Food Services

Welcome to the Food Services Department

Welcome Letter to Parents/Guardians from the Food & Nutrition Services Department Dracut Public Schools
September 2018


I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Dracut community from your school Food and Nutrition Services Department. The Food and Nutrition Services Department operates 6 full service student cafeterias, one in each district school. Services Include:
•    Daily breakfast at all schools, beginning 15-30 minutes before the first bell.
•    Daily lunch at each school.

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Services Department is to alleviate childhood hunger within the community and increase student success by providing and promoting a nutritionally balanced diet in a warm and friendly environment.

The Food and Nutrition Services Program does not receive General Fund Support; the program operates by balancing the budget through meal sales, a la carte sales, State/Federal reimbursement.

Each school kitchen has a team of highly trained staff with food safety and customer service as highest priority. These team members (often times parents of school district students themselves), receive and prepare food, cashier, serve meals, and keep the kitchen clean. The main office of Dracut Food & Nutrition Services is located in the high school. Friendly office personnel are available to answer all of your questions, process payments, and assist with applications. Food service operations at the high school are headed up by myself, the Director of Food and Nutrition Services (a Registered Dietitian), the Kitchen Manager, and a Food Service Coordinator who supports the operations throughout the district.

The Food and Nutrition Services team work together to develop healthy and appetizing meals for the students. The menus are analyzed and recipes adjusted to ensure they meet USDA nutrition guidelines for each age group for calories, sodium, and saturated fat.

Salad bars (which include a vegan protein source) are available daily in the high school and middle school stocked with salad greens grown in our school terra phonic gardens. Choice and variety are important to students, so our menu is planned to provide options. Each day there are two options at the elementary level, 5-6 entrée options available at the middle school level, and 7-8 entrée options available at the high school level. A lunch is made up of 5 basic food components: milk, meat or meat alternate, vegetable, fruit, and grain. Students must select at least 3 of these components for a complete meal (1 of which must be a vegetable or fruit).  We are sensitive to the various nutritional needs of our students. If your child has an allergy to any food, please contact your school nurse.

Purchasing a meal is very easy. Every student is assigned a student ID that is tied to his or her meal account (students type their ID at the register). The account is similar to a checking account, where purchases are deducted from funds applied to the account. Funds can be applied by cash or check paid to the kitchen cashier.

Online credit card payments are also available by following the payment links on the district website Your student’s account balance and purchase statement can be viewed by logging into your MySchoolBucks page.

The Food and Nutrition Services Program participates in the National School Lunch Program, which is a federally funded program that assists in providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to students each day. Applications can be found on the food services page on the district website. One form per family must be fully completed (be sure to include everyone in your household and all income) and returned to the Food Services office by fax, mail, e-mail, or dropped off at the high school. New families will need to have their applications approved before the subsidy will apply, until that time, full charges will accrue. For returning families, new applications must be submitted each school year by the October 1 or the subsidy carry-over will expire. Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to fill out the applications as soon as possible to avoid these charges because it will be their responsibility to pay back any fee accrual.

For menus and other information, please visit the Food Service page on the district website If you have any questions about the Food and Nutrition Services Department, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Patricia Puntumapanitch, MS RD,SNS
Director of Food & Nutrition Services
Dracut Public Schools
Phone: 978-957-1500 X1651


MySchoolBucks Information 

Dracut Public Schools is excited to introduce our point of sale (POS) system called Nutrikids.
NutriKids is the leading provider of food service management products and support for the K-12 market.


MySchoolBucks is a program that is a secure online student account system that ties in with the Nutrikids system.
MySchoolBucks is a great, secure online student account system that parents and students can benefit from.


To learn more about both our Nutrikids and mySchoolBucks tools, please see our FAQ sheet by clicking the link below. 


Nutrikids and mySchoolBucks FAQ

mySchoolBucks website



Substitute Cafeteria Workers Needed

Substitute Cafeteria Workers Needed

Part-time Days ~ Perfect Mother's Hours

Availability on an as-needed basis

For more information please contact
Darlene Sideman at 978-957-9714

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Patricia Puntumapanitch Dracut Public Schools, Food Service Director (978)-957-9714
Darlene Sideman Dracut Public Schools, Food Services Coordinator (978)-957-9714
Dorothea Patenaude Dracut Senior High School, Cook Manager (978) 957-1500, ext. 1649
Ann Marie Dalton Richardson Middle School, Cook Manager (978) 957-3330, ext. 171
Michelle Rutina Brookside Elementary School, Cook Manager (978) 957-0716
Yvonne Ouellette Campbell Elementary School, Cook Manager (978) 459-6186
Aline Noel Englesby Elementary School, Cook Manager (978) 957-9745, ext. 2109
Ann Marie Valdina Greenmont Avenue School, Cook Manager (978)-453-1797