The USDA is allowing School Food Associations to operate in the same manner as 2020-21. All schools will provide FREE meals to all students grades K-12 in 2021-22. Please remember that it is only the first meal that is free. Any milk, a la carte, seconds or second meals are charged at the regular rate. These prices remain the same as 2020-21 and are found on the schools’ website under School-Food Services-Meal Prices. We also ask that if you think you qualify for meal benefits to fill out the application in the “Meal Benefit Information” area of the website and submit it to your school’s principal. The schools will prepare all meals using the Federal meal patterns which emphasize a renewed focus on providing nutritious meals to best support students’ learning.

Nutrition experts will say, to do its work, the brain needs a sufficient supply of healthy fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. Without a boost at the start of their day, young brains cannot function well. By lunchtime, most children’s bodies are depleted and in dire need of another energy provider*. A nutritious breakfast and lunch composed of lean protein sources, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are critical to every child’s ability to successfully learn at school.

The District is committed to combat hunger by making meals designed to optimize each child’s potential.  This is done by participating in the National School Lunch Program and producing nutritious meals within the guidelines established by the USDA.

If you have questions or concerns please contact:

Barbara Moriarty Jerry Green
Food Service Director Superintendent of Schools
bmoriarty@ftcpioneers.org jjgreen@ftcpioneers.org

* Food and Health with Timi Gustafson RD, Clinical Dietician.