Food and Nutrition Services
School breakfast and lunch are FREE for ALL students for the 2022–2023 School Year.
School Year Menus
School Breakfast and Lunch Menus Use the filter feature to see the breakfast and lunch menus for your child's school at the link above.
Supply chain breakdowns, shipment delays, and labor shortages are requiring us to make last minute substitutions and changes to the menu. Get the most accurate and up-to-date information by viewing the menu daily online.
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School Menu Upgrade Project
The Food and Nutrition Services Department is working to upgrade our school menus, improving our communication with families and improving internal workflow efficiencies. Check out the timeline below.
Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application
Students eat for free in all Somerville Public Schools in the year 2022-2023. We still ask that some of our families fill out the free and reduced school meals application form so that they can access services through the schools and city.
- 2022–2023 Massachusetts Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole.
- Not sure if you need to fill out a free / reduced meals application? Read through the flowchart in English (see below), Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole.
Student Allergy Management Plan
For food allergies, religious dietary restrictions, and limitations on specific foods, please email Karyn Novakowski at the Food & Nutrition Services office.
School Breakfasts and Lunches
The FNSD is recognized around the nation for its innovative approach to healthy eating in a diverse community. The Director, Lauren Mancini, and Assistant Director, Pauline Uccello, are both members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) of Massachusetts. The FNSD is committed to providing high quality, nutritious, and innovative meals for students and staff throughout the school year and the summer. The FNSD is continuously developing new recipes featuring fresh fruits and vegetables and making nutrition education a priority.
All food and beverage items sold through the a la carte programs meet the guidelines established by the Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids.
All of the meals and snacks offered by the Food and Nutrition Services Department (FNSD) meet the nutritional and meal pattern requirements set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for participation in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Visit the USDA website for more information.
Under the guidance of the USDA, FNSD offers meals that are complete and reimbursable.
A breakfast is complete and reimbursable when it includes three of five offered components: Grains, Meat/Meat Alternative, Dairy, Fruits, Vegetables. One component must be a Fruit.
A lunch is complete and reimbursable when it includes at least three of five offered components: Grains, Meat/Meat Alternative, Dairy, Fruits, Vegetables. One component must be a Fruit or Vegetable.
Beginning on Friday, September 30, 2022, chocolate milk will be available at lunch on Fridays. White milk is still available every day, including Fridays.
Questions or comments about school meals? Call or email Food and Nutrition Services Director Lauren Mancini at 617-629-5690.
SPS complies with the USDA Non-discrimination Statement.
Lauren Mancini, Director
Pauline Uccello, Assistant Director
Karyn Novakowski, Nutrition and Sustainability Coordinator