JPS Announces Universal Free Meal Program at JHS

Beginning November 3rd, Jamestown High School will serve breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge through the Universal Free Meal Program, according to Walter Gaczewski, JPS Director of Food Services.

All Jamestown Public Schools have now 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, middle and high school. All JPS elementary and middle school have participated in the Universal Free Meal Program since the 2013-2014 school year. This newest announcement adds Jamestown High School as part of the program.

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

Research shows that children who eat a well-balanced breakfast and lunch perform better in school. This program supports child nutrition programs and should increase breakfast and lunch participation while eliminating any barriers hindering a child’s ability to participate

“Many Jamestown children rely on school meals,” said JPS Superintendent Tim O. Mains. “Our district has over 60 percent poverty rate. If we can increase school meal participation through this program at all Jamestown schools, we can make not only progress in childhood hunger, but also increase the likelihood of a child’s success during the school day.”

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


posted on 10/29/2014 - filed under: Academics, Community, Elementary School, JHS, Middle School, Parents, Spotlight, Students