While the return to school this fall is not what any of us envisioned, I want to assure you the Quincy School Nutrition Department is working hard to create a welcoming and safe environment to provide healthy meals for all QPS students, both in school and at home.
In March, when our schools closed because of COVID-19, the USDA (the federal agency that oversees the nation’s school lunch and breakfast program) allowed all schools in the US to provide meals at no cost to all students and then they extended that provision through the summer. As of Monday August 31, 2020 – The USDA has decided to offer another extension through June 30, 2021 (or until funding runs out). Therefore breakfast and lunch will be free to all students both in-person and remote.
The School Nutrition Department would like to share our plans for breakfast and lunch during the start of the 2020-2021 school year. In order to seamlessly and safely serve the students of Quincy and in conjunction with the re-entry hybrid/remote education model, the following guidelines will be followed to provide accessible meals to all:
- All QPS schools will provide in-person breakfast and in-person lunch during the school day.
- All QPS schools will provide a remote ‘grab & go’ breakfast and lunch from 11AM-1PM Monday through Friday at a designated pick up spot. Contact your child’s school for the pick-up location.
- One breakfast and one lunch can be provided to each student.
- All schools will operate in a non-congregate manner for remote learners. This is to ensure your safety.
We continue to strongly encourage parents/guardians to complete an application for free and reduced priced meals, as once this service ends students are expected to pay based on their eligibility. In addition, we also encourage families to apply for SNAP benefits. SNAP provides monthly cash benefits (on an EBT card) to purchase groceries for eligible families. To apply for SNAP, visit DTA Connect at https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/ or call the Project Bread Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. Families approved for SNAP are directly eligible to receive free meals at school.
For any outstanding negative balance from prior school years, we encourage all students to create an online payment account at myschoolbucks.com. Directions for creating an account can be found here. Otherwise, please make checks payable to the Quincy School Nutrition Department at 316 Hancock St Quincy, MA 02171.
Please note, plans may change based on guidance from the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the USDA.
Your children are the reason we do our jobs and we are here to make sure that they are fueled with good food!
Nutrition for life
Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand. The Quincy 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 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.
The mission of the School Nutrition Program is to make a significant contribution to the general well-being and learning ability of each student. This will be achieved by providing students with healthy, nutritious, appetizing, and affordable meals served courteously, in a clean and pleasant dining environment.
Nutrition influences a child's development, health, well-being, and potential for learning. Each school day, the Food Service Department is charged with providing nutritious, breakfasts, and lunches as well as snacks for students in organized after-school education or enrichment programs. During the summer school break period, meals are provided in designated need areas under the guidelines for the federal Summer Food Service Program for Children.
The School Nutrition program operates in accordance with the National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 as amended and regulations set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as other state and local laws, regulations and policies.
School Nutrition Programs are an integral part of the school environment. Food Service staff work cooperatively with administrators, school nurses, guidance, teachers, parents, and students to facilitate and encourage the participation of all students in the School Nutrition Programs.
School Meals are planned according to USDA guidelines which require foods from specific food groups in specific quantities to be offered to students. Meals must follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to:
- Include a variety of foods
- Include adequate foods from the grain, vegetable and fruit groups
- Include foods low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol
- Limit foods high in sugar content
- Limit foods high in sodium
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