Our Lunch Program: FGCS contracts with Fresh 'n Local Foods, a Salem-based company, for school lunches that meet or exceed National School Lunch Program nutritional standards. Meals include fresh fruits and vegetables (organic and locally sourced whenever possible). Entrees are freshly prepared, with no artificial colors, artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup. Low-fat and non-fat cow's milk is offered with all lunches.
School Lunch During Distance Learning - UPDATED 8-22-20 During Distance Learning, FGCS, in collaboration with Fresh 'n Local Foods, will be providing weekly meal boxes for any FGCS students whose family order them. Meal boxes will be distributed at FGCS 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays starting Sept. 14. Meal boxes are available to all FGCS students and other children in their households ages 1-18 at no cost, regardless of income or school meals benefit status, thanks to a special federal program created in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Families who think they may qualify for free or reduced-price lunch benefits are still encouraged to fill out an application so those benefits will be established when the special federal program ends.
Meal boxes contain 5 breakfast and 5 lunches. Breakfasts include whole grains, fresh fruit, milk and protein (e.g., yogurt, string cheese). Lunches include milk, fresh fruit, vegetable and frozen entrees (e.g., mac & cheese, teriyaki chicken, bean & cheese burrito) that may be heated in an oven or microwave. Monthly menus listing meals provided are posted below. Note: Meals provided in meal boxes may contain meat, gluten and dairy. Because of pandemic-related business considerations, Fresh 'n Local Foods has notified us that it is now enforcing a pre-existing state rule requiring parents to provide a doctor's note stating a medical need for any dietary requests, including those for non-dairy milk, gluten-free or vegetarian meal options. Please contact Karen Torry at email@example.com with any questions about this.
2020-21 Free & Reduced-Price School Lunch Benefits
FGCS parents are encouraged, if possible to apply online for lunch benefits. If you cannot access the online application or prefer to use a paper application, download the forms linked below or request a copy in the school office. 2020-21 Confidential Application for Free/Reduced Lunch Benefits English Spanish
Paying for School Lunch at FGCS
Lunch costs $3/day. Families may pay online for school lunch with debit/credit at MealTime (small user fee & minimum deposit apply) or may pay with cash/check in the school office. Households may qualify for free or reduced-price lunch benefits. See above for detailed information and application forms. Families may apply at any point during the school year for lunch benefits.