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About Mohonasen meals

Did you know that students who are well-nourished are shown to have increased problem-solving abilities, memory, verbal fluency and creativity? Still, the challenge is to make nutritious foods that kids will actually eat! Mohonasen students who eat meals from the school cafeteria know that the old days of “one-choice-fits-all” are gone. Variety and choice are key these days.

Did you also know that nutritional standards for school meals have changed in recent years because of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act? School meals are low in fat and they provide one half of the recommended dietary allowances for calories, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. So, what are you waiting for? Check us out today!

Mohonasen offers breakfast and lunch in all four school buildings

Elementary Menus (text) (September)

Draper Middle School Menus (text) (September)

High School and CAT menus (text) (September)

Meal Prices and Payment Options

2017-2018 Meal Prices
  • Bradt: $1/breakfast; $2.75/lunch
  • Pinewood: $1/breakfast; $2.75/lunch
  • Draper MS: $1.50/breakfast; $3.00/lunch
  • Mohon HS: $1.75/breakfast; $3.00/lunch
Application for Free & Reduced Price School Meals/Milk

Students may be eligible for free or reduced price lunches if their families meet federal guidelines. The 2017-18 Free and Reduced-Price Meals/Milk Application is now available online. The application only takes a minute to fill out and can be done at any time during the school year. Students are given PIN numbers just like everyone else so their peers and food service workers are not aware which children are receiving free or reduced price lunches. To obtain a copy of the application, call the Food Services office at 518-356-8225, e-mail us with your address and we’ll mail it directly to you, or download it here. Applications should be submitted to Kim Gagnon, Food Service Director, Mohonasen Central School District, 2072 Curry Road, Schenectady, NY 12303.

Charging Meals
  • At the high school:
    Mohonasen High School students are not allowed to charge school meals.
  • At the middle school:
    Students may charge any combination of meals up to a value of $9.00. No snacks or a la carte items may be charged. In the event a student forgets his/her money again after they have reaches their charge limit, they will be offered a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit and milk at no charge until daily charges are paid.
  • At the elementary school:
    The policy is the same as at the middle school, except students may charge any combination of meals up to a value of $7.50. If your student is carrying a negative balance, they will NOT be able to purchase snacks until the negative balance has been paid. Money used to purchase the snack will go towards the balance owed to school lunch.
PayPAMS

Parents can save money by pre-paying for meals using PayPAMS. Children earn one free lunch for every 20 that are paid for in advance. The cost for the prepaid plan is $50 for 21 elementary lunches and $60 for 21 lunches at the middle and high school. Parents can send payment to school with their child, mail a check to the Mohonasen Food Service Program, 2072 Curry Road, Schenectady, NY 12303, or pay online at www.PayPAMS.com. Children are given a pin number to type into a computer keypad as they go through the cafeteria line and the cost of the meal is automatically deducted from their account. Cafeteria workers help remind students when their account is getting low. Pin numbers may not be used to purchase snack items. This system helps parents control how kids spend their lunch money and cuts down on the number of kids who lose their lunch money. Parents of students using the prepay policy may also obtain a copy of account activity showing which days students purchase meals.

PayPAMS now has a Mobile App for smart phones

Download the app by searching for PayPAMS on your phone and log in with your PayPAMS username and password. Once the app is installed, you will be able to make payments, and view meal account balances, cafeteria purchases and the last three payments on your child’s meal account all on your phone. Questions about PayPAMS, call the food service office at 518.356.8225 or visit https://paypams.com.

Summer meal assistance options

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. What happens when school lets out?

To find meals and sites in the community, please visit the USDA’s Summer Meal Finder website;  call 2-1-1 or 1-866-3-HUNGRY; or, text “FOOD” to 877-877. Please note new sites can be added throughout the summer.

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.

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