Thanks to federal funding, all students in the HFM PTECH program will receive free breakfast and lunch throughout this school year.
U.S. Department of Agriculture funding – made available through New York State – will make free meals available to all students in the program regardless of family income. No paperwork will be required from families for meals.
Starting on Monday, Nov. 21, students who are dropped off at Jansen Avenue School before being bused to FMCC will be able to get a grab-and-go breakfast in the cafeteria starting at 7:30 a.m. before they leave at 7:40 a.m.
Starting Monday, Nov. 28, juniors who are bused directly to FMCC will be dropped off in the morning in front of the BOCES Conference Center entrance, where they will be able to get a grab-and-go breakfasts at the BOCES cafeteria located just inside that entrance.
Lunch for juniors attending FMCC also will be served in that BOCES cafeteria at no cost to students.
All freshmen and sophomores will receive breakfast and lunch at Jansen Avenue School at no cost.
Lunch and breakfast times will remain the same for both campuses.
The free meals are made possible by the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, which eliminates the requirement of collecting household applications for free and reduced-price meals in high-needs districts.
While families will not have to fill out paperwork to receive the free meals, parents will still be asked to fill out income documentation forms for other programs for which HFM BOCES receives important state and federal aid.
“Research shows that proper nutrition plays an important role in learning and behavior in students,” PTECH Principal Mike Dardaris said. “Ensuring all our students are provided with meals will help them stay focused throughout the school day.”