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cafeteria kidsThe Breakfast & Lunch Program

South Colonie Schools offer breakfast and lunch to all students. If there is a two-hour delay, no breakfast will be served in any buildings except for the high school.

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District Meal Charging Policy

South Colonie Schools has adopted a policy regarding the charging of meals in our school cafeterias. Meal charge limits are as follows:

  • Elementary school: TWO (2) breakfasts/FIVE (5) lunch meal limit

  • Middle school: TWO breakfast (2)/THREE (3) lunch meal limit

  • High School (students and adults): NO changing allowed at breakfast or lunch

Please note there is no ala carte charging allowed at the elementary and middle schools. In the event that a student reaches the meal charge maximum and no payment has been received, the student will be offered an “alternative meal” (cheese, or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit, white milk) at no cost to the student. Students with allergies will receive a modified alternative meal per their nutritional needs. For a complete list of the new regulations, click here (pdf).

Eat Breakfast at School!

Mornings can be really crazy ... the alarm doesn't go off ... the kids don't want to get up ... there's no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes ... or they're just not ready to eat. Or maybe your teenager grabs a can of soda and a candy bar on the way to school. If this sounds like your house, we have good news for you. Breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will energize students' days and provide them with a healthy start. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class, and have plenty of vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body. Breakfast at school is affordable, too. If you qualify for free and reduced priced meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can't find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else. So help your child start the day right with school breakfast. Click here to view more benefits of school breakfast (pdf)

Free and Reduced Meals Available For Qualifying Families

South Colonie participates in the National School Lunch Program providing nutritious meals for students free or at a reduced price of 25 cents. Free or reduced priced meals are provided daily based on household size and income. All information is kept strictly confidential. To see whether your family qualifies for this program all you need to do is complete an application available at your child’s school or contact the South Colonie Food Service Department at 869-3576. Only one application needs to be submitted per household. You will be notified within in 4-5 business days if you qualify for the program. An application package is included as an insert in the South Colonie calendar mailed to parents' homes in August or click here (pdf) to download. Parents are encouraged to submit the completed application to their child's school or district office BEFORE the start of school each year.


Forms for Free and Reduced Lunch: This site provides links to lunch forms in many, many languages. Please contact us if you need help with the forms. They can be returned to any teacher, who will forward them to the correct person.

my school bucks logoPay for Your Child's School Meals Online!

You can pay for your child's meals from the comfort of your home using - a secure online service that lets you pre-pay for meals online using a credit card or debit card. allows you the convenience of adding funds to your child's meal account, scheduling automatic payments, opting to receive an electronic “low funds” reminder message and viewing a monthly report of your child's daily spending and purchases.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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