Food Services

Food Services

Food Services

We have been notified by NYSED Child Nutrition that the USDA has extended the provision of free meals to our students through June 30, 2021. This is similar to the food distribution experience from March through June, except that food will be distributed once per week on Wednesdays with a full week's worth of meals provided.

The district will be providing meals to enrolled students on days that school is in session, whether in-person or remotely. You do not need to qualify for free or reduced meals in order to receive free meals.  Because we will need documentation for meals provided for reimbursement purposes, all meals must be preordered.  It is still very important for reimbursement and other school reporting purposes that meal applications be returned with your initial paperwork.

Distribution Locations
Food distribution points have been established where families will pick up an allocation of food designed to provide meals until the next scheduled pick up day.

Meals will be provided at the following locations from 11:00 AM. – 12:30 PM on Wednesdays.

Greater Plains Elementary
Center Street District Office building
Oneonta Middle School
Lantern Hill Mobile Home Park
Mountainview Mobile Home Park
124 Oneida Street neighborhood
Silliman Cove neighborhood 

Fully Remote students will receive 14 meals (7 breakfast/7 lunch).

4-day In-Person students will receive 6 meals (3 breakfast/3 lunch).

Free & Reduced meal program
You must submit a new Free & Reduced application each school year in order to remain eligible.  Please complete the 
Free and Reduced Meal Application, sign it and return it to your child's school no later than October 20th, 2020.  Even if you feel that you are not eligible, we encourage all families to complete and return the application.
We need only one application per family. If your children are in more than one school building, you may receive more than one application. You may keep or discard any duplicates.

If you have any questions or need help in filling out the application form, please contact: Cassandra Castle, Assistant Food Service Director at 607-433-8243 Ext: 2153 or call the Business Office at 607-433-8200 ext. 1302.

Prepaid Meals and Charge Procedure

In an effort to ensure your child will get the meals for which you have paid in advance, may we suggest:
  • Pay for prepaid meals by check or money order, made payable to Oneonta City School District.
  • In the memo of the check, please write the exact dollar amount for the breakfast account (B) and the lunch account (L).
  • Write your child’s name in an obvious spot on the check.
Please mail your payment to:
Oneonta City School District
Attn: Food Service Director
31 Center Street
Oneonta, NY 13820

or deliver payment to your child’s school. Your payment will be forwarded to the food service director.
or the district offers an on-line payment process. This system allows for depositing of money on account for purchases in the cafeteria. It also allows a 30-day review of the cafeteria purchases.

The system can be accessed from the MySchoolBucks link to the right.
Easy directions allow you to set up an account.

Meal Charging and Our Anti-Meal Shaming Policy


Cassandra Castle

Assistance Food Service Director
(607) 433-8243  x2153



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