Food Service Department
Unfortunately, meals will not be free of charge to students again this year. In order for students to receive meals free of charge, they must qualify for free or reduced meals. Students become eligible for this benefit through Direct Certification or filling out an income application.
Please fillout an application by clicking this link: https://family.titank12.com/
In addition to receiving meals free of charge, eligible students qualify for additional benefits. Please click the link below for more information:As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the President and Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households up to $30/month (or $75/month for households living on Tribal lands) toward their internet bills, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.
All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price school meals under the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, within the last 12 months, including children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, are eligible for ACP benefits. Households are also independently eligible if (1) their income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level ($55,500 for a family of four); or (2) a member of the household participates in certain other Federal benefit programs—including, among others, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and Federal Public Housing Assistance.
To further lower costs, the Biden-Harris Administration secured commitments from internet service providers across the country to offer high-speed plans that are fully covered by the ACP. As a result, millions of working families can now get high-speed internet without paying a dime.
Families can check their eligibility, sign up, and find fully covered plans at GetInternet.gov (mobile-accessible and available in Spanish) or by calling 877-384-2575.
Menu Challenges and Changes:
The nation is experiencing many supply change issues. While we anticipate serving the planned menu items, there may be times that the menu is changed without notice. Students will continue to receive nutritious, whole-grain rich meals where they are able to receive 3 cups of fruits and vegetables daily. Daily menus include 1 cup of fruit at breakfast, 1 cup of fruit at lunch and 1 cup of vegetables at lunch.
Please contact our office with any questions. We would love to hear from you!! Foodservices@hpcsd.org
Supply Chain shortages are a national issue affecting Food Service Operations across the country. Below are articles to provide information on how our Food Service Operations are affected:
What impacts our menus?
- USDA Regulations. All menus are planned according to regulations put in place by the NY State Child Nutrition Program under the guidance of USDA. There are specific meal pattern regulations based on grade level.
- Items that are included on our bid
- Paper products that are available from distributors
- Food Items that are available from distributors
- Adequate staffing
Free and Reduced Meal Eligibility
While all students are able to receive free meals through June 30, 2022, those students that qualify for free and reduced meals are also eligible to receive additional benefits. Students should still send in Applications if they feel they will qualify for Free or Reduced meals based on income. A letter noting a student's eligibility will be mailed home at the beginning of the year. DO NOT THROW IT OUT!! You will need this documentation to qualify you for other benefits including reduced price for certain testing, insterment renals, P-EBT benifits, and more.
If your income has changed or your kids qualified for free or reduced meals in the past—you may qualify for SNAP. SNAP benefits help you buy the groceries your family needs and supports our local economy. Apply here: www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap
The Food Service Department does not have information on P-EBT Benefits. For additional information, parents may visit NYSOTDA P-EBT Benefits Information Page or call the hotline 1-833-452-0096
NY State Updates on Coronavirus and Operation of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs: https://hungersolutionsny.org/covid-19/
Meal prices for 2021 - 2022 school year
2021-2022 Meal Price
2022-2023 Meal Price
Student Breakfast – All Locations
Reduced Breakfast – All Locations
Adult Breakfast – All Locations
$2.44 includes tax
$2.57 + Tax
HPCSD Elementary Lunch
HPCSD Middle School
HPCSD High School Lunch
Reduced Lunch – All Locations
Adult Lunch – All Locations
$4.87 includes tax
$4.93 + tax
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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