Food Services

USDA grant provides free meals for all students 

All DCS students will be served breakfast and lunch at no cost during the 2021-22 school year. This is made possible through USDA grant funding through June 2022, or until the funding runs out.

There is no cost for student meals. This includes breakfast and lunch, either at school or via parent pickup (home menu). Students will still need to have money in their MySchoolBucks accounts to pay for extra items and milk.

For questions, contact Mary Jewell, food services director, at or (518) 895-3000, ext. 228. 

Although meals are being provided to all students at no cost at this time, families are still encouraged to apply to the federal Free & Reduced Price Meals program to ensure they continue to receive free meals when the grant funds expire.

Every school day, Duanesburg cafeterias serve up nutritious, well-balanced and affordable school meals for breakfast and lunch. All foods are made with low-fat or lean ingredients and served with fresh or canned fruits and vegetables—many of which are purchased locally through a wholesaler—in addition to reduced-fat milk and other healthy options. 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—feeding student’s bodies and minds with the energy they need to remain sharp and ready to learn. To that end, students can kick-start their day at school with fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, toast or an egg sandwich straight from the cafeteria. No breakfast will be served in the event of a two-hour delay. 

From homemade soups and freshly made salads to sandwiches and a daily entrée, there’s certainly something for everyone to eat at lunchtime. Learn more about daily offerings.


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

Meals assistance is available

Families who are in need of healthy breakfasts and lunches for their students or are experiencing food hardship, should reach out to Mary Jewell, food services director, at (518) 895-3000, ext. 228. 

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, 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:, 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

More information

Food Services Manager
Mary Jewell, (518) 895-2279 ext. 228

Summer Food Service Program

To locate a site in your community, or for further information please contact the NYS Growing up Healthy Hotline toll free @ 1-800-522-5006 or The program is for students ages 18 years and younger.