The Nutrition Services staff provides healthy meals, breakfast and lunch, to all students each school day. For the 2021-2022 School Year, ALL students will receive FREE breakfast and lunch. Students simply show their ID to the Nutrition Service staff and enjoy!
Students Food Safety
Students with specific dietary needs (allergies, sensitivities) are asked to please contact Stephanie Collins, Nutrition Services Director. She and her staff will work with you to assure your student(s) have meals to meet their needs.
Food Resources for Families
National School Lunch Program
Families are encouraged to complete an application (below) to participate in the School Lunch Program for the 2021-2022 school year. Below are some common questions regarding the application process for the Lunch Program.
At this time, Breakfast and Lunch at Abby Kelley is free to all students through the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), a federal and state funded program that encourages school food authorities (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) to provide meals in low-income areas during the summer.
SSO has been extended to support families during the 2021-2022 school year to assure EVERY student has access to meals during the school day, as a result of the Pandemic. This is not a permanent program for Abby Kelley.
Completing this application and qualifying for the National School Lunch Program assures your student(s) is eligible for food resources, possibly outside of the SSO program.
To fully complete your application you must feel the application out entirely. Please be sure to note the following requirements are included on your application for processing:
Included all household members (including non-Abby Kelley students and siblings who are not yet school age) on the application. The number you provide should be the total of all people living in the home.
Provide the Gross Income (the total income before taxes and expenses) and the frequency of this income (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) for all household members.
The last four digits of the Social Security Number (SSN) of the Primary Wage Earner or Adult household member is needed.
Stephanie Collins, Nutrition Services Director contacted families at the prior to the start of the school year to confirm their certification in the Lunch Program for the 2021-2022 school year. If you received this email, you do not need to do anything further for your student(s).
Stephanie Collins, Nutrition Services Director is available to support families with questions regarding the Nutrition Programs available at Abby Kelley. She can be reached by email or phone: [email protected] or 508-854-8400 x4645.
Applications for the National School Lunch Program and directions on how to compete this application are available here on our website (below), by contacting Stephanie Collins, Nutrition Services Director, or by contacting your student’s main office in their school building.
Once complete the application should be sent to the Nutrition Services Office; send it to school with your student, your student’s homeroom teacher will assure it gets to Nutrition Services, forms can be delivered to your student’s school in-person and left with the front desk staff, or forms can be mailed to:
Stephanie Collins, Nutrition Services Director
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School
10 New Bond St
Worcester, MA 01606
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is available to qualifying families, based on household income, student status, age and immigration status.
AKF Meal Facts
- Current nutrition standards require more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, while limiting sodium and calories in school meals.
- School meals are never super-sized! Federal law requires every school meal to provide age-appropriate portions.
- Federal law prohibits the sale of soda in the cafeteria ~ every school meal comes with low-fat or fat-free milk.
- Every school lunch offers students their choice of at least two servings of fruits and vegetables.
- Fat-free flavored milk has the same 9 essential nutrients as white milk, including calcium, protein, vitamin A and D, and potassium.
- School lunches meet limits on fat ~~ no more than 30% of calories can come from fat and less than 10% from saturated fat.