Payment of lunch is expected at the time of purchase. Negative balance reports are sent home at least every two weeks and students are discretely advised at the time of the purchase of low balances.

2018-2019 Free and Reduced Price Meal Application - If you feel your child may be eligible for meal benefits, please fill out an application (one per household). If you have received a letter stating your child has qualified for meal benefits as a result of Direct Certification, you do not need to fill out an application.

Non-Discrimination Statement: “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.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”

Massachusetts Farm to School Project's Harvest of the Month for January is Apples!

Important news:

  • NEW The price of lunch is $2.75 at the elementary schools and$3.00 at the Middle/Senior High School. Breakfast will remain at $1.25 at the elementary schools and $1.50 at the Middle/Senior High School.
  • As with last year, students will be asked to take at least one fruit or vegetable with each lunch. This year, this will be true for breakfast as well. We will continue to offer several choices at each meal to make it easy for students to select something they will enjoy. We are happy to be participating in the Massachusetts Farm to School Project again this year and many of the fruits and veggies in our cafeteria will have been grown locally!
  • Howard School will be offering an early breakfast to all students from 7:45-8:15 am. For $1.25 students can choose from juice, fruit, milk, choice of bagels, cereals, low-fat muffins or breakfast sandwiches, and low-fat yogurt. Healthy a la carte items will be available to purchase as well. Whether they eat at home or at school, every child should eat breakfast every day!

We look forward to a great year of serving tasty and nutritious meals to your children to support their success in school! School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families. Thank you!

Ann Marie Grinder, Food Service Director