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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
Federal regulations governing the operation of Child Nutrition Programs, Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that children with disabilities be offered the opportunity to participate in all academic and nonacademic activities including the school nutrition programs. The District will make reasonable accommodations to those children with disabilities whose disabilities restrict their diets, such as providing substitutions and/or modifications in the regular meal patterns. Such meal substitutions for students with disabilities will be offered at no extra charge. A student with a disability must be provided substitutions in food when that need is supported by a statement signed by a physician attesting to the need for the substitutions and recommending alternate foods.

However, the school food service is not required to provide meal services (for example, School Breakfast Program) to students with disabilities when the meal service is not normally available to the general student body, unless a meal service is required under the student's individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 Accommodation Plan as mandated by a physician's written instructions.

Though not required, the District will also allow substitutions for non-disabled children who are unable to consume the regular meal because of medical or other special dietary needs if the request is supported by a statement signed by a recognized medical authority.

Most children have no special dietary needs and are able to participate in the Child Nutrition Programs. In some instances, children may experience allergies to certain foods.

If you believe your child(ren) need substitutions due to a disability or allergy, please contact us and we will make the necessary accommodations. You must provide medical certification from your child’s doctor that contains:

  1. Verification that special meals are needed due to your child’s allergy or disability, and
  2. Recommendation and/or /prescription for alternate foods needed to meet your child’s special dietary needs.
  3. Signature of your physician.
If you have any questions regarding meal modifications, contact Mary Dellapenna at (585) 494-1220 x1015.
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