Food service implements changes to keep students safe

To help protect the health, safety and well-being of students and staff, Fayetteville-Manlius School District Food Service Department is implementing changes to its school meals and procedures for the 2020-21 school year.

Food service meals are available to all students, including those who are attending school remotely from home. Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch (FRPL) program can receive meals at no cost. Students who are not enrolled in the FRPL program will need to purchase meals.

Online Ordering

It is highly recommended that middle and high school students pre-order lunch meals, beverages and snacks electronically this year using an online form, which is available on the food service section of the district’s website.

The online ordering system replaces the former daily “lunch count” process that took place in homerooms and eliminates paper meal selection forms, which were managed by teachers and physically handled by several people. The new process puts families in control of ordering, enhances safety measures and provides teachers with more time to begin classwork with students at the start of the school day and supports efficient meal delivery to students at lunch time. 

The deadline to submit lunch and snack orders is 9 a.m. each day school is physically in session. The form’s scheduling feature also permits placing advance orders.

Elementary students do not need to pre-order meals through the online form. Students in grades K-4 should inform their teacher of hot meal selections in the morning. Snacks will not be available for purchase at the elementary level in the fall.

Breakfast meals do not require pre-ordering. At this time, elementary students can purchase breakfast in the morning from their teachers and meals are delivered to classrooms. Middle and high school students can purchase breakfast from school cafeterias.

School Lunch Menu

F-M Food Service is offering a tasty and nutritious (but limited) school lunch menu for the start of the school year. 

All school lunch meals come with a side of fruit or vegetables and milk. Lunches are prepackaged and include utensils, condiments and a napkin. 

High school students can also pre-order some a la carte items, including grilled panini sandwiches for pick-up at their convenience from the House I or II Snack Shack in the high school. The high school’s two novelty snack stores are serving as pickup hubs and have a limited variety of refreshments available for purchase. 

During assigned K-12 lunch periods, staff will deliver pre-ordered meals in disposable containers to classrooms and, if applicable, designated lunch areas.

Food service staff will continue to follow all health and safety protocols while preparing, packaging and storing meals. Orders that adhere to special dietary restrictions, including allergies will be labeled as such and packaged separately from other orders. 

Home Delivery

Food Service offers a meal delivery service for students who are participating in remote learning.

Delivery is available each week on Monday and Wednesday and all students are eligible to participate. Families can sign-up for the number of meals they wish to receive for their student(s) each week and payment debits from the student(s) school meal account

Families who qualify for free and reduced-price meals are eligible for meal delivery at no cost to them, but must enroll in the program to participate.

Please contact F-M Food Service by email or phone 315-692-1842 to register for meal delivery and to learn more about free and reduced-price lunch program. Families who did not qualify for the program last year, but have experienced changing circumstances, should complete and submit the application as soon as possible.

Cashless Cafeterias

To help mitigate the spread of illness, including COVID-19, the district’s cafeterias are cashless for this school year.

Students and staff members are encouraged to use the online payment service myschoolbucks for all school meal purchases. Money can be added to a student’s myschoolbucks meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. 

Parents and guardians can also prepay for their child’s meals and snacks by submitting a check (payable to F-M Food Service) to the attention of their child’s cafeteria.