Food Service Director
When the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect in 2010, one of the requirements was that school districts gradually increase their student lunch prices until the revenue per lunch matches the federal free reimbursement level. To comply with this regulation, lunch prices in each of Glens Falls City Schools will increase by ten cents to $2.00 for the 2016-17 school year. Breakfast prices will increase by five cents to $1.30 for all students. The price of milk remains at $.50. As a reminder to parents and guardians, free and reduced-price lunches are available to students whose families meet certain eligibility guidelines.
The Food Services team takes pride in serving nutritionally-balanced, varied, and tasty menu items in each school cafeteria. Whether that means holding student taste-tests of new recipes, or cooking with fresh herbs grown from a school’s garden, the cafeteria staff works to help students get the nutrition they need for better learning in the classroom.
The district encourages parents to use the online school meal payment plan, MySchoolBucks—a secure, web-based system that allows you to put deposits into your child’s meal account, see exactly what he/she bought for lunch on any given day, and even receive a low-balance e-mail alert when your child needs more meal money. To get started, or log in as a returning user, just click the “MySchoolBucks” icon on the right-hand side of this web page.
Lunch menus and other nutritional information are also available on the district web site. If you have any questions about school meals, please give Larry Young a call at 798-1910.
Students at GFSD are given an account with a PIN number to press on a keypad in the lunch line when purchasing lunch/milk. Kitchen staff handles the money and accounts for kindergarten students. We have found this “point of sale” (POS) system makes our lunch periods run more smoothly and efficiently.
Although students may bring in money each day, it is very helpful if parents pre-pay meal money into their child’s account. For instance, $20.00 would pay for the next ten lunches purchased. Checks can be made out to Glens Falls City School District and sent into school with your child, if your family does not use the online payment system, MySchoolBucks. Checks—NOT CASH—are great ways for us to keep a paper trail, especially when payments are traveling to school in our younger students’ backpacks.
Parents now have a resource for making deposits on their children’s school meal accounts: a secure online account system, accessible anywhere, anytime at www.MySchoolBucks.com.
“With current national attention being focused on children’s health and wellness issues, we are excited to provide parents with this easy prepayment service and nutritional resources for making healthy choices,” says the district’s Food Service Director, Larry Young. Using MySchoolBucks.com, parents can deposit money into their child’s account by credit card or PayPal, and even see exactly what their child bought for breakfast or lunch in the past 30 days. By signing up for the “low-balance alert,” parents will also get e-mail notification when their child’s account has dropped below $5.
“By having money in each child’s account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster and students have more time to eat and be with friends,” says Mr. Young.
To create an account on MySchoolBucks, simply click the MySchoolBucks icon on the right.
All parents need is their child’s name, nine-digit student ID number and school ZIP code. Accounts take fewer than three minutes to set up. To ask questions or check a child’s student ID number, call the Food Services Office at 798-1910.