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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!

Breakfast and lunch menus

Please continue to monitor our Meal Pick Up Information page as the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve.

If you have any trouble accessing these menus, please contact and an alternate version will be provided to you.

About free and reduced meals

To all families who are receiving free or reduced-price school meals, please be aware that you must submit a new Free and Reduced Priced Meals Application each school year. You must reapply yearly to continue receiving these benefits.

Please submit your application by email to, or by fax to (518) 356-8294. You can also send it in with your child to give to the cashier in the cafeteria. Download a Free and Reduced Priced Meals Application.

If no application is submitted, your student(s) will be charged full price. Elementary lunch is $3.00, and middle school and high school lunches are $3.25. Elementary breakfast is $1.00, middle school breakfast is $1.50 and high school breakfast is $1.75.

If you receive a letter from Mohonasen Food Service in September stating that your student is directly certified for free school meals then no application is needed this school year.

If you are not currently receiving these benefits, you may apply at any time during the school year if your income is reduced or the size of your household increases.

If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Department at (518) 356-8225.


Parents can save money by prepaying 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 $60 for 21 elementary lunches and $65 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 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. Personal Identification 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 smartphones

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

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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: How to File a Complaint, 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: