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Welcome to Amherst-Pelham Public School Nutrition Services

 

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Dear Families,

The Food and Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and department labor shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items we've been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems, de to the quantity of meals that we serve and the nutrition standards we follow.

All of this means that we may need to make quick substitutions to our menu(s) based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students, and we are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes when possible as soon as we identify an issue. 

Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for your children. We love seeing them every day and appreciate your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year, so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you!

Warmly,

Mike Gallo O'Connell

 

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Welcome to the Nutrition Program for Amherst-Pelham Public Schools

 

 

We will not have adult meals or ala carte items for sale to start the school year

 

 

The USDA is funding a Free Meal Program for the entire school year for all children regardless of Free or Reduced Lunch Status. Every student will be able to take one meal per meal period.

Even though meals will be free for the school year please take the time to fill out the free and reduced eligibility application if you think you might qualify. If you receive a letter from the ARPS Food Services Office stating that your child qualifies for free or reduced meals by Direct Certification from the Department of Health and Human Services, you DO NOT have to fill out a 2021-2022 application.

Families that qualify for Free or Reduced meals may be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits (SNAP) which provide monthly financial assistance for qualifying Massachusetts residents to purchase groceries. You can find out if you are eligible for SNAP by calling Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 or at DTA Connect: https//dconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/apply


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.


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