School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Pine Bush Central School District proudly participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. The School Nutrition department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students’ health, well-being and their ability to learn. We believe that one of the most important ways in which we can help our children perform better in their classrooms is to provide them with the nutrition necessary for the healthy growth of their minds and bodies. Therefore, we provide breakfast and/or lunch in our schools every day. We invite students to show their support for their school food service program through participation. Our goal is to ensure that we serve healthy, well-balanced meals and that our students enjoy what they eat. We recognize that meals need to be exciting and delicious, built with quality foods and fresh ingredients designed to energize and satisfy students on-the-go.
Cost of Meals
Beginning the 2022-2023 school year, USDA will no longer offer waivers, therefore effective September 2022, families will need to fill out a free-and-reduced meal form if they are not directly certified. You will be notified if your child(ren) is directly certified (no application is required to be completed). We encourage all families to apply electronically at www.myschoolapps.com to see if your student(s) qualify for free meals. See the income eligibility guidelines here.
New applications need to be filled out each school year and we encourage you to fill out this year’s application now. On Oct. 18, all previous applications will expire. Those who do NOT qualify must pay for meals.
Starting 9/1/22, full price meal prices will be:
- Grades PreK-12 Complete Breakfast Meal $1
- Grades PreK-5 Complete Lunch Meal $2
- Grades 6-12 Complete Lunch Meal $2.25
If approved for no cost meals, families may also realize a potential reduction of expenses related to before and aftercare costs, Advanced Placement classes and standardized tests fees.
To speed the lines and prevent lost money, we encourage you to prepay for meals by placing money on the student’s account in advance. All schools accept prepayment.
Students may use their pre-paid account to purchase breakfast or lunch only, unless a Breakfast/Lunch Account Restriction Form giving permission to purchase other items (snacks, ice cream, milk, water, etc.) is on file. This form is only necessary to be completed one time and may be reversed at any time.
There are three ways to pay for cafeteria purchases:
- Send in a check (preferred) or cash with your child to pay in advance. Please label all envelopes and if paying by check, make checks payable to PB Food Service Dept. Please put your child’s name or ID number on the check.
- Cash is always accepted daily at the register.
- Pay online at MySchoolBucks.com. (MySchoolBucks charges a 4% fee per deposit transaction).
Pine Bush Central School District participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established new dietary guidelines that moderate calories while increasing whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Breakfast Complete Meal includes:
- 2 servings of whole grains
- 1 cup fresh, canned or frozen fruit
- 8 ounces of milk
(Select three or more items and one MUST be a fruit or vegetable serving)
Lunch Complete Meal includes:
- 2 ounces of meat
- 1 cup fruit serving
- 3/4 cup vegetable serving
- 2 servings of whole grains
- 8 ounces of milk
(Select 3 or more items/ one MUST be a fruit or vegetable.)
Menus are available at www.pinebushschools.org, Departments, School Nutrition. If you have any questions, please call Lyn or Judi at (845) 744-2031 ext. 2809.
Good Nutrition, Excellent Health are the Goals
The School Nutrition Department believes that one of the most important ways we can help our children perform better is to provide them with the nutrition necessary for healthy growth. Therefore, we provide breakfast and/or lunch in our schools every day and ask that all staff show their support for their school nutrition program through encouraging participation in our program.
Our goal is to ensure that we serve healthy, well-balanced meals and that our customers enjoy what they eat. We recognize that meals need to be exciting and delicious, built with quality foods and fresh ingredients designed to energize and satisfy students on-the-go.
We are eagerly preparing for a new school year together and the School Nutrition Department has worked hard to design a meal program to meet your child’s individual needs. Your children will have plenty on their mind with classes and activities, so you don’t have to worry about them finding something great to eat or having money to pay for meals.
On behalf of the PBHS Nutrition staff we want to THANK YOU and welcome you back to school.
We look forward to seeing you and serving you and on behalf of the Pine Bush School Nutrition staff. We want to THANK YOU and welcome you back to school. Should you have any questions, feel free to call the School Nutrition Department at (845) 744-2031 ext. 2809.