Food and Nutrition Services Family Guide
Universal Meals - Boston Public Schools (BPS) will continue to participate in the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) which means free breakfast and lunch to all students.
National School Lunch Program - Our lunch program offers a variety of hot and cold entrées, along with fresh fruit and vegetables. Lunch includes entrée of lean protein and whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and milk.
School Breakfast Program - Breakfast is offered at breakfast kiosks for students to take breakfast to their classrooms. Breakfast includes entrée with whole grains and/or lean protein, fruit, and milk.
Menu Ingredients and Guidelines - BPS uses its own high-standard guidelines for food quality, food safety, nutrition, and variety. They are applied to menu development and procurement, and support our nutrition standards, and pertain to all USDA programs administered by FNS. The Guidelines are informed by sources of evidence-based research. For more information, go to Food and Nutrition Services at www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/7090
Bringing a Lunch from Home? - If students prefer to bring their favorite lunch from home, they may still add a fruit, veggie, and milk from our dining room at no charge! They must pick 3 meal items to count as a free lunch!
Special Diets - To accommodate students with special diets due to a medical need, a Special Dietary Needs Form must be completed and signed by a licensed medical professional. For more information, go to the Food Services Accommodation Form at www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8735
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - The Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program is available at many elementary schools and introduces fresh fruits and vegetables two days a week to students.