Now Offering Free Meals FOR ALL STUDENTS
Due to waivers from the USDA and the CSDE, Watertown Schools will be able to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to students. Free meals are available for all children 18 and under, and for those students 18-21 with Special Needs. Each student is allowed one breakfast and one lunch at no charge per day. Students who take second meals will be charged the usual meal price. This program will continue throughout the 2021-2022 School year. Menus are available under Food Service Documents on the left side of this page.
Why your children should participate in the Free Meal Program:
- Helps our school nutrition program receive more funding
- Saves you time on prepping meals
- Can extend your food budget
- Helps support the food supply chain
- Helps keep Watertown’s School Nutrition team employed
We need your help to keep our School Nutrition Program strong!
FREE & REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS
The Free & Reduced Lunch application can be accessed through this link.
It remains critical that you complete and submit your free and reduced-price meal application in order to determine eligibility for other programs, like the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), discounted technology and WiFi programs, and more. This application was sent home with your child during the first week of school and only 1 application needs to be filled out per family.
ABOUT Food Services
The Watertown Public Schools Food Service Department is a participant in the Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch Program. Meals are prepared to meet the strict state and federal guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Department of Education. Meals meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowances for school-aged children. Our goal is to provide nutritious, delicious and affordable meals to our students and staff supporting the educational process. Studies have shown that well fed students have fewer absences and perform better academically.
The Watertown Public Schools Food Service Department certifies to comply with the Connecticut Nutrition Standards which focus on limiting fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugars. The nutrition standards also moderate portion sizes and promote increased intake of nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat and nonfat dairy products, lean meats and legumes. The Watertown Public Schools Food Service Department provides a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available daily to students.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement for Child Nutrition Programs
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: How to File a Complaint, 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
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.