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The Foodservice team is excited to continue our mission of feeding hungry minds by providing meals to fuel the body to learn. Our dedicated team remains committed to excellence. The goal of our program is to provide high-quality, nutritious, healthy, tasty, and well-balanced meals to all students. Student safety remains our #1 priority.

The School Lunch program is an integral part of the Rockport Public School System. We strive to meet all the students & staff's needs, both nutritionally and socially, by serving a nutritious breakfast and lunch of high quality in a cheerful, pleasant, and welcoming atmosphere. It is our role to encourage everyone to eat breakfast and lunch that conforms to the dietary guidelines for healthy Americans while recognizing the individual preferences of each person who participates in our program. Our menus reflect the students' tastes by offering the choices most popular to students. All lunches include a wide assortment of vegetables & fruit along with a variety of cold milk (skim, low-fat, and fat-free flavored milk).

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We want to update you regarding the free school meals that Rockport School District has been able to serve to your children since the beginning of COVID in March 2020. When COVID started, the federal government created a national policy that allowed schools in the entire country to provide free meals to all students. As of now, it is likely that this national policy will end on June 30th. We hope this is not the case, but we want to be prepared and want to give all families time to prepare for this change.

What this means for Rockport Public School families is that next school year we may return to the traditional system, where students receive free, reduced-price, or full-price meals based upon income status. In order to ensure we can provide free or reduced-price meals to as many families as possible, we will need families to complete the Household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals in July 2022 for the next school year. Please note that this does not affect the remainder of the current school year. We will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to ALL students until this school year ends on June 22, 2022.

 

The most important thing that you can do to prepare for the start of school is to complete the 22-23 MA Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals, which will be available mid to late July 2022 on lunchapp.com or at RPK12.org/Food Service. We strongly encourage ALL families to submit this form as it is very important to the district’s records, and allows us to also waive fees for athletics, transportation, and testing for those who qualify.

 

In addition, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. While the 22-23 MA Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals is not available to complete until July, the application for SNAP is available now. More SNAP information can be found at gettingsnap.org.

The food and nutrition department at Rockport Public Schools thanks you for your patience during this anticipated change and we understand the burden that this may place on many families. As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide nourishing and healthy meals to all Rockport Public School students so please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

 

Best regards,

 

Deborah Nokes

Director of Food Service

Rockport Public Schools

978-546-1243

[email protected]

 

  • LUNCH ACCOUNT INFORMATION:
  • You may need to re-establish an account at Sendmoneytoschool.com if you have not used your account in the past 60 days. You will need your child’s name, student ID#, and birthdate to reestablish the account. If you need help in accessing your child’s Student ID # Please contact the Foodservice Department at 978-546-1243 or via email at [email protected].
  • Cash or checks are always accepted at the register in our school cafeterias to make purchases or to fund an account. Parents may also access our online portal Sendmoneytoschool.com(SMTS) to monitor or fund their child’s lunch account. SMTS assesses a $2.85 convenience fee per monetary transaction on their web platform.
  • A $25.00 Overdraft charge is applied to the student’s account for returned checks, physical and electronic. There is a $2.50 charge for any check that is uncollectable on the first attempt to collect and successful on the second attempt. If you do not want your child to charge snacks to his/her account, please notify the food service office or log onto your child’s Sendmoneytoschool.com account and set the restrictions.
  • To receive a free lunch meal, students must select at least 3 of the 5 offered meal components. Breakfasts must include 3 food items. The district is only funded to provide full meals under this program. If milk is purchased without a full meal your child’s account will be billed $0.65 per 8 oz carton.
 

MENUS:

  • Menus are written in accordance with USDA guidelines for public schools and are available on the drop-down tab to your right
  • All snack products sold or distributed via the Afterschool Snack Program meet the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools and the USDA's Smart Snacks nutritional standards.

FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS:

It’s more than just a meal application. Our meal application affects many areas. As mentioned above, all students will receive free meals for the 2021-2022 school year regardless of their Free and Reduced Meals Program eligibility status under the USDA waiver. We ask that you continue to submit your application for FREE AND REDUCED Priced Meals as this is vitally important to our district (unless you have already received a letter from the Rockport Foodservice office stating that your child(ren) has been Directly Certified for benefits through the State of Massachusetts). Our Free and Reduced Application numbers greatly impact federal and state monies that our district receives to help ensure our students receive the support they need to receive a comprehensible world-class education along with helping to support our computer network. An approved free or reduced status will ensure you receive discounts on Athletic fees, Transportation fees, and Testing fees (SAT, ACT, and AP). Please help us help our students!  You can apply for benefits at FAMILY PORTALor you may download the application on the link to the right. A paper copy of the application is available at your child’s school or by calling or emailing the Food Service Director.  

Thank you, Deborah Nokes, Food Service Director

The schools, in general, benefit from the submission and approval of benefit applications with improved grant funding. If you require assistance filling the form out, please let us know.

Apply for meal benefits online at Family Portal

 

 

If you would prefer a paper application, please call the Food Service office and one will be mailed to you. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions!

Deborah Nokes

Office Hours 6:30-1:30

[email protected]

978-546-1243

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