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Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Nutrition Services 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 support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

New smartphone mobile app is available to pay for students'
Funds on Prepaid accounts carry over from year to year and building to building. Remaining funds on graduating seniors accounts will be transferred to a sibling's account...if none exists, a refund check will be issued and mailed home.   We will refund any amount of $5.00 or more.  If you would like a refund for an amount lower than $5.00 please call the food service office prior to July 31st.  
Lancaster Central School District Food Service Department has always and continues to pride itself on promoting nutritious and wholesome meals. The Federal Government made sweeping changes to the requirements for school meals. These requirements are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed by President Obama in December 2010. Those were the first major changes to the school lunch guidelines in 30 years.
To summarize, some of the most noticeable changes being implemented are more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, the elimination of 1% flavored milk, to be replaced by flavored fat free milk and mandated price increases.
All meals are free at this time to all students.  All students are able to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch daily while school is in session.  Any additional entree will need to be purchased along with any a la carte items.
We ask that if you feel you are eligible for free or reduced meals please fill out an application and submit it to our Food Service office.  The applications are beneficial to both families and the district in many ways including any additional PEBT payments that may be disbursed.  For more information please feel free to contact our office.
We appreciate your students continued participation in our breakfast and lunch program.  We strive to offer meals that are balanced and flavorful while using every opportunity to teach healthy eating habits

Families are encouraged to place money on students accounts for the purchase of additional entree items or a la carte. Prepayment can be made in person with cash or a check made payable to the Lancaster Central School District or online at For more information on the how tos and benefits of prepayment, click on the links to the left.
Meal Charge Policy (please refer to LCSD Meal Charge and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming Plan (link below) and LCSD Policy #5662 for full information):
The district extends a charging courtesy for all K-12 full pay eligible students who forget or lose their money.  The charge meals offered will be a reimbursable meal of the student's choice, available that day 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 and cannot be charged.
Parents/guardians will be notified that a student's meal account balance is exhausted and has accrued meal charges within 2 weeks of the first overage charge via automated phone call and then at least every 2 weeks thereafter.  Parents of K-3 students may also receive a slip in a sealed envelope, sent home via the student's go home folder.  The department will deal directly with parents/guardians regarding notification of unpaid meal fees, not the student. 
The department will communicate with parents/guardians with $15 or more in meal charges to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals.  Food service staff will make several attempts to reach out to parents/guardians on how to obtain and complete a meal application.