Food ServiceCurrent Breakfast and Lunch Menus (Click Here)
FREE Breakfast/Lunch for In-Person & Distance Learners for 20-21 School Year: ESM has been notified that the free meal program providing breakfast and lunch for ALL children 18 and younger will continue through the 20-21 school year. Meals will be free for all of ESM’s in-person learners on the days they are at school. For the days students are not in school, families can pick up free “grab & go” meals Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at their choice of two sites — ESM Central High School or East Syracuse Elementary from 9-10 a.m. Further details & how to sign up for grab & go meals.
Grab & Go Meals on Emergency/Snow Days: In the event of inclement weather or any other emergency that results in ESM schools closing, the following
schedule will apply:
- Snow day on a Monday – pick up 3 meals on Tuesday (MTW)
- Snow day on a Tuesday – pick up 2 meals on Wednesday (TW)
- Snow day on a Thursday – pick up 2 meals on Friday (ThF)
- 1 or 2 hour delay on Mon/Tues/Th: Pick up times at all 3 schools will be postponed to 10-11 a.m. (instead of 9-10 a.m.)
ESM, in partnership with Chartwells K12, uses Nutrislice to publish the school menus to an interactive website and a free smartphone app! Access menus anywhere, anytime! Access Nutrislice online or download the free app!
Prices for 2020-2021
Free and Reduced Price Meals: ** ESM has been notified that the free meal program providing breakfast and lunch for ALL children 18 and younger will continue through the 20-21 school year. Free and reduced price meals are provided for those who qualify. NEW: parents/guardians can now apply ONLINE for free and reduced price meals. Families can also review this PDF file that includes the 2020-21 Free/Reduced Price Meals Income Guidelines plus the Free and Reduced Breakfast/Lunch Application and instructions The PDF can be printed and completed for those not comfortable filling in the online form. Applications for free and reduced price meals may be completed at any time during the year or whenever household income changes.
Students in NY state who are approved for reduced price meals will actually receive their breakfast and lunch at no cost. Also note that all East Syracuse Elementary, Woodland Elementary and Pine Grove Middle School students receive free breakfast and lunch regardless of income for the entire 20-21 school year because these schools are part of a special federal meals program. However, families with children in these schools should STILL complete a free/reduced application regardless of income. If your child is eligible for free and reduced price meals, he/she also may be eligible for other benefits, which are initiated by completing the form titled: Parent/Guardian Consent to Release Eligibility Information for Free & Reduced Price Meals. Contact food services (info below) if you need a printed form.
Prepaid Lunches: Our K-12 cafeterias use an automated point-of-sale system that allows for prepayment for meals up to a year in advance. Parents may send cash or checks made out to "ESM Food Service" to their child's school cafeteria. Students may also make prepayments with the cashier at lunch or breakfast. Please use the printable prepay deposit form and clearly print the child's name and pin number on the envelope for accurate recording. Please make out separate checks for students in different buildings. Meals may also be paid for with a credit/debit card using myschoolbucks.com (see next item)
MySchoolBucks.com: Registering an ESM student at MySchoolBucks is a free service. Parents can check the account balance, view purchases, set up low balance alerts and automatic recurring payments. You will not be charged a fee for viewing and accessing reports from MySchoolBucks. A credit/debit card transaction fee of $2.49 will be charged for funding a student account. For options on funding multiple students in the same family in different ESM school buildings, please contact the Food Service Department at 315-434-3304. Click here for the myschoolbucks website or more information.
Charging: For information on the ESM School Board Policy on Meal Charging, please see Policy #5662 School Food Service Program Meal Charge and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming
Contact: For Food Service questions: call 315-434-3304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
20-21 Free & Reduced Price Meals App & Instructions and Eligibility Guidelines
Prepayment Deposit Form
2020-21 Consent to Release Form
Printing Nutrislice Menus -- How-To Tips
Easy-to-Access School Menus Information
Meal Charge & Prohibition Against Meal Shaming
USDA's Smart Snacks in Schools