School Meal Information & Announcements

  • ***ANNOUNCEMENT 10/24/23***

    The Highland Central School District is now able to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students in all schools. This is being made possible by the Community Eligibility Provision designation and funding granted to the District by the New York State Education Department, and will be effective starting on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. For more information, visit this FAQ page.


    IMPORTANT: Be sure to fill out and return the Free/Reduced Lunch Application. Not only does it provide free/reduced meals, but it can also allow students to take some tests (SATs, PSATs, etc) and courses free of charge and provides funding to the District.

    FOR ALL HIGHLAND FAMILIES: Please visit this website for updates on P-EBT Food Benefits.

    Please see the files below for information on Highland area food pantries:

    Highland Area Food Pantries
    Ulster County Map with Pantry Locations


    ***UPDATED 4/15/2024***

    2023-2024 School Year Meal Prices

    First Breakfast K-12 .............................  No Cost 
    First Lunch K-5 ...................................  No Cost 
    First Lunch 6-12 .................................  No Cost  

    There is still an additional cost for á la carte items. Á la carte items include but are not limited to snacks, bottled water, second breakfasts, second lunches, extras, and doubles.

    Second Breakfast K-12.................... $2.10
    Second Lunch K-5........................... $3.10
    Second Lunch 6-12 ........................ $3.35

    Á la carte items are priced accordingly.

    Meal Account Transfers & Reimbursements

    To request a transfer of remaining funds OR reimbursement of meal account balance, please email Andrea Shoulars and include the first name, last name, and ID # of the student. Also, include the parent/guardian name and address where the reimbursement check should be mailed. If there is automatic replenishment on your student's MySchoolBucks account, please stop it before requesting meal account reimbursement.

    Summer Food Service Outreach:  

    Toll-free number for families to call: 1-866-3-HUNGRY, 1-877-3-HAMBRE


    Text 'FOOD' or 'COMIDA' TO 877-877


     SUBSTITUTES NEEDED: Substitute kitchen workers are needed. Call 691-1056 or 691-1057 to get on our substitute list.


    Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025  (posted Dec. 2020)


    Frequently Asked Questions for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT benefits to households with children who have received free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Act.  These temporary food benefits are to help cover the costs of meals children otherwise would have received at school.

    For questions and concerns, please contact Maria McCarthy, Food Service Director, at 691-1056.  You may find additional information at the following link: FAQs about P-EBT.  Local food pantries may be found at the following file:  Food Pantries in the Highland area .

    We are here to help our Highland community during this trying time.  

    Free / Reduced Breakfast & Lunch Program

    Please contact the Food Service Office if you have any questions about completing the Free & Reduced form. 

     Milk is offered daily for breakfast and lunch.  

    • The cost for milk is $.70 and students may choose from:
      White:             fat free and 1%
      Chocolate:     fat free


    July 2021 - Nondiscrimination Statement:

    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. 


    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 


    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, 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;

    (2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3)       email:


    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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    Meal Requirements -- Please see file attachment

    **Please note all maximum requirement for grains and proteins have been permanently lifted.  

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    We encourage all students to come into the cafeteria to enjoy breakfast.  A full breakfast consists of four food components.

    These components are: 

    • 2 grains (main entree) 
    • 1 cup of fruit/juice
    • 1 cup milk
    Students must choose three of the four components offered with one of those components being a fruit/juice.
    Our entree offerings are:
    • Hot Breakfast Sandwich
    • Pancake on a Stick
    • French Toast Sticks
    • Egg & Bacon Scramble also known as Breakfast Pizza
    • Muffins
    • Bagels/Hard Rolls
    • Assorted Cereal
    Our fruit offerings are assorted canned fruits, assorted fresh fruit, assorted 100% fruit juice in a variety of flavors.
    Our milk offerings are:
    • White - 1% or fat free
    • Chocolate - fat free
    • Strawberry - fat free

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