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Food services available throughout the summer recess

If you are not currently a part of the Mohonasen Backpack Program and are in need of food support during the summer, please contact Deborah Kavanaugh a dkavanaugh@mohonasen.org. Food support is also available during the summer at various locations throughout Schenectady County. Please see the following link for more information about pantries and other food resources: Schenectady-Community-Ministries. This flyer also identifies additional steps families can take to secure meals in July and August.

Families enrolled in the Backpack Program will be contacted and offered food support throughout the summer through the Mohonasen Food Pantry. The pantry will be available to enrolled families approximately every two-weeks from Noon to 3 p.m., Thursdays in front of the High School Gym Lobby on the following dates: June 24; July 8 and 22; and Aug. 5, 19 and 26.

Meals available for families over the summer

Families in need of food support have several options to receive meals over the summer. Click here for more information.

Time is running out to apply for free and reduced-price meals

Although all school meals are free at this time, it is still important for you to send in a free or reduced application if you qualify.

New York state is planning to provide P-EBT Food Benefits for the current school year. In order for a household to be eligible to receive those benefits, their application must be processed prior to the district providing the qualifying information to New York State. The state could ask for this information any day.

If no application is submitted for a household that would qualify, those households will miss out on these P-EBT funds, and they could also be excluded from other financial benefits, such as reduced testing fees and reduced “College in the High School” courses. Complete and return the Free and Reduced Meals Application right away.

Please direct completed applications or any questions to Lynn Flansburg at lflansburg@mohonasen.org or call 518.356.8225.

Special notice for April break

Afternoon grab-and-go meals will not be available during the April Spring Break. When school returns from break, beginning Monday, April 12 and thereafter, two meals will be available for pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Pick up will continue to be curbside outside of the last set of high school auditorium doors between 2:30 and 3:30pm.

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 kgagnon@mohonasen.org 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 LFlansburg@mohonasen.org, 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.

PayPAMS

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 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. 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 https://paypams.com.

If you have any trouble accessing the documents linked from this page, please contact the Communications Office at 356-8250. The FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded here.

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: program.intake@usda.gov.