Nutrition Services

Enfield Nutrition Services  

1010 Enfield Street

Enfield CT 06082

860-253-6511

Nutrition Services Updated   Information for
School Year 2021-22  

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING STUDENTS  

Dear Enfield Public Schools Families,

Due to a  waiver available from the USDA, beginning Tuesday, September 7th, all children attending school are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch through the National School Meals Program. This will apply only to children who attend school for in-person learning. There will be no meal pickup to take home like there was last year. This free meal program is available because of the Covid-19 pandemic and is federally funded until the end of the current school year in June 2022.

In person students will receive full meals the same as they did last year, but at no charge. There is still a charge for “milk only” purchases at the elementary schools or if students at the Middle and High school purchase “milk only or a la carte” items. For information on paying for A la Carte items, see Prices and Payments of Lunches tab.

Meal Status Information:
Please note, this is not a change to your current meal status. Your meal status from last year 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 for this school year to be eligible for other  benefits associated with a Free or Reduced meal status – reduced student sport fees, ERfC child care programs discounts, cable internet discounts, etc.

Applications and Direct Certification Information:

An application is available here on this website. It can printed off and completed and returned to our office at 1010 Enfield Street. We will also be emailing applications to families who are not on the Direct Certification list. This list is provided to us from the State of CT. If your students name is on the list, you do not have to fill out an application. The State of CT has not sent out the list yet for this school year. You will be notified by an email or a mailed letter once we get the list if this applies to your student.

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.

 

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 available at schools, at Central Office or to print off this website for those who don't.  


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 their 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