Food Services

Food Distribution Schedule

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       *Breakfast $1.85  FREE/ Lunch  $2.85 FREE/Milk $.75
Middle/High School      *Breakfast $2.00 FREE/ Lunch  $3.00 FREE/Milk $.75

*Due to new regulations and waivers because of COVID-19, beginning November 2, 2020 and continuing through the end of the 2020-2021 school year (June 2021), school breakfast and lunch meals will be free to all VC students, whether they are in-person, remote, or 100% online. Remote/Online students should order meals on the form available on the school webpage, and pick up the meal at the school.  Meals are not available on days that school is not in session.  Milk bought alone and ala carte items (ala carte items only available at secondary level) are not part of the free program. 

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.