Returning to School Food Service Update

Free Meals Expected Through June 30, 2021

Dear Wellesley Parents and/or Guardians:

To ensure children have continued access to nutritious meals during the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the nationwide waiver allowing school food service sites to offer free meals. All students, regardless of a family’s financial means, will be offered free meals.

These meals will be available through June 30, 2021. These meals are available to all WPS students, including students enrolled in the RLS. Pre-ordering of meals will be required so Whitsons can prepare an appropriate number of meals. Below are the instructions to sign up for meals and pick up locations for RLS students.

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS:

When students are on-site they will preorder during homeroom:

Elementary

  • Students will order during homeroom for the current day’s meal
  • Meal offerings are: 1. Hot meal, 2. Bagel/Yogurt meal, 3. Sunbutter sandwich [choices may change])
  • Only lunch will be provided
  • Milk is a part of an ordered meal. An additional milk or milk only is $0.75. This will be charged to the student’s account.

Middle School

  • Students must order lunch at least 24 hours in advance. Go to the link below to place an order: Middle School Pre Order Lunch Form.
  • Daily orders are cut off at 7:00 am the day of service o Same day ordering is discouraged, but accepted via email to mdelaney@wellesleyma.gov
  • No a la carte items will be available until further notice
  • No cash transactions. Please be sure your child has money on account if any purchase is expected.
  • Milk is a part of an ordered meal. An additional milk or milk only is $0.75. This will be charged to the student’s account.

High School

  • Students will be able to make their choices in the cafeteria. The number of students allowed in the cafeteria serving area at one time will be limited to 10.
  • Breakfast will be available from 7am to 9am. Lunch is available from 10:55 am to 12:40 pm.
  • No a la carte items will be available except water bottles until further notice.
  • Milk is a part of an ordered meal. An additional milk or milk only is $.75. This will be charged to the student’s account.
  • No cash transactions. Please be sure your child has money on account if any purchase is expected.

When students will be off-site the families are to preorder meals:

On the homepage of the wellesleyps.org website the box on the right labeled “Food Services” has the link “WPS Meal Order Form” to the form.

  • Order deadline is 7am on Monday for a Wednesday pickup
  • The meals provided will be both breakfast and lunch
  • There is a set menu
  • There are 3 meals for hybrid students and 5 meals for the RLS students.
  • For the RLS students, meals are to be picked up at the HS on Wednesday between 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. For hybrid students, meals are to be picked up at the MS Wednesday between 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. During holiday weeks when the students are in school on Wednesdays, the MS pick up will be from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Other notes:

  • There is a monthly menu available on the website: https://www.fdmealplanner.com/
  • Extra meals will be available at all locations in case of emergency or circumstances beyond our control
  • The pre-ordering is required for the lead-time to get the meals from Whitsons’ location in New York.
  • All meals are prepackaged
  • The meal pickup location at each school will be determined by the principals.
  • The pickup locations will have an information card. This will be passed out to families who have questions about the program/process.
  • No cash will be accepted. If a student does need to provide cash, the change will be added to their account.
  • Meals are to be eaten at designated spots at each school

If you have questions, please call Matt Delaney, Food Service Director, at 781-446-6210 x5708 or email mdelaney@wellesleyma.gov.

We look forward to providing nutritious and delicious meals for all of the students.

Thank you.

USDA meal plan extension SY20-21 Update June2021 (PDF)

Food Service Update – Free Meals Available to All Students Through 6/30/21
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