Food service makes changes to meal distribution program; free meals continue

Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s Food Service Department will continue to make sure students have access to healthy and nutritious meals whether they are attending school remotely or in person.

Due to the increased number of students who will soon be attending school in person, food service will be adjusting the time, frequency and location of its free meal distribution program for remote students. 

The following changes are effective Monday, April 19:

  • Regardless of former participation status, all students who plan to participate in the meal pick-up program will need to enroll (or re-enroll) by emailing Please include the first and last names of the participating student, name of parent or guardian and phone number, and whether the student has any allergy or dietary restrictions.
  • Meals can be picked up 9:15-10:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s house II circle. This distribution site is for all K-12 participants and is the district’s only meal distribution site.
  • Fully remote students will receive at no cost to them five breakfast meals and five lunch meals at the weekly pick-up.
  • Middle and high school students who are attending school in person four days-a-week will receive at no cost to them one breakfast meal and one lunch meal at the Wednesday pick-up.

Free meals for all continues

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the flexibilities it granted to school meal programs to provide free breakfast and lunch for all children 18 and younger —whether learning in-person or remote—through June 2021.

How to participate (for in-person learners)

Elementary students should place their lunch orders for that day with their teachers. For breakfast, students should follow their school’s existing ordering procedures. Students’ accounts will not be charged for breakfast and lunch meals.

Middle and high school students should submit lunch requests on their in-person learning days by 9 a.m. using the electronic school lunch order form. Students’ accounts will not be charged for hot lunch meals; snacks, a la carte items and specialty beverages can be ordered, but are not included in the free meal program. 

Middle and high school students should continue to follow their school’s procedure for ordering and receiving breakfast meals. Students’ accounts will not be charged.