School Lunch Program Information

Your child may purchase or bring a lunch to school. If your child wishes to buy a drink to accompany the packed lunch, white or chocolate milk and juice are available. 

Free/reduced lunch applications are available beginning July 1st of the new school year. Parents may request a hard copy if needed. All parents are encouraged to apply online via: School Cafe which can be accessed by computer or smartphone app. 

If you want to purchase a lunch for your child, a menu for the month’s lunches is sent home prior to the beginning of each month. The menu will show a main entree and an alternate entree for each day. You or your child should select one entree for each day you purchase a lunch. We currently offer a gluten free choice if the student has a medical need for this. A form, which the office can provide, will need to be signed by a doctor. 

Students who bring a lunch/breakfast/snack from home must send the heated food in a thermos. We have a policy regarding the heating of student foods and do not heat items in the microwave for safety reasons. The Watson Institute is a nut free facility. Many of the students at the Watson Institute Education Center are severely allergic to peanuts and other nuts. There is a potential for serious consequences for these students in they are exposed to or have contact with such products. 

It is for this reason that we have implemented a policy asking everyone to avoid bringing nuts or nut products (peanut butter, almond milk, etc.) into the school. Parents who pack their child’s lunch/breakfast/snack must send food to school ready to serve. The food must come to school cut up, pureed and/or mixed together as necessary for the child. 

Parents are able to pay online via the lunch website: EZ Parent Center. They are encouraged to keep money in their student’s account so it does not go into the negatives. Weekly notices will be emailed from EZ School Apps to parents regarding balances. Please be sure to sign up on the website to receive the notices. 

Additional information on the lunch program can be found in the parent handbook. 

Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was established in 1968 to respond to growing research that correlated a child’s nutrition with academic success and concerns about lack of nutrition resources for children during the summer months.

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session.

Help spread the word.

Schools or families may use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer:

  • Call 211
  • Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre
  • Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877877 during the summer months
  • Text “SUMMER MEALS” or “VERANO” to 97779
  • Use the website: Find Summer Meals – USDA
  • Use the Range App site locator for smartphones

Nondiscrimination Statement:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) online or 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
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.