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FOOD SERVICES

Summer Food Service Program 

The Dracut Public Schools will continue to operate the school food service program through August 31, 2021 in support of the community as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning June 17 meals will be served Monday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at:

Dracut High School
1540 Lakeview Avenue


Please click memo below for more information:
Food Service Summer Program


Please note:  If school is closed due to inclement weather, on a meal distribution day, meals will be distributed the following day. 

Welcome Back to the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcome back to the Dracut Schools Lunch and Breakfast Program for the 2021-2022 school year. Our Food Service Department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to student’s health, well-being and their ability to learn. We will be serving healthy choices of fruits, vegetables, whole grain products and low fat or fat-free milk every day.

The breakfast and lunch prices for the 2021/2022 school year are as follows:

FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS

This free service only applies to complete meals. Individual items are charged accordingly. For example, if a student chooses to only get a milk he/she will be charged .60 cents.

Please consider filling out your Free and Reduced application online https://www.myschoolapps.com/. Our on-line application has the same requirements, asking you for the same information as the paper application. Paper applications are still available if needed. You only need to fill out one application for all students living in your household no matter what school they attend. If you received a letter, stating your student is eligible for Direct Certification YOU DO NOT need to fill out an application.

We encourage you to look into My School Bucks that provides all parents in our district an easy way to manage their child’s lunch account. This can all be done in the convenience of your own home through an easy-to-use online portal:

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/getmain.action?clientKey=&requestAction=home

Food Service
Breakfast and lunch are available to all students in the Dracut Public Schools as part of the National School Lunch Program. Meals are well-balanced and include all food groups: meat, bread, fruits and vegetables, and milk. Menus are designed to meet one third of the Recommended Daily Allowance.

Offer vs. Serve
Students must take three of the five components offered to be considered a reimbursable meal. Students must select at least one fruit or vegetable.

Meal Prices 2021-2022

Grade LevelLunchBreakfastExtra Milk
Kindergarten$.00$.00.60 cents
Grades 1-5$.00$.00.60 cents
Grades 6-8$.00$.00.60 cents
Grades 9-12$.00$.00.60 cents

Please note: Menu is subject to change on occasion.

Sometimes it is necessary to change the menu due to cancellation of school or a delay.

Unfortunately, sometimes a delivery is delayed or an item is out of stock at our distributor. Our hope is to serve what is on the menu each day but sometimes we do have these obstacles.
All schools use a computer debit system. Money is deposited for breakfast, lunch and a la carte items in each student's account. The price of the meal is deducted from the account as the student goes through the line. Students use their student numbers to access their accounts.

Patricia Puntumapanitch
Director of Food & Nutrition Services Dracut Public Schools
1540 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut, MA 01826
978-957-1500 X1651


Welcome to the Food Services Department

Welcome from the Dracut Food Service Department. We would like to help new & returning students and their parents become familiar with the Food Service Program. We prepare nutritious breakfast and lunch meals for the students in 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.

Menus are written in accordance with USDA guidelines for public schools. Menus are available on the district web site at: www.dracutps.org . We offer at least 5 meal component choices each day including milk and juice for lunch. To receive the meal price, students must select 3 of the offered components for lunch. Seconds on select fruits and vegetables are available upon request. School specials are communicated at each building.

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. This year we have expanded our Cycle menu from 4 to 6 weeks offering even more choices.

Purchasing a meal is very easy. Each student enrolled in the school district will have a cafeteria account in his/her name. Once your student is enrolled in the district, the student ID # your child is assigned is also his/her lunch ID #. The student should memorize (have access to) this 6-digit ID number that is for him/her only. The student will enter his/her ID number when going through the breakfast and lunch line. Please be sure this ID number remains confidential since it will remain the same for each student throughout his/her school years in Dracut.

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. There is a $2.75 convenience fee paid to the payment processor for the use of this service. The Dracut Public Schools does not receive this fee. Families wishing to avoid this fee can pay by cash or check in each Food Service facility or at the District Business Office (2063 Lakeview Avenue) during normal business hours.

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 each school year. 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.

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

FOOD SERVICE OFFICe

NameTitlePhone
Patricia PuntumapanitchDracut Public Schools, Food Service Director(978) 957-9714 x 1651
Dorothea PatenaudeDracut Senior High School, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500, ext. 1649
Ann Marie ValdinaRichardson Middle School, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500 x 2169
Yvonne OuelletteBrookside Elementary, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500 x 3500
Sheryl PelhamCampbell Elementary School, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500 x 6216
Carol WiseEnglesby Elementary School, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500 x 4150
Paula LabonteGreenmont Avenue School(978) 957-1500 x 5037