Food Service

School Meals for Virtual Learners
January 14-22, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please be advised the Food Service Team is providing meals both breakfast and lunch to all virtual students daily.  The dates we will be providing this service will be Thursday, January 14th-Friday, January 22nd.  A reminder that Monday, January 18th School is not in session, we will not be providing meals on this day.  You do NOT need to sign up to receive these meals.  When you pick up the meals, we will ask for your child’s name.  If you are already participating in the Virtual Meal Program, you will follow these pick up locations and times as well.

Pick-up locations:

  1. School Cafeteria: Please drive up to the loading dock and ring the bell at the door between the times 11am – 3pm.

    Durham school buses will be stationed at the following locations daily from the hours of 11am-1pm

  2. Harbor Visitor’s Center: 1 Tugboat Alley
  3. Peck Hose Company: 85 Saratoga Ave
  4. Kavanaugh Hook & Ladder Company: 27 Division Street
  5. Waterford-Wesleyan Church: 75 Grace Street

Please Note: Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD has enrolled in a USDA program which provides free meals for all students. Your student’s lunch account will not be charged for any meals taken.

If you have any questions pertaining to the virtual meals, please contact Courtney Edwards, Food Service Manager @ 518-237-0800 ext. 3330 or

Thank you all for supporting the school meal program. As always, it’s a privilege to serve our children. 


School Lunch Procedures  2020-2021

Information Regarding Free Meals for All Students Through December 31, 2020 

Cafeteria Menu

K - 12 Breakfast: $1.00

K-6 Lunch: $1.35

7 - 12 Lunch: $1.60

Reduced Price Lunch: $ .25

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Price Guidelines for Breakfast and Lunch

The Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD is proud to maintain its own school breakfast and lunch program. Many districts contract this service out to privately owned companies and some of the control of food selection, preparation methods, payment options, and other decisions are lost. Our kitchen staff takes pride in their food preparation and works hard to provide a product that our students will enjoy each day.

Our food program follows all New York State Education Department guidelines as per the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

We hope that the following presentation can help parents to better understand our breakfast and lunch program especially in how we determine our pricing for lunches. Please do not hesitate to contact our school if you have any questions.

Price Guidelines for Breakfast and Lunch Service/school lunch program1.pdf

Free and Reduced Price Meals

The Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD offers breakfast and lunch to school aged children each day school is in session. If you think your family might qualify for free or reduced price meals, complete and return the application to school.

2020-2021 Parent Letter.pdf

2020-2021 Free and Reduced Application.pdf

Waterford-Halfmoon School District Policy #5660A

It is the District's goal to provide students with access to nutritious no- or low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a student whose parent/guardian has unpaid meal charges is not shamed or treated differently than a student whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal charges.

Unpaid meal charges place a large financial burden on the District. The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with federal requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances to ensure that the student is not stigmatized, distressed, or embarrassed.

The intent of this policy is to establish procedures to address unpaid meal charges throughout the District in a way that does not stigmatize, distress, or embarrass students. The provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced reimbursable school breakfast, lunch and snack meals only. Charging of items outside of the reimbursable meals (a la carte items, adult meals, etc.) is expressly prohibited.

Access to Meals

a)      Free meal benefit eligible students will be allowed to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal of their choice each day. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.

b)      Reduced meal benefit eligible students will be allowed to receive a breakfast of their choice for $.25 and lunch of their choice for $.25 each day. A student will be allowed to charge a maximum of three (3) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student's parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the District to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.

c)      Full pay students will pay for meals at the District's published paid meal rate each day. A student will be allowed to charge a maximum of three (3) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero. The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student's parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the District to withhold a meal. A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.

Ongoing Staff Training

a)      Staff will be trained annually and throughout the year as needed on the procedures for managing meal charges using the State Education Department (SED) Webinar or the District's training program.

b)      Staff training will include ongoing eligibility certification for free or reduced price meals.

Parent Notification

a)      Parents/guardians will be notified that a student's account balance is exhausted within thirty (30) days and then every week thereafter.

b)      Parents/guardians will be notified that a student has accrued unpaid meal charges within three (3) days of the charge and then every week thereafter.

Parent Outreach

a)      Staff will communicate with parents/guardians with five or more unpaid meal charges to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals.

b)      Staff will make two documented attempts to reach out to parents/guardians to complete a meal application in addition to the application and instructions provided in the school enrollment packet.

c)      Staff will contact the parent/guardian to offer assistance with completion of meal application to determine if there are other issues within the household causing the student to have insufficient funds, offering any other assistance that is appropriate.

d)      District will not use the services of a debt collector.

Minimizing Student Distress

a)      Staff will not publicly identify or stigmatize any student in line for a meal or discuss any outstanding meal debt in the presence of any other students.

b)      Students with unpaid meal charges will not be required to wear a wristband or handstamp, or to do chores or other work to pay for meals.

c)      Staff will not throw away a meal after it has been served because of the student's inability to pay for the meal or because of previous unpaid meal charges.

d)      Staff will not take any action directed at a student to collect unpaid meal charges.

e)      Staff will deal directly with parents/guardians regarding unpaid meal charges.

f)      Staff will not serve alternate meals to students with unpaid meal charges.

Ongoing Eligibility Certification

a)      Staff will conduct direct certification through the New York Student Identification System (NYSSIS) or using SED Roster Upload at least monthly to maximize free eligibility.

b)      Staff will provide parents/guardians with free and reduced price application and instructions at the beginning of each school year in the school enrollment packet.

c)      If the District uses an electronic meal application, it will provide an explanation of the process in the school enrollment packet and instructions on how to request a paper application at no cost.

d)      The District will provide at least two additional free and reduced price applications throughout the school year to families identified as owing meal charges.

e)      The District will use its administrative prerogative to complete an application on a student's behalf judiciously, and only after using exhaustive efforts to obtain a completed application from the student's parent/guardian. The District will complete the application using only available information on family size and income that falls within approvable guidelines.

f)      The District will coordinate with the foster, homeless, migrant, and runaway coordinators at least monthly to certify eligible students.

Prepaid Accounts

Students/Parents/Guardians may pay for meals in advance via the school district’s website or with a check payable to Waterford-Halfmoon School. Further details are available on the District's webpage at Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the possibility that a student may be without meal money on any given day. Any remaining funds for a particular student may be carried over to the next school year.

To obtain a refund for a withdrawn or graduating student, a written or e-mailed request for a refund of any money remaining in the student's account must be submitted. Students who are graduating at the end of the year will be given the option to transfer any remaining money to a sibling's account through a written request.

Unclaimed funds must be requested within one school year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the District Food Service Program.

New York State Child Nutrition Program

Nondiscrimination Statement

"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish)USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

Courtney Edwards, School Lunch Manager

237-0800 ext. 3330