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Free Meals

Byron-Bergen Central School District is excited to announce that all student meals for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year will be provided at no cost to our families. Last month, the United States Department of Agriculture updated their eligibility guidelines and the District has qualified for funding through a federal program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). 

“I want to thank the members of our community who took the time to fill out the Income Eligibility Form,” said Byron-Bergen Superintendent Pat McGee. “We were able to leverage the collected data to secure free meals for every student in the district.”

Families who have not yet submitted a Income Eligibility Form are encouraged to visit to download a printable application.


Q: How long will school meals be free?
A: School meals will be provided at no cost for the duration of the CEP funding.

Q: Does this include snacks?
A: Extra snacks are not included but can be purchased from the a la carte menu using MySchoolBucks debit accounts. For more information on MySchoolBucks please visit the Food Services website at

Q: Will we be reimbursed for meals already purchased during this school year?
A: No. The District just obtained eligibility effective November 1 and the funding will not be retroactive to the beginning of the school year.   

Feeding the Body & the Mind

Elementary School students in the cafeteria.

Every day the dedicated people of our Food Services Department provide appetizing and nutritious meals for our children.

We encourage all students to participate in our prepay program, Please contact the Food Service office in your child's school for information.
School Lunch Manager: Mary Della Penna
(585) 494-1220 x1015

c/o Byron-Bergen CSD
6917 W. Bergen Rd.
Bergen, NY 14416

About Food Services at Byron-Bergen Schools:

Food Based Menu Planning
The Byron-Bergen Central School District participates in the USDA Food Based Menu Planning program. Breakfast meets one-fourth of the student’s Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA). Lunch meets one-third of a student’s RDA.

We encourage prepayment utilizing our on-line payment system Prepayments may be used for all a Ia carte items.

Nondiscrimination 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:, 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:
     [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Milk distribution update

Due to the nation-wide shortage of single-serve milk cartons, Byron-Bergen has secured lidded cups to distribute milk to our students. There will be no interruption in milk availability at either school.

Payment Options
Students can pay for a la carte items through a MySchoolBucks account. If you choose to sign up for this service, you will need your student’s ID # which can be obtained by contacting the main office at the Elementary or Jr./Sr. High School. Students may also pay cash.

Special Dietary Needs

Meal Modification Statement
Byron Bergen Central School District provides reasonable modified meal components on menus to accommodate students with a disability.  A parent/guardian wishing to request dietary accommodations for their student with a disability/allergy must submit a medical statement completed by a State licensed healthcare professional, i.e., Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant to their school’s nurse’s office.  Documents can be sent by the healthcare professional by email, fax or mail to the Medical Director, Amy Stevens, at the Jr/Sr High School building.   If you need assistance, please contact Mary Della Penna, Food Service Director, at [email protected].
The medical statement requirements are:
  • Provides information about impairment (diagnosis not required)
  • Explanation of what must be done to accommodate the disability, which may include:
    1. Food(s) to avoid or restrict (such as allergen)
    2. Food(s) to substitute
    3. Brief explanation of how exposure affects the student(s)
If the information provided in the medical statement is unclear, or lacks sufficient detail, the District’s Food Service Director shall request additional information so that a proper and safe meal can be provided.  Modifications to the meals will begin immediately upon receipt of the documentation and continue while waiting for additional information, if needed.  This form will remain on file and in force until we receive written notification from the parent to remove.
Modification procedure:
  • All servers and cashiers are made aware of the modification as soon as the food service department is notified
  • Student’s account is flagged with the modification, so it automatically comes up on the POS when the child enters his or her number
  • Any food items needed to be purchased (gluten free items, dairy free items and etc) will be done within 10 business days.  Substitutions will be made until the ordered product is received.
When choosing an appropriate approach to accommodate a student’s disability, the District will consider the expense and efficiency of the requested accommodations.  The district will offer a reasonable modification that effectively accommodates the child’s disability and provides equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from the program, which may include a generic version of a product.

Parents may file a grievance regarding the request for accommodation with the District’s Superintendent’s office by calling (585) 494 – 1220 ext 2329.  The office will schedule a hearing on the Grievance, in writing, to be held within 10 business days.  The Business Official shall provide a copy of the procedures governing the hearing, including that the parent has the right to be accompanied by counsel, and the appeal process upon request.  The District will not prepare meals outside the normal menu to accommodate a family’s religious or personal health beliefs
For additional guidance, see FNS memorandum SP 69-2016, Modification to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs, SP 26-2017 Accommodating Disabilities in the School Meal Programs;  Guidance and Questions and Answers (Q&As), ( and Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs (
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