A Note from Food Services


Over the last two years, Carmel Central School District has been able to provide free, nutritious meals to our students due to the USDA waivers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. These waivers expired at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.  All meals for students will not be free in the 2022-2023 school year unless a student qualifies through an approved free and reduced-price school meal application or direct certification.  An email has been sent from the CCSD Food Services Department during the summer of 2022 encouraging families to complete the 2022-2023 Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals to determine meal eligibility for the 2022-2023 school year.  

Families of students who are not certified eligible for free meals should plan on paying for school meals in advance or at the time of purchase.   CCSD offers an online payment service, MySchoolBucks, which provides a quick and easy way to add funds to your student's meal account using a credit/debit card.  You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set up low balance alerts.  Visit www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.  

2022-2023 Student Meal Prices

Breakfast $2.00   
Lunch $3.40

Breakfast $2.00   
Lunch $3.40

Elementary Schools  
Breakfast $1.50  
Lunch $3.15

To apply for free and reduced price school meals, please complete a 2022-2023 Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals.  Applications can be found on the new school year printed school calendar, as part of the online registration packet, the Food Services webpage under the Free and Reduced tab, by email at carmelfoodservices@carmelschools.org, or by calling the Food Services Department at 845-878-2094, Extension 255.  Completed applications can be faxed to 845-878-2568, dropped off at any of our main offices at the schools, or emailed to carmelfoodservices@carmelschools.org, or mailed to:

Carmel Central School District  
P.O. Box 296, 81 South Street    
Patterson, NY  12563  
Attention:  Food Services Department  



Food Allergy Information

Food Allergy Information

Food allergies have become a growing public health concern in the United States. With the incidence of food allergies doubling in the US over the last 10 years, procedures are being established in schools around the country to help keep children safe. 

The Carmel Central School District Food Service Department participates in a federally funded Child Nutrition Program and any meals, milk, and snacks served must meet program requirements.  Reasonable meal accommodations will be made when the accommodation requested is due to a disability or impairment.  If you are requesting a meal accommodation for a food allergy, diet restriction, or substitution, please send a doctor's note to the school nurse.  The school nurse will inform the cafeteria staff, and a note will be placed on your student's cafeteria account.  CCSD partners with parents of children with food allergies to assist in ensuring children feel comfortable eating in the cafeterias. 

If you have any questions about the foods served in our cafeterias, please contact Patrick Rodia at 845-878-2094, extension 254.   

If you would like information on how to manage your child's food allergy in our schools, please contact Food Services at (845) 878-2094, ext. 255. Are you a member of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)? FAAN is a non-profit organization dedicated to becoming a world leader in Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis awareness. For more information, visit the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

Dietary Guidelines

Carmel Central School District proudly participates in the National School Lunch Program.  The USDA (Department of Agriculture) has established new dietary guidelines that moderate calories while increasing whole grains, fruits and vegetables. 


Breakfast includes:

2 servings of whole grains (cereal, bagels, muffins, breakfast bars, cereal bars),

1 cup of fresh, canned, dried, or frozen fruit (apple, applesauce, banana, orange, peaches, pears, raisins, strawberries)

8 fluid ounces of milk (1% or Fat Free)


Lunch includes:

2 oz. of meat/meat alternative

1 cup fruit serving

3/4 cup vegetable serving (1 cup high school)

2 servings of whole grains

8 fluid ounces of milk (1% or Fat Free)


Students must select a minimum of three items and one MUST be a fruit or vegetable serving to be charged the lunch price. 

 Additional items are offered a la carte for an additional charge. 

 Should you have any questions, please feel free to call the Food Services Department at (845) 878-2094, ext. 255.  Thank you for your interest and support of the School Lunch Program. 

School Delays

When a decision is made to call a two-hour or a three-hour delayed opening of school, breakfast will not be served at our schools.  Lunch will still be served, however, the lunch periods will be shortened.  Please contact your child's school for more information.