Dear Families

    Beacon City School District Food Service Department is committed to providing meals to our school children.  If your family has experienced a loss of income you may qualify for Free/Reduced meals for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Families that filled out and qualified for Free/Reduced meals for the 2019-2020 school year will continue this coverage once school returns through September however a new application must be filled out & submitted each year

    If you are currently receiving SNAP benefits, you DO NOT need to fill out an application. You will recieve a notification from the Food Service Department in the next few weeks.

    Meal applications are available on the links below. 
    ENGLISH 2020-2021 APPLICATION FOR FREE & REDUCED MEAL/MILK https://www.beaconk12.org/Page/1468 
    SPANISH 2020-2021 APPLICATION FOR FREE & REDUCED MEAL/MILK http://www.beaconk12.org/Page/1469

    Applications can be scanned or screen shot via phone and emailed to our office staff at: Moustakas.d@beaconk12.org.

    Karen Pagano
    Food Service Director
    Beacon City School District





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  • School Meal Pricing/Information


     Please note that there is no cost for students who are eligible for free lunch. 

     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 fees waived for meals for Breakfast and Lunch.


    1.  On Line Using mySchoolBucks.com  
    The service is easy to use, convenient, private and secure. A small security fee is charged for each prepayment transaction online, but there is no charge if you make deposits in school via check or cash. Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at any time at no charge. 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. 

    We've summarized a quick start guide, for complete instructions on how to use your mySchoolBucks account click the link: http://learnmyschoolbucks.com/Parent

    2.  Check
    Make checks payable to Beacon City School Food Service and send the check to the school - Teachers will send to the food service cashier at your school. A local address and phone number are required to be either printed or handwritten on the check. The student name and PIN number are required on the check memo line. There is no service fee for depositing money into a students mySchoolBucks account by check. 

    3.  Cash
    Cash may be brought to the school food service cashiers for deposit on student’s account, or students may pay cash on a daily basis. There is no service fee for depositing money into a students mySchoolBucks account by cash. 

    Applying for Free or Reduced Meals
     Guardians can apply for free or reduced meals any time during the school year. The application for free or reduced meals is available on the toolbar to the left. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you have been rejected before but your financial circumstances have changed. ALL the information you give on this application will be kept confidential and will not be shared to any agency outside of the Department of Education. You can submit your application via mail, fax, by scanning and emailing it to the food service director, or dropping it off at the food service office at school.  

    For more information about school lunch, check out FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS below!

    Why Buy School Lunch?
     Beacon City School District has a robust Farm-to-School program that supports delicious, fresh and nutritious food in every cafeteria. Over the last eight years we have been steadily increasing our daily cafeteria offerings to include more local produce, dairy and proteins. We offer from-scratch entrees (identified as SC on the menu mix) and a salad bar at the middle school and daily fresh salads at every school.

    Take a look at our menus and you will see a variety of plant-forward entrees, as well as multiple other options available every day. 

    You can also be certain that food is kept at the appropriate temperature throughout the day, increasing food safety. It’s cold when it should be and hot when you want it. 

    For more information on our Farm-to-School partnerships, visit https://www.commongroundfarm.org/education/farm-to-school and https://www.hudsonvalleyseed.org/

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Food Service Management

 Karen Pagano

Phone: 845-838-6900 X2012


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

     Senior Typist
    Mrs. Daniele Moustakas
    845-838-6900 ext. 2021

    Food Services
    Sargent School
    29 Education Drive
    Beacon, New York, 12508