2022-23 School Year: Federal Government Did Not Renew Free School Meal Program
For the past two years, the Federal Government was fully reimbursing school districts for the school meals provided to students through the School Meal Program. The district has recently learned that neither the federal or state government will continue this program in the 2022-23 school year. The traditional income-based Free and Reduced Price Meal Program, however, is still in effect for eligible families. If your child is usually signed up for the Free or Reduced Price Meal Program, you are still encouraged to apply for that program because of the other assistance associated with it. Your child’s meal will continue to be free or reduced. [Free & Reduced Price Meal Program Application]
Furthermore, due to the increased costs of food and labor associated with food supply chains, the Board of Education approved a proposal to slightly increase the cost of BH-BL’s school meals, by $0.25 across the board. It has been several years since the school meal prices were adjusted, and while it’s not something the district does often, it’s necessary this year in order to reduce the possibility of running a deficit in this program.
New Online Payment Program–TITAN School Solutions
BH-BL now uses TITAN for its online school meal payment plan. This program allows parents to add money to their child’s account, set spending limits, receive low balance notification, view school menus and more. Adding money to an account online is quick and easy. Sign up by going to https://family.titank12.com and create an account. Your child (and staff) will use the same ID number that was previously assigned to them. You can also submit a meal application through TITAN School Solutions for the current school year. Please note: The new program replaces MySchoolBucks. Student and staff balances from MySchoolBucks have automatically been transferred to Titan.
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: $2.25 | Lunch (with milk): $3.25 | Milk: $0.75 | Staff Lunch: $4.75
- Breakfast: $2.25 | Lunch (with milk): $3.50 | Milk: $0.75 | Staff Lunch: $4.75
- Lunch (with milk): $4 | Milk: $0.75 | Staff Lunch: $4.75
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.
BH-BL uses an online school payment plan, entitled TITAN. This program allows parents to add money to their child’s account, view purchases, set spending limits, view balances, receive low balance notification, view school menus and more. Adding money to an account online is quick and easy. Sign up today! Sign up by going to https://family.titank12.com and create an account. Your child (and staff) will use the same ID number that was previously assigned to them. You can also submit a meal application through TITAN School Solutions for the current school year.
Please note: The new program replaces MySchoolBucks. Student and staff balances from MySchoolBucks have automatically been transferred to Titan.)
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.
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.