Food Services

This Year in Food Service

During the 2023-24 school year, Schoharie CSD will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision program, which provides no-cost meals to all students.

CEP is a federal provision that allows high-poverty schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. This option increases school meal participation by removing stigma, maximizes federal reimbursements, reduces administrative paperwork, and eliminates unpaid school meal debt. CEP schools continue to operate both the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs, and must uphold nutrition standards and meal quality, but processes and procedures for counting and claiming reimbursable meals are simplified. CEP is available to any school, group of schools or district that have 40 percent or more students directly certified for free school meals, by means other than a school meal application.

School districts that participate in the CEP program:

  • Must provide both breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost.
  • Do not track meals by fee category (i.e. free, reduced-price, paid). They simply count the total number of meals served.
  • Do not collect payment/fees from students.
  • Do not collect and verify school meal applications.

While the reduction in paperwork related to traditional free and reduced lunch forms is a clear benefit, New York State still requires CEP schools to collect alternative forms –  also referred to as CEP Household Income Eligibility Form – for other purposes, such as state education funding and Foundation Aid. Also, individual families may be eligible for certain benefits based on the data collected through these forms.

This form is available below:

CEP Household Income Form

CEP Parent Letter

Monthly Menus

Menus are updated monthly and are available at LINQ Connect. Lunch items are subject to change. Print versions are available below:

Jr./Sr. High School Breakfast Menu, September

Elementary Breakfast Menu, September

Jr. /Sr. High School Lunch Menu, September

Elementary Lunch Menu, September

LINQ Connect

The District has discontinued the MySchoolBucks pay system and has launched a new system on a platform called LINQ Connect (last year it changed it’s name from Titan.  There are three easy steps to starting your family LINQ Connect account.

  1. Register
    Create an account at and
    selecting Register.
  2. Verify your Account
    Verify your account by clicking on the email verification
    link sent to your email address.
  3. Sign In
    Now you can sign in at using your
    email and password.

For commonly asked questions and answers, please see our LINQ Connect FAQ Sheet.

Checks can be made payable to Schoharie Central School District School Lunch Fund. For elementary students please remember to put payments in an envelope labeled with the child’s full name (and names of any siblings that are to receive account payments) and teacher’s name.

If you experience any issues with the registration process, please contact Erin Wright, Shared Food Service Program Specialist at Capital Region BOCES at 518-464-3945 or by email at

Think Breakfast!

The New York State Education Department’s New York State Child Nutrition Program offers a fun, information-filled website about breakfast and more. Visit Think Breakfast! on the web.

Healthy catering for Elementary classrooms

Schoharie’s Food Services department and our Elementary cafeteria offer a catering service to provide healthy snacks for in-classroom birthdays, holiday parties, snack time or any time. Simply download and complete the form below and return it with payment by the morning of the day of your child’s classroom event to the Elementary cafeteria. Forms are also available at the cafeteria.

Catering Order Form

SNAP Information

For information about the end of Emergency SNAP benefits in 2023 and other resources, please contact the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance here

 USDA Summer Meals program

The USDA offers free summer meals for children age 18 and younger at locations throughout the country. To learn more, visit

You may be eligible for free summer meals!

Free Summer Meals

 FREE summer meals near you!
See the following information to quickly and easily find summer meal locations near you.
Text: “food” or “comida” to 877-877
Call: 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 211

How Are Lunches Planned?

Schoharie Central School District plans meals according to nutrition, portion and serving guidelines that have been set by New York State and the federal government to ensure children are offered meals that provide the nutrition they need and to encourage healthy eating habits. The guidelines were established as part of the U.S. Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Schoharie works with suppliers to find foods that both meet the guidelines and are appealing to students. Food services staff also develop ideas to make eating healthy fun for students, such as a make your own pizza and veggie burritos, while meeting the guidelines.

Meal Pricing

  • Adult breakfast: $2.57
  • Adult lunch: $5.02

Federally Required Daily Calorie Counts

The federal government had set the following minimum and maximum number of calories per day for students:

  • K-6: 550-650 calories per day
  • Grades 7-8: 600-700 calories per day
  • Grades 9-12: 750-850 calories per day


As with meals, federal and state guidelines govern the ingredients, portion sizes and calorie counts for any snacks that are made available for sale to students during school hours.

Prohibition Against Meal Shaming

The goal of the Schoharie Central School is to provide student access to nutritious no- or low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a pupil whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a pupil whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees.

    Affordable Connectivity Program

    As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the President and Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households up to $30/month (or $75/month for households living on Tribal lands) toward their internet bills, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. 

     All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price school meals under the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, within the last 12 months, including children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, are eligible for ACP benefits. 

     Households are also independently eligible if:

     (1) their income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level ($55,500 for a family of four); or

     (2) a member of the household participates in certain other Federal benefit programs—including, among others, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and Federal Public Housing Assistance.

    To further lower costs, the Biden-Harris Administration secured commitments from internet service providers across the country to offer high-speed plans that are fully covered by the ACP. As a result, millions of working families can now get high-speed internet without paying a dime.

     Families can check their eligibility, sign up, and find fully covered plans at or by calling 877-384-2575.

    Child Nutrition 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: P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf(link is external), 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: