1 million children across the state who would have received free or reduced-price school meals if not for the school closures. Learn more about P-EBT: hungersolutionsny.org/pebt

Our students may go to neighboring school districts that provide summer meals: Pine Bush, Newburgh, Middletown
Also, Neighborhood Communities provide meals for the summer as well. 
Call  1-866-3-HUNGRY or text: “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to find the nearest program.
Programs can also be found at:  https://www.fns.usda.govmeals4kids or www.summermealsny.org.