Borrowing or Charging Meals

A letter from the School Nutrition Director (PDF)

Borrowing (Charging) Meals 2017-2018

The School Lunch/Breakfast program is a non-profit business that is not supported by local tax dollars. All monies needed to operate come from daily revenues and state and federal subsidies. Any funds in excess of those needed for day to day operation are used to purchase new equipment and maintain existing equipment.  We are also required to have a reserve to cover periods of decreased revenue.

Since its inception the National School Lunch Program has always had as its premise the desire to ensure that school age children have adequate nourishment.  Recent studies have conclusively associated proper nourishment with a child’s ability to learn.  To that end we have no desire to deny any child the opportunity to eat a meal in the Greenfield Public School Cafeteria; however we cannot allow students to borrow meals without consequence.                                               

The following policies are currently in effect:

Greenfield High School: High School students are presumed to be responsible enough to have money to purchase meals with them daily. High School Students are not allowed to borrow in the cafeteria at all.

Greenfield Middle School: Middle School Students are also presumed to be responsible enough to bring money with them daily.  However we recognize that they may forget on occasion.  Should a Middle School student forget their lunch money they will be given a cold cheese sandwich with a fruit and veggie and milk. There will be a charge of $3.00 made to the student account. And the parent will be notified.

Greenfield Elementary Schools: The computerized point of sale tracks those accounts that have a negative balance.  Notices will be sent home at a minimum of every week.  If your child owes money to the cafeteria we would appreciate your prompt response. If after five days of borrowing the account has not been paid, the student will be given a cold cheese sandwich, with a fruit and a veggie, as well as milk.  The parent will be charged for this meal of $2.75 and is responsible for full payment. The parent will be notified. The student will no longer receive the daily menu meal until the full bill is paid. If you need to work out a payment plan, call the Food Service number @ 772-1334. You also may at any time request a new free and reduced application lunch form from your school if your income has changed. Any student attending Newton Elementary, Federal Street Elementary, and the Academy of Early Learning are able to receive school lunch at no charge as those schools participate in the Community Eligibility Provision and a household application is not required to be filled out in order to receive free meals.

For all Greenfield Public School Parents: If you wish to pay ahead for your child/children’s meals you may do so at your own convenience. In the 2016-2017 school year payments may be made online at  More information is available on our web site Navigate to the Food Services Department and you’ll see a Food Services Payment Portal which brings you to a My School Bucks link. From this link, you may pay your child’s account as well as pre-pay for any amount of meals. All you will need is the child’s name, student ID number and the zip code 01301, or see our instructions under the dropdown bar on the website. 

  • School lunch prices for 2018-2019 are:
    • Grades K-4 (elementary) Grade $2.75   
    • Grades 5 -7 (middle) $3.00   
    • Grades 8-12 (high) $3.25
  • Reduced Lunch Prices - $0.40
  • Separately Purchased Milk - $0.60

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


-Madison Walker, School Nutrition Director