Food Services

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    Dear Parents and Caregivers,

    We want to update you regarding the free school meals that Sudbury Public Schools (SPS) have been able to serve your children since the beginning of COVID in March 2020. When COVID started, the federal government created a national policy that allowed schools in the entire country to provide free meals for all students. As of now, it is likely that this national policy will end on June 30th. We hope this is not the case, but we want to be prepared and want to give all families time to prepare for this change.

    What this means for SPS families is that next school year we may return to the traditional system, where students receive free, reduced-price, or full-price meals based upon income status. To ensure we can provide free or reduced-price meals to as many families as possible, we will need families to complete the household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals in July 2022 for next school year. Please note that this does not affect the remainder of the current school year. We will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to ALL students until this school year ends.

    The most important thing that you can do to prepare for the start of school is to complete the 2022-2023 MA Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals, which will be available in July 2022 at the bottom of this page. We strongly encourage ALL families to submit this form as it is very important to the district’s records, and allows us to also waive fees, etc. for those who qualify. We will be in touch again in July with the Application form.

    In addition, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. While the 2022-2023 MA Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals is not available to complete until July, the application for SNAP is available now. More SNAP information can be found at gettingsnap.org.

    The food and nutrition department at Sudbury Public Schools thanks you for your patience during this anticipated change and we understand the burden that this may place on many families. As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide nourishing and healthy meals to all Sudbury Public Schools students, so please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

    Special Meal Accommodations

    As you may know, when students participate, our district receives federal dollars to invest back into meal programs, sustaining us for years to come. It’s easier than ever this year to eat at school, as meals continue to be free for all students.

    School meals are a healthy option, great value, and are convenient for busy families. Sudbury Public Schools works with Whitsons Culinary Group. Together, we are committed to providing wholesome, high quality menus, prepared fresh daily from locally sourced ingredients whenever available and in season. To us, wholesome foods are much more than just the ingredients found (or not found) within our meals; we also consider the methods used to grow and harvest these foods. As such, we work with our manufacturers and local vendors to offer our customers the most natural, wholesome ingredients possible, all while continuing to be socially responsible. We are working to continually add more organic and non-GMO food items to our offerings. This is all part of our Simply Rooted™ food philosophy and sustainability platform. We promise to bring our customers clean ingredients, wholesome and all-natural meals, all while continuing to nurture the environment.

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    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

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    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and 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;
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    3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

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Contact Information

  • Food Services Director
    Linda St. Hilaire
    food_services@sudbury.k12.ma.us
    (978) 443-1071 ext. 7506

    Balance, Refunds, Account Issues
    spsfoodservices@sudbury.k12.ma.us
    (978) 639-3228

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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

  • Based on federal rules, students attending school in-person are not eligible for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT), but the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) encourages students and families to keep their P-EBT cards. More information can be found at MAp-EBT.org.

    If a student received P-EBT, they may be eligible for SNAP. It is fast and easy to apply, and the monthly SNAP amount is now higher than ever ($658 for a family of three and $835 for a family of four!).

    Outreach materials are available in 11 languages.

    Videos are available on DTA's YouTube channel, including “About SNAP” (in English and Spanish) and “How to Apply for SNAP” (in six languages). MAp-ebt.org/snap

    Importation P-EBT Information and FAQ

    Activate Your P-EBT Card

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