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Breakfast and Lunch Free for All Salmon River Students

Salmon River now participates in the federal Community Eligibility Provision

All enrolled students at Salmon River Central School District are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school for free during the 2023-24 school year.

This change was made possible by the Community Eligibility Provision through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The provision is a non-pricing meal service option for school districts that are located in low-income areas to help improve food security. The USDA will reimburse Salmon River for the cost of these meals.

À la carte items and extra meals are available for students, but they will need to be purchased separately. To make easy and secure payments, visit TITAN.

To ensure the district’s ability to continue this program in the future, all Salmon River families are asked to complete and submit a Household Income Application.  The form will also help determine whether your child(ren) may be eligible for other programs.

Please contact School Food Service Manager Nicole Foster at or (518) 358-6682 if you have any questions.

Benefits of Breakfast

Eating breakfast can help improve math, reading, and standardized test scores. Children who eat breakfast are more likely to behave better in school and get along with their peers than those who do not. Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improves memory. Children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not. By eating breakfast, students get more of important nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, dietary fiber, folate and protein. Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight. Eating breakfast as a child is important for establishing healthy habits for later in life. Schools that provide breakfast in the classroom to all students have shown decreases in tardiness and suspensions as well as improved student behavior and attentiveness. What you eat for breakfast can have an impact on learning. One study showed that eating breakfast food high in fiber and low in sugar for breakfast helped students sustain the cognitive effects of breakfast. School Breakfast provides ¼ the recommended amounts of protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C for the day.

Nutrition Information

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Peanut Butter Protocol

Our students’ safety is of the utmost concern to us, and we believe our new protocol strikes a fair balance between protecting our students with allergies, while still allowing parents to choose peanut butter as a cost effective and nutritional option for their child.

Peanuts and peanut products will no longer be served on the menu in any cafeteria in the District. Rather, we carefully selected a nut-free alternative product for the free peanut butter sandwich menu item. We will serve a 51% whole grain oatmeal bar, which comes in two sizes. The smaller size will be offered to UPK through grade 5 students, while the larger size will be offered to students in grades 6 through 12. The bars come pre-wrapped, and are peanut and tree nut-free. There will be various flavor options available, and students will be allowed to save the bars for later, if they wish. The prepackaged protein bars allow for students to do this more easily.

Although we will not serve any peanut products on our menus, we will allow students who bring their lunch to consume peanut products. However, we will ensure that all students with severe allergies are able to eat in a designated nut-free zone in the cafeteria.

This protocol was developed as the result of feedback and collaboration between parents, teachers, and our nurses and foodservice staff.