School Nutrition

Free meals program update: October 19, 2020
East Rochester families,

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the Free Meals Program has been extended through the end of the 2020-21 school year. The extension runs through June 30, 2021. In September, the USDA had extended the program through December 31, 2020.
In the event the Federal free meals program ends, we will transition back to the paid, reduced and free meal status of students, using the free and reduced meal applications. Families should continue to apply for free or reduced meals using the application that was available on the district website in late July. The application can be found on the district website, here. Applications should be returned to East Rochester Schools, 222 Woodbine Avenue, East Rochester, NY 14445.

Any changes to this program will be communicated on the East Rochester Schools website.

Meals for remote learners (both hybrid and fully remote) are available for pick-up from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. outside the main entrance of the ER school building.

***East Rochester Union Free School District will be running under the SFSP guidelines for remote meals. All SFSP meals are free to all children 18 years of age and younger or enrolled in the district.

If you have any questions please call the Business Office at (585) 248-6308.

Thank you,
Nicole VanDerMeid
Food Service Director


School Nutrition News 

Good nutrition is critical to student achievement. A well-nourished student will generally have better attendance, be more attentive, and have more energy to take on the day’s activities. The School Nutrition Program provides tasty, nutritious, and reasonably priced breakfasts and lunches to both students and staff. Federal regulations which took effect in 2011-12 require the average paid-lunch cost in a district to rise gradually over the next several years, until the average price equals the free-meal reimbursement.  

The price for a lunch at both the elementary and junior/senior high schools will increase to $2.60, and a half-pint carton of milk (skim, 1%, or fat-free chocolate) will remain 50 cents. Breakfast will continue to be offered daily. The breakfast price will increase to $1.30; students receive a choice of entrée (bagel, muffin, assorted cereals, yogurt, and hot items on occasion), a choice of fruit and juice, and a half-pint of milk. Just like at lunch, a student must have a serving of fruit, vegetable, or juice on his or her breakfast tray to receive the value meal pricing. Lunch menu items available daily include yogurt, entrée salad, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, side salad, and fresh apple or orange. Look for the menu on the district website.

Free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches will again be available for the school year for families who meet eligibility criteria. Families can apply for free or reduced-price meals by completing the application forms distributed to parents as part of the school calendar. Additional copies are available from the elementary and junior/senior high school offices, or can be downloaded from the ‘menus/school nutrition’ link on the district’s homepage.

All students can have money for all school nutrition purchases placed into their MySchoolBucks prepayment account. Set up your child’s account at if you haven’t already done so, and make deposits electronically. This site will list a 30-day history of student purchases, so if you want to see what your child is eating and how he or she is spending money in the cafeteria, check out You will need your child’s student ID number to use this service. If you don’t know your child’s ID number, give the school office a call and they can look it up for you. You can also download the “APP” so students and parents alike can stay on top of lunch money needs. Look for the “My School Bucks” App (pictured here) in both ITunes and Google play stores.

My School Bucks app image Click HERE for more information.

“The student meal account program, known as MySchoolBucks, is a program that allows you to PREPAY for your student meals by using your bank account, credit card, or e-check. It is NOT a charging system where your student can charge a meal and then pay for it later. All students need to pay for their meal at the time of purchase.” In emergency situations we do have a procedure in place for a child to get a meal, we then track the amount owed on the child’s meal account, and respectfully expect repayment of the amount owed the next day. It is important that you provide your child with money either in their prepayment account, or with them as cash or check so they are not put in an uncomfortable position at mealtime when they have a meal tray, and when asked by the cashier have no money to pay for it. Having money for a meal or a meal from home is just as important as making sure your child has done all their school work.

It is a pleasure to serve your children meals at school. Look for monthly lunch menus, the a la carte price list, and other information on the ‘school nutrition/menus’ link on the district’s homepage or by visiting

You can contact ER’s Chef Manager, Bernie Joswick, at

You can also also reach the Shared School Nutrition Director Nicole VanDerMeid at