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FOOD SERVICES


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 $2.49 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

Staff Contacts

NameTitlePhone
Patricia PuntumapanitchDracut Public Schools, Food Service Director(978) 957-9714 x 1651
Darlene SidemanDracut Public Schools, Food Services Coordinator(978)-957-1500 x 1637
Dorothea PatenaudeDracut Senior High School, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500, ext. 1649
Ann Marie DaltonRichardson Middle School, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500 x 2169
Ann Marie ValdinaBrookside Elementary, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500 x 3500
Yvonne OuelletteCampbell Elementary School, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500 x 6216
Aline NoelEnglesby Elementary School, Cook Manager(978) 957-1500 x 4150
Paula LabonteGreenmont Avenue School(978) 957-1500 x 5037