CPS Meals in the Classroom

School Meal Offerings For In-Person Learning
Food and Nutrition Services will be offering freshly cooked meals to students eating in the classroom while simultaneously offering meals for remote learners between 12NOON and 1PM. Below is a list of basic information to ensure families have access to free healthy school meals. Our department will update this information as we transition into in-person learning.

Who will be preparing the meals?
Food & Nutrition Staff within the school kitchens will prepare breakfast and lunch for pick up.

Who will be bringing meals from the kitchen to the classroom?
A separate designated staff person (this will vary by school). In an effort to prevent cross contact we will avoid having a kitchen staff member distribute meals.

Who will be tracking meal distribution to students?
An educator in the classroom.

What type of food will be offered?
During the first week of service food will be eaten cold (sandwiches, etc). This will allow us to work out any operational issues without compromising food safety. Afterwards, meals will more closely resemble what students would have seen offered during a ‘normal’ school year (hot foods like BBQ chicken, etc).

Where will students eat?
In the classroom. Breakfast will be available to pick up as students enter the building and move to their classrooms. Lunch will be transported from the kitchen by enclosed rolling rack up to the classroom.

When will meals be offered?

Remote meal service will remain between 12NOON and 1PM. Live-stream classes will NOT be scheduled during this window to allow families enough time to access meals if needed.

The in-person meal schedule will be at the Principal’s discretion in collaboration with Food and Nutrition staff. A staggered schedule may work best to allow for meal transit.

How much will school meals cost?
Breakfast and Lunch will be free for all Cambridge students possibly until December 31st.

How come we don’t know if meals will be free for the whole school year?
The USDA (which governs the school meals programs) initially offered waivers allowing schools to offer meals at no cost to anyone under 21 back in March. Those waivers are set to expire December 31, 2020 (or until federal funds are exhausted).

How will kitchens know what to send up to each classroom?
Educators will be able to pre-order meals for the class as they take attendance. The district attendance software has the ability to capture meal request data, so once attendance data is completed the kitchen will be able to pull a report with meal request totals for each classroom.

How do we get meals to accommodate our child’s allergies?
Call the Food and Nutrition office well in advance so arrangements can be made: 617.349.6858. We have dietitians on staff who can coordinate with school kitchens and teachers to work out logistics.
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