JPS Announces Universal Free Meal Programs for All Elementary & Middle Schools

Jamestown Public Schools has been approved by the United States Department of Education and the New York State Department of Education to serve breakfast and lunch at no charge to students in all Jamestown Public Schools’ elementary and middle schools through the Universal Free Meal Programs.

“Research shows that children who eat a well-balanced breakfast and lunch perform better in school,” said JPS Director of Food Services Walter Gaczewski. “This program supports child nutrition programs and increases breakfast and lunch participation while eliminating any barriers hindering a child’s ability to participate.”

The programs allow all students enrolled at JPS elementary and middle schools to be automatically eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch. Jamestown elementary and middle schools families do not need to submit a free or reduced meal application to be eligible.

“Many Jamestown children rely on school meals,” said JPS Superintendent Tim Mains. “Our district has a 70 percent poverty rate. If we can increase school meal participation through this program at the elementary and middle school level, we can make not only make progress in childhood hunger but also increase the likelihood of a child’s success during the school day.”

Jamestown households with children attending Jamestown High School who wish to apply for free or reduced meals must submit an application to determine their eligibility. Forms are available at on the Food Services Department home page. High School meal applications can be submitted at any Jamestown school.

If a parent or guardian has questions regarding the Universal Free Meal Program or the requirements for Jamestown High School families, please contact the JPS Food Service Office at 483-4398.

posted on 08/30/2013 - filed under: Community, Elementary School, Middle School, Parents, Spotlight