Food Services Director
(518) 895-3000 ext. 228
Mr. Luis Fernandez with Capital Region BOCES Shared Food Services joined DCS as the district’s new Food Services Director in August, 2022.
Meal Prices 2022-23 School Year
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA provided free breakfast and lunch for all school children. Unfortunately, the free meals program expired in June, 2022. For the 2022-23 school year, school meal prices will be:
- Student Breakfast: $1.85
- Student Lunch: $3.00
- Student Milk: $0.50
- Adult Breakfast: $2.93
- Adult Lunch: $5.42
Breakfast is available to all students in every building.
In order to meet USDA requirements, school breakfasts must contain no more than 30% of calories from fat, and less then 10% from saturated fat. In addition, breakfast must provide one fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calories.
Research shows that children who eat breakfast:
- are less likely to be overweight
- show improvement on math, reading and standardized test scores
- establish healthier habits for later in life
- have fewer absences and incidences of tardiness
- are more likely to behave better in school
- consume more calcium, fiber, foliate and protein
All Families Should Complete a FRPL Application
Families may still qualify for FREE or Reduced-Price meals. ALL families are strongly encouraged to fill out an application to see if they qualify for free or reduced-price meals – even if you think you don’t you are a candidate. There are important family benefits for those who participate in the National School Lunch Program, which is often referred to as the Free & Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRPL).
You only need to fill out one application for each household, but you do need to fill out a new form each year.
ONLINE APPLICATION: 2022-23 applications for the National School Lunch Program (also known as the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program) can be filled out online on the Titan portal.
If you would prefer to fill out a paper version, you can access that here 2022-23 DCS FRPL Application.
When families are eligible for FRPL program, there are additional benefits:
- Free or reduced-cost AP, SAT, ACT exam fees
- Free or reduced-cost college application fees
- Free or reduced costs for college courses taken in high school
- Discounted home internet service from Spectrum (Click here for details)
For questions regarding applications, please contact Jennifer Radigan, BOCES Shared Food Services Specialist, email@example.com, (518) 464-5106.
Online payments through Titan
As of March 1, 2022, the district discontinued the MySchoolBucks pay system and launched a new system on a platform called Titan. There are three easy steps to starting your family Titan account:
- Go to the Titan Family Portal on any computer, tablet or mobile device – https://family.titank12.com/
- Create a free account using your email address and create a password
- Add funds securely to student accounts
Need help using Titan? Click here for list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Titan.
DCS menus will be posted on Titan. Families can also access the Free & Reduced-Price Lunch application on Titan.
District’s Food Services Policies
All Board of Education policies can be found on Board Docs.
Here is a direct link to the district’s Wellness Policy (policy #5661)
Here is a direct link to the district’s policy on Meal Charging and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming (policy #5660)
Students who bring a lunch from home are asked to keep peanut and tree nut products to a minimum out of consideration from students who may have allergies to these products. Students who bring peanut or tree nut products are asked to:
- refrain from sharing food with other students
- refrain from eating on the bus or outside of the cafeteria
- keep hands to himself or herself while eating
- wash up after eating
Federal Guidelines & Programs
Duanesburg’s Food Service follows school meal guidelines established by the federal government through its Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The district also participates in “Choose Sensibly”—a national program endorsed by the School Nutrition Association.
The program helps educate students about health and nutrition, so that they are able to make informed decisions regarding the foods they eat. The goal behind the program is to offer several snack options that meet the Choose Sensibly nutritional profile—along with a few that do not—to provide students an opportunity to “choose sensibly.”
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf(link is external), from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
firstname.lastname@example.org(link is external)
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.