Nutrition Services

Enfield Nutrition Services  

1010 Enfield Street

Enfield CT 06082

860-253-6511

Nutrition Services Update

Dear Enfield Public Schools Families,

Due to a temporary waiver available from the USDA, beginning Monday, November 2, 2020 all children age 18 and younger are eligible to   receive a free breakfast and lunch through the National School Meals Program. This will apply to children who attend in-person learning, children in distance learning and children who do not attend school. This free meal program is available because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be federally funded until the end of the current school year in June 2021.

In person students will receive full meals the same as they are now, but at no charge. There is still a charge for “milk only” purchases or if students at the Middle and High school purchase “a la carte” items.

Remote and Hybrid students and families of preschool aged children can pick up meals at Enfield High School the same way we are currently doing, on Monday and Wednesdays, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and must be ordered in advance. Please contact  rfrench@enfieldschools.org or at 860-253-6511 to arrange for meals. The deadline to order meals is 3:00 pm the day before meal pick up.

Please note, this is not a change to your current meal status. When the waiver expires at the end of this school year, your current meal status will be carried over for the first 30 days of the new school year. While all meals will be at no charge, you will still need to complete an application to be eligible for other  benefits associated with a Free or Reduced meal status – reduced student sport and iPad insurance fees, ERfC child care programs discounts, cable internet discounts, etc.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE COVID WAIVER FREE MEALS

AVAILABLE AT ALL SCHOOLS

 

Q.  Do I need to do anything to get the free meals like complete a waiver or let Nutrition Services know I want them?

A.  No, you do not need to do anything. A full reimbursable breakfast and lunch meal is FREE to all Students.

At the elementary level, your child orders a breakfast or lunch with the teacher just like before. The meal will be rung onto the students account, at no charge. There is a charge if they want “milk only” because they brought a meal from home as the waiver only applies to full meals.

At JFK and EHS, the student goes thru the lunch line and selects the full meal (which includes choice of 3 to 5 different items with one being a fruit or vegetable) and is rung up at no charge. If the student wants something a la carte for example , like just a pizza slice, just a milk or water or ice cream or cookie, then the student will need to pay at the cashier with money or use monies on their account.

When picking up remote meals at Enfield High School, you will need to call and let us know your name and how many children under the age of 18 you will need meals for. You do not have to provide student ID numbers, and the children do not have to attend Enfield Schools.

 

Q.  I have a negative balance on my account from purchases before November 2, 2020. Do I still owe that money?

A.  Yes, you will need to put money on your students account to pay off the negative balance. The free meals apply to meals received after November 2, 2020.

Q.  I have money on my students account, what happens to that money since meals are free?

A.  Money on accounts can be used for a la cart purchases. All money on student accounts stays with the student from year to year, it follows them to their next grade level and school. When a student moves out of district or graduates, any money left on the students account can be transferred to a sibling in the school system or refunded. Contact Nutrition Services to arrange for a transfer or a refund of money on student accounts.

Q.  I am set up for auto payments to my students’ lunch account. They do not need any more money on their account, what do I do?

              A. Go into your MySchoolBucks.com account and turn off AutoPay if you have it scheduled.

Q.  Does this mean my students now have a FREE meal status that makes me eligible for reduced fees?

A. No, this is a waiver so that Nutrition Services can claim all the meals served at the FREE rate of reimbursement. A student’s meal status is determined by filling out a Free/Reduced Meal Application OR is receiving SNAP or other qualifying benefits so that the students name is listed on the Direct Certification list we receive from the State Dept. of Education.  

Q. I do not need to receive free meals, can I pay for meals instead?

A. Since this is a district wide waiver, it applies to all students who chose a reimbursable meal. It is funded by a Federal grant, there is no cost for the district.




Covid Related Changes:
As you are aware, due to the current circumstances many things have changed in our department. The modified menus can be found under Monthly Lunch Menus. Applications for Free & Reduced price meals are being
sent electronically to families with email addresses on
file and will be mailed out to those who don't. Applications are also available on our website and at all the schools and at  Central Office.
All the schools will be eating in their classrooms and
"hot" lunch at the elementary level is currently a "cold" lunch. JFK and EHS lunches are also very different, please refer to the menus to see the changes. There is also information in the menu section about how to arrange to pick up meals when your student is not physically at school.

Breakfast has also had to be modified and will begin on September 14th for the Elementary Schools. There is information on the Elementary Menu about those changes. JFK and EHS breakfast has also had modifications. Please refer to information sent home to parents for those schools. 

Thank you for your understanding of these changes and we look forward to returning to "normal" whenever that may be!
If there is anything we haven't addressed that you still have questions about please call us at 860-253-6511.


SENIOR REFUND INFORMATION
Important Information concerning Graduated Senior Students or students who have withdrawn with Balances left on Account.
Please contact our office to arrange for a refund for any SENIOR or withdrawn students who have monies left on their account. All other students monies will automatically transfer to their new assigned school. Please call 860-253-6511 and please leave a message if there is no answer. We will return your call as soon as possible.
Thank you,

Nutrition Services Department


Please see the Welcome Back to school  message below for new information.

Join us for Breakfast at
Enfield Public Schools!

 Times?           
Elementary Schools:    Starts 15 minutes prior to the start of school.                        

JFK Middle School: Before first period starts -7:41 to7:48 

High Schools:  Before first period starts - 7:10 to 7:26  

What do you get?  
 At the Elementary Schools:  Get your “Grab~a~Bag” breakfast in the cafeteria. Eat in the cafeteria or save it for snack time in the classroom. If you can’t finish before it’s time to go to homeroom, unopened items can be put back in the bag and you can bring it to your classroom and eat it during snack time.

At JFK Middle School: Select from choice of items to make a reimbursable breakfast.

At the High Schools: Select from a choice of items to make a reimbursable breakfast or just grab a quick snack.

Breakfast offerings include healthy whole grain breakfast items, fruit or juice, and fat free or 1% white or chocolate milk.

 

What does it cost?

            Free if you have an approved free lunch application* on file.

            $.25  if you have an approved reduced lunch application* on file.

            $1.00  Elementary Full Price &  JFK Middle       School.                                                                                                                  $1.50 High School Full Price (if you do not have an approved application on file).


*Applications can be obtained at your school or on the tab to your left. Bring completed application to any school for processing.

How do you pay?  
            Elementary students pay in the breakfast line the same day they want breakfast or can use online meal account funds (myschoolsbucks.com). If sending in money to put on account, p
ayments should be in an envelope marked with the student’s first and last name, classroom  # and that it is for STUDENTS MEAL ACCOUNT. All monies sent in will be applied to the students meal account. No change will be returned.  

            High School and Middle school students pay in line or can prepay at myschoolbucks.com. 

Any questions? Call our office ~ Nutrition Services 860-253-6511

 Start your day the healthy way!


 

Enfield Nutrition Services
27 Shaker Road  Enfield Ct   860-253-6511 or -6509
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my school bucks logo
Online payment is available at all of Enfield Public Schools !

    Go to  MySchoolBucks.com to create your account. Follow instructions on website to put money on student account or 
to access their purchase history!


Welcome to the new school year!
August 2020

 Elementary Lunch  $1.75 
Secondary Lunch $2.25.

  Dear Enfield Families,

    Welcome back to school! I hope you and your families had a great summer and are ready for a new school year.  Please keep reading to hear about any changes for this school year.
     All of our grain items are now considered "whole grain" meaning at least 51% of the grain ingredients are whole grains. The remaining grains must be enriched.  Any items containing grains are affected by this which results in healthier entree and snack items. In addition, the items sold as a la carte and snacks (cookies and ice cream) also have to meet new regulations limiting calories, fat and sodium levels. As a result, we have changed the cookies and ice cream we sell to reflect these healthy regulations. 

    Lunch price at K-5 schools is $1.75. Lunch at JFK Middle School and Enfield High School is $2.25.  Students approved for free or reduced price lunches can also get breakfast.  Please encourage your child to eat both meals and take advantage of the benefit you receive.  The cost for breakfast at K-5 schools and JFK Middle school for those with paid status is $1.00 and at Enfield HIgh School is $1.50. More information on the breakfast program at your school will be sent home via your student.

    School meals offer students a nutritious and well balanced lunch consisting of milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and whole grains, and must meet strict limits on saturated fats and portion size.       

     The New Meal Pattern is reflected in our menus.  Monthly menus are sent to you via the school your child attends at the elementary level. In addition, all school menus are posted on our website:  http://www.enfieldschools.org .   Just click on District Departments, and then Nutrition Services. In addition to the menus you will find other useful information such as free and reduced meal applications, snow day cancellation menu changes and payment information. 


Thank you,
 
Diane Edwards
Director of Nutrition Services