Pandemic Update: Feeding Kids Across New York
On behalf of No Kid Hungry New York and Hunger Solutions New York, BH-BL is sharing information about a new crisis response program called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT). P-EBT will provide families with $420 in food benefits for every child who qualified to eat reduced-price school meals during the 2019-2020 school year. This also includes all children who attend schools that offer free lunch to all. No Kid Hungry New York has created a webpage with resources from the state government and other partners that further explains the program.
About Our Food Program
Providing children with the nutrition necessary for the healthy growth of their minds and bodies is one of the best ways to help them perform well in the classroom. That is the philosophy behind the BH-BL meal program. You’ll notice that our meals includes foods that are low in fat and have a balanced amount of grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Students may purchase: a complete lunch including milk, just milk, or a la carte and snack items. A limited variety of snack items is available at the elementary schools. The secondary schools offer a wider variety of a la carte and snack items, and the high school also offers a la carte breakfast items.
Our goal is to work in partnership with parents and other school staff to provide nutritious food and snacks that will support learning and good health. Providing children with the nutrition necessary for the healthy growth of their minds and bodies is one of the best ways to help them perform better in the classroom. In keeping with this goal, we strongly recommend that children NOT bring soda or carbonated beverages to school for snacks or lunch.
School Meal Prices & Menus
- Breakfast: $2 | Lunch (with milk): $3 | Milk: $0.65 | Staff Lunch: $4.50
- ES Breakfast & Lunch Menus
- Breakfast: $2 | Lunch (with milk): $3.25 | Milk: $0.65 | Staff Lunch: $4.50)
- MS Breakfast & Lunch Menus
- Lunch (with milk): $3.75 | Milk: $0.65 | (Staff Lunch: $4.50)
- HS Lunch Menu
There is a coffee shop at the high school where a variety of a la carte items are also for sale beginning at 7:15 a.m.
Both free lunches and reduced-price lunches are available at each school for students who meet federal income limits. This is a confidential program. At the elementary schools, meal tickets for free and reduced-price lunches are identical to regular tickets. At the secondary schools, ALL pupils have individual account numbers they can use at the cash register to pay for their purchases, so only the computer knows that different amounts are recorded for lunches purchased by students on the free and reduced price programs.
Applications for free and reduced-price lunches are sent home the first day of school, can be picked up at each school’s main office, or can be downloaded. Questions about this and other food service areas can be addressed to Food Service Department at 518-399-9141, ext. 85003. More information and the complete booklet is available on the NYS Education Department website.
Students may deposit money into their student account for meal or snack purchases anytime the cafeteria is open. If paying by check, please make check payable to “BH-BL School Lunch Program.” Students at the elementary level should give the check to their teacher who will deliver it to the Food Service Department to deposit. Middle and high school students can give a check to a Food Service employee.
Students can always use cash to pay for daily school meals.
We offer a school payment plan option to help make your life easier. MySchoolBucks® is an online system that will allow you to set up a school lunch program account for your children, deposit funds into your children’s accounts, review purchases, check balances and more. You’ll even get an email notice when account balances are low. Additionally, there’s a mobile app that allows parents to view and replenish their child’s account using a smartphone.
Please note: There is a transaction fee for making an online deposit via MySchoolBucks. This fee is not a BH-BL fee and we do not collect the money. MySchoolBucks institutes the flat fixed-rate parent-paid convenience fee as a way to support its program thus making it possible to offer this program to school districts for no charge.
The food service department addresses the needs of our students with food allergies by offering specific meals on select days that are designated on the school lunch menu as dairy-free or gluten-free meals (GF). Unless the item on the menu is specifically listed as an allergy-free meal, parents should assume that the meal contains one or more allergens and as such, students with food allergies should NOT purchase school lunch on that day. We will continue to work on expanding our school lunch options to offer a greater selection of allergy-free choices in the future.
Peanut- and tree nut-free school meals & kitchens
The needs and safety of the children who attend our school is a top priority. That is why for the past several years the BH-BL Food Service Department maintains a completely nut-free kitchen. They do not serve any food or use any products containing peanuts or tree nuts, including peanut butter. They use soynut butter in place of peanut butter. Peanuts and tree nuts also are not included in any recipes and they do not use peanut or sesame oil for cooking or baking.
Furthermore, before buying food or ingredients the food service staff are committed to reading all food labels to ensure there are no peanuts or tree nuts included. The food service staff also have a dedicated set of cutting boards, utensils, and knives that are used for gluten-free cooking to ensure that is no cross contamination.
The food service staff are also in contact with the school nurses to keep student records updated. Specific food allergies for each child are entered into the registers, so as the student goes through the lunch line, a pop-up box appears on the register letting the cashier know to check that what the student is not allergic to any food items on his or her tray. This checks and balances system enable food service employees get to know the students and have their meals ready for pick up.
Although the schools’ kitchens are peanut- and tree nut-free, children may still bring peanut products in their school lunch to eat in the school cafeteria. There are designated tables in the cafeteria where children who maintain a peanut and tree nut-free diet may sit. Also, all of our elementary schools’ classrooms are nut-controlled zones. Parents are kindly asked to refrain from sending their children to school with snacks that contain nuts. All obvious nuts and nut products may be consumed in the cafeteria during lunch.
All parents/guardians are welcome to visit the district’s kitchens and receive a tour. Please contact Director of Food Services Nicky Boehm to set up an appointment.
Bimbo Bakery Products
The BH-BL Food Service Department purchases all of its bread products from Bimbo Bakery. (Rolls, muffins, bagels, Pita, buns, and breads.)
Company Statement: “We assure you that we adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices as established by the FDA. We take abundant precaution to prevent cross-contact of allergenic ingredients between batches, and our bakeries are inspected to ensure that they meet or exceed all regulatory and baking industry standards. We understand that highly sensitive consumers need to know when there is even the remotest possibility of inadvertent cross-contact of allergenic ingredients during processing. To that end we disclose that the following allergenic ingredients are used in some of our manufacturing facilities and that inadvertent cross-contact is remotely possible: milk, eggs, soy, almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts (filberts). Wheat is used in all of our facilities and all of our products as an ingredient. Please refer to ingredient labels on our products for full disclosure of the ingredients used in that product.” To view labels, please contact the Food Service Director.
Celebrating your children’s birthdays at school can be fun for them and stress free for you. Leave the baking and delivery up to us! Your choice of the following treats can be delivered to your child’s classroom.
- Fruit Platter or Cups: $24.95
- Healthy Muffins (made with zucchini, carrots, pineapple, raisins and applesauce): $17.50
- Chocolate Chip Muffins: $14.95
- Pizza Cookie (served in a pizza box!): $19.95
- Pizza Party (8-cut round or 12-cut square cheese pizza): $9.95
- Veggie Platter or Cups (seasonal vegetables with Ranch dip): $19.95
How do I order? Contact Food Service Director Nicky Boehm via email or at 518-399-9141, ext. 83170. Please give our food service staff at least 48 hours notice when planning your child’s school birthday treats.
Items are peanut free and can be gluten free upon request.
Payment can be made with cash or check, or through your child’s MySchoolBucks lunch account.