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Food Services

For any questions or concerns please contact:
Luis Fernandez, School Food Director
Phone: (518) 257-9483

Free School Meals

HFM BOCES Parent Letter 2023-24

All District students are eligible to receive FREE school meals (1 breakfast and 1 lunch per day), regardless of family income, through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

No application is required; however, families should complete this Household Income Eligibility Form (HHIE). The data gathered from this form can qualify students for additional benefits and allows the district to receive additional state and federal funding. The online form only requires an income range and is confidential.

For questions about the HHIE form, please contact: Jennifer Radigan, Food Service Specialist,, (518) 464-5106.

Cafeteria Menus

Click here for online menus for HFM BOCES/ADK Academy and PTECH at Glebe Street

If you have difficulty accessing the above menus, please email or


Breakfast is served every school day from 7:30a.m. through 8:30a.m. for all buildings. If a student arrives after the instructional day begins, they can grab a “to-go” breakfast when signing in with Attendance. “Breakfast After the Bell” helps ensure all students have an opportunity to eat breakfast in the morning.

Research shows that children who eat breakfast:

  • show improvement on math, reading and standardized test scores
  • establish healthier habits for later in life
  • have fewer absences and incidences of tardiness
  • are more likely to behave better in school
  • consume more calcium, fiber, foliate and protein

LINQ Connect Information

Students will continue to have individual school meal accounts on LINQ Connect.  Parents/Guardians can manage those accounts here and add funds for additional meals and snacks not included in the free breakfasts and lunches. Online deposits can be added to LINQ Connect here or checks can be made payable to HFM BOCES, Food Service Program.


Meal Charge Policy

Meal Modification Statement

District Wellness Policy

Food Assistance Resources


SNAP provides monthly benefits to buy food at grocery stores, farmers markets, and other locations. SNAP helps families stretch their food budget so kids can get the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Apply for SNAP online at

The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) offers one-on-one help applying for SNAP. NOEP can tell you if you may be eligible for SNAP, answer questions, and help with your application. It’s free and confidential. Find a NOEP Coordinator near you at

Summer Food

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Please visit the USDA website to find a location near you, or text “Summer Meals” to 97779 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site nearby.

2024 Summer EBT Information from OTDA


To be automatically eligible for Summer EBT food benefits:

  •  A child must receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or Temporary Assistance (cash) benefits, or be directly certified for free meals through Medicaid, OR
  •  A child must be determined eligible for free/reduced price school meals by their school.

These children will receive benefits automatically and DO NOT need to apply. Most eligible children will receive their benefits this way. These families will receive a letter this summer letting them know that their child is eligible.

For those households that do need to apply, children may be eligible if they meet two criteria.

  •  The child must attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which our district does, AND
  •  The household’s income must be at or below the income limits for eligibility for free/reduced price school meals (2024-2025 School Year Income Eligibility Guidelines)

If your household must apply to be considered for benefits, an online application (English and Spanish) will be available by July 1, 2024, here.

Non Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf(link is external), from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: is external)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.