Children need healthy meals to learn. Chatham Central School District offers healthy meals every school day.
Chatham CSD is temporarily offering ALL students meals at NO COST! Thanks to a USDA program to assist families during the COVID-19 crisis, the USDA is covering the cost of all meals served by our school cafeteria program. This means all students Pre-k to Grade 12 participating in remote, hybrid or in-person learning are eligible for free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-22 school year. No registration is required!
Current 2021-22 Meal Prices
Breakfast: No Cost
Lunch: No Cost
Online Prepayment for School Meals
Chatham’s Food Service Department provides parents a convenient, easy and secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time. This service also provides parents the ability to view your child’s account balance through a website called myschoolbucks.com. By having money in each child’s account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster and your child has more time to eat and be with friends. Also, parents will have the ability to print out a copy of their child’s eating history report. This history report will show you all dates and times that your child has purchased a breakfast or lunch within the past thirty days. Learn more.
Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Sign up now! Children from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free meals or reduced-price meals. Reduced-price meals cost each eligible student $0.25 for lunch or breakfast. To learn more about free or reduced-price meals and download an application, please visit our Free and Reduced-Meals page. Registering for this program is completely confidential. Even with our school being able to offer free meals for all students this year under at temporary USDA program, it is important to register for these benefits.
Federal Nutrition Standards
School cafeterias across the country are required to meet federal nutrition standards that aim to promote a healthy lifestyle and address the rising rate of childhood obesity and increased health complications in our population. The guidelines set regulations for portion size yet offer a wide variety of milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains. Examples of these new federal regulations include:
- Specific portion sizes individualized for each grade range (K-5, 6-8, 9-12)
- Only fat free or low fat milk being offered (flavored milk will only be offered as fat free)
- Larger servings and more variety of fruits and vegetables
- More whole grain products such as breads, pasta, and cereals
- Specific calorie ranges, limited saturated fats and only naturally occurring trans fats
- Students must select a minimum of a ½ cup of fruit or vegetable on their tray
Chatham CSD’s food service staff work within these guidelines to create healthy, tasty, and convenient meals for students. If you would like more information regarding meal pattern requirements, please contact: Barbara Murray, Food Service Supervisor at 518-392-1536 or visit the Child Nutrition website at: www.nysed.gov. Another good online resource for parents can be found at www.choosemyplate.gov.
Meal Charge Policy
The goal of our District is to provide students access to nutritious low-cost or no-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a student whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not treated differently than a student whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees.
If you have questions about Chatham Central School District’s Food Services or prepayment, please contact Barbara Murray, Food Service Supervisor, at 518-392-1536.