**NEW INFORMATION** Food Services

  • 2019-2020 Free And Reduced Priced Meal Applications

    The 2019-2020 Free and Reduced priced meal applications will be sent home with your schedule packets in August. They are also now available on the District web site - Food Services tab.

    We encourage families that feel they may qualify for meal assistance to fill out these application forms.

    Sometimes students feel awkward returning the meal application forms to the High School when classes start - please note you can mail or fax or scan and email your application to the Food Service Department even before school starts or anytime throughout the school year. 

    Mailing address for applications is on the form - Food service Fax number is 845-231-0471 Email pagano.k@beaconk12.org

     NEW THIS YEAR - New York state is waiving the .25 cent Reduced fee this year, so families that qualify for Reduced priced meals will have Freemeal status for Breakfast and Lunch.   Be sure to look at the qualifying income levels on the back of the application. Gross income higher than these listed figures will not qualify.

     Also new this year- We have a new initiative this year to encourage larger application submissions. If your child has a negative balance on their 2018-19 end of year school meal account - we will waive that one time balance if a family submits and is approved for free or reduced meals before September 13, 2019.  This is a one-time amnesty for school meal debt and will not be extended beyond the September 13 deadline.  Remember only one application for the entire family is necessary- all students and family household members get listed on one application.

    Lastly I encourage all families to register their students on www.myschoolbucks.com

    This program is free to register, and helps families manage their school meal accounts.  With the new meal charging policy regulations we are not permitted to tell your child if they have a low or negative balance - this has caused significant amount of meal charges parents may not be aware of.  Sometimes cash given to a student for a meal fund never reaches our cashiers.  We suggest parents manage this funding proactively by watching their accounts on line. Alerts and reminders for low balances can be set with MYSCHOOLBUCKS to help manage funds and this service is free. MYSCHOOLBUCKS only charges a service fee for an online deposit.  Deposits made at each school directly by check or cash have no fees. 

    Wishing you a fantastic 2019-2020 School year.

    Karen Pagano
    Director of Food and Nutrition
    Beacon City School District
    29 Education Drive
    Beacon NY 12508
    845-838-6900 X 2012 

     


    WHY BUY?

    School Meals at Beacon are the best of fresh

    We feature fresh fruits and vegetables every day - in kid size portions

    Check out the options available daily in addition to the main meal item

    Is your meal safe for your child to consume after several hours sitting in a hot classroom?

    Our food is hot when it should be, cold when it should be

    Try and buy!

     
    NEW THIS YEAR!

    Students who qualify for reduced priced meals pay nothing!

    New York State is footing the .25 cent fee for reduced meals -

    so you pay zero for school meals- 

    All the more reason to fill out a meal application.

    What is better than zero – nothing!

     

    What does SC mean on menu items?

    It means we are making that item from scratch in our kitchens.

    We do this to assure a healthier option than processed foods

    with additives you don't want in your food.

    This month our farm fresh veggies of the month are bountiful

    Our salsa is made from fresh local ingredients

    Our milk is New York produced - those cows are NY cows!

    Our salad greens come from local farms

    And did we mention apples? Only NYS apples for us.

    Stay tuned for more farm to school recipes each month

     

    -- 

    Karen Pagano

    Director of Food and Nutrition

    Beacon City School District

    29 Education Drive

    Beacon NY 12508

    845-838-6900 X 2012

     


    Lettuce for our Schools from Common Ground Farms

    Lettuce for our School from Common Ground Farms

     


    News & views from School Food Service Director Karen Pagano

    On May 1, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide greater flexibility to the federal meal pattern requirements for the purpose of making food choices both healthful and appealing to school age children.

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    So what does that mean for the healthy initiatives for School meals ??

    •  Why would schools want to serve meals with less nutritional regulations?

    These initiatives were actually lobbied by the School Nutrition Association.  Since the start of the HHFKA of 2010 the products available to schools to meet the grain and Sodium requirements were in most cases inferior to products previously served.  Students were not pleased with the regulated Whole grains and lower sodium items. Directors are struggling with changing the menu mix to provide meals students are familiar with, and want to buy.  Meal participation in most schools is down significantly and the cost of the whole grain and reduced sodium products is higher than before the regulations began.  

    • What does lower meal participation mean to School meals?     

    School Nutrition programs in most school districts operate independently of the school budget. Funding from schools meals needs to be self sufficient. The structure of school meals relies on numbers - the higher participation- the better schools are able to sustain staffing and purchases. School meal programs across the nation are experiencing unprecedented losses in revenue  since the original regulations began in the 2012 school year.

    •  How will Beacon’s Meal program change with the new reduced standards?

    The belief of Beacon School Food Service is that we will continue to work to change menu development and purchasing to reflect a necessary change to a healthier school meal plate.  Our initiatives will continue with  introducing fresh locally grown vegetables, expanded scratch cooked lower sodium soups and entrees, providing a  variety of entree salad options,  introduction of the local vegetable of the month programs, purchasing from local farms, and the expansion of the “finger food” approach to elementary levels meal options.  We will continue to reduce the overall sodium levels in our nutritional profile of our meals.  Fat free flavored milk will be our standard regardless of the new standard permitting 1% flavored milk.  We choose take the high road when it comes to the meal planning for the Children of Beacon.

    We may in some cases offer enriched pasta rather than Whole grain until a good tasting product becomes available that holds up to the mass quantities we serve.  We may offer Enriched Bagels in place of the poorly received Whole Grain version now available.  Those are the only new regulations we will choose to adopt.

    •  Will these standards be a step backwards in the Healthy options for school meals? 

    No - concerned Directors will continue to provide the best possible meals within their budgetary limits.  

    • Where do ala carte (snack) items fall in the new regulations.  

    The items sold in schools cafeteria - as well as throughout the school buildings including vending machines, fundraising sales and snack purchases in cafeterias must still follow the 2014 regulations limiting calories, sodium, fat, sugar and trans fats for all items sold.  This regulation did not change.

    Supporting school meals - means a buy in at all levels - 46% of Beacon School children are eligible for free meals.  The program must remain strong to support the health of the students we serve.

     


     

    To add money to your child's lunch account, please click on the following link/picture(s):

     

      Paying for meals online              Paying for meals online - spanish                

     

    How do I Enroll?

    1. Go to www.myschoolbucks.com and register for your free account.

    2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.

    3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.
      A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

    If you have any questions, please visit www.myschoolbucks.com and click Help or call MySchoolBucks Customer Support at 1-855-832-5226.

     

     

    NO MORE CHECKS

     


     

  • WHY BUY?

    School Meals at Beacon are the best of fresh

    We feature fresh fruits and vegetables every day - in kid size portions

    Check out the options available daily in addition to the main meal item

    Is your meal safe for your child to consume after several hours sitting in a hot classroom?

    Our food is hot when it should be, cold when it should be

    Try and buy!

     
    NEW THIS YEAR!

    Students who qualify for reduced priced meals pay nothing!

    New York State is footing the .25 cent fee for reduced meals -

    so you pay zero for school meals- 

    All the more reason to fill out a meal application.

    What is better than zero – nothing!

     

    What does SC mean on menu items?

    It means we are making that item from scratch in our kitchens.

    We do this to assure a healthier option than processed foods

    with additives you don't want in your food.

    This month our farm fresh veggies of the month are bountiful

    Our salsa is made from fresh local ingredients

    Our milk is New York produced - those cows are NY cows!

    Our salad greens come from local farms

    And did we mention apples? Only NYS apples for us.

    Stay tuned for more farm to school recipes each month

     

    -- 

    Karen Pagano

    Director of Food and Nutrition

    Beacon City School District

    29 Education Drive

    Beacon NY 12508

    845-838-6900 X 2012

Food Service Management

 Karen Pagano

Phone: 845-838-6900 X2012

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BSE , Physical Education and Nutrition

Karen Pagano

Mrs. Pagano brings over 35 years of Food Service Management experience to our School District.

She has been the Food Service Director here in Beacon City Schools since December of 2012.   The challenges of each business line have helped her to bring the best of these differing Food and Nutrition management stragegies to our District under the watchful guidelines of  USDA and Child Nutrition.  As a parent in this district you can be assured Beacon City Schools food service department meets or exceeds these standards  serving nearly 2000 meals daily in our 6 cafeterias.  

None of this work would be possible without the dedication of the strong Management team in the food service office and the kitchens of our schools. These dedicated professionals have significant cumulitive experience in School Food service and help to make each meal for your children a positive experience each day. 

Our Management team includes:

Daniele Moustakas - Sr. Typist

Beacon High School - Karla Lahey and TBD

Rombout Middle school - Josh Kirk and Mary Ann Corbett

Sargent Elementary - Micheline Warner and Vicky Andrews

South Avenue Elementary- Jamie Postolan and Margaret Kinney

Glenham Elementary- Carla Tranberg and Cindy Yalanis

J.V. Forrestal- Tara Beardsley & Debra Nairn

Dennis Lahey - Courier

Please feel free to contact our team with any concerns with your students meals.

Wishing a Healthy School year.

 

 

Contact Us

  • Director of Food and Nutrition

    Mrs. Karen Pagano
    845-838-6900 x2012
    pagano.k@beaconk12.org

     

    Senior Typist

    Mrs. Daniele Moustakas
    845-838-6900 ext. 2021
    moustakas.d@beaconk12.org

     

    Food Services

    Sargent School
    29 Education Drive
    Beacon, New York, 12508