***Please note all school meals are now FREE of charge for all students***
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While school meals will be free this year, it is important that families fill out the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application so they may qualify for additional meal benefits and other local/school-related fees. You can find instructions for the application here.
Food Service Director
Welcome to Hingham Food Service. We strive for balance in our program of health, fun and yumminess. We offer balanced meals to the children in Hingham in a variety of ways. Some favorites amongst the students are the pretzel meal, brunch for lunch and chicken nuggets are always a big hit at any level.
Our program is an extension of the healthy lifestyle foundation that students get at home. Food service reinforces what a balanced meal looks, smells and tastes like. On a weekly basis students are served a rainbow of produce orange, dark green and legumes which come in a variety of colors can be seen on every menu every week. All the grains served in Food service are whole grain rich including the breading on the nuggets. Food service uses healthy cooking methods such as baking, roasting and steaming nothing is ever fried. Fresh whole fruit is always an option for students. So long as a student purchases a school lunch they are always welcome to come back for seconds on fruits and vegetables. Students can even purchase fruit or vegetables separately for $.50. We encourage students to take and try it all.
Modern family life is super busy. Children in this community are very busy with activities and everyday life is a juggling act. Food service has an online payment option through schoolcafe.com. Isn’t there enough to manage in a family? Let schoolcafe.com make managing school lunch easier with features like low balance alerts, automatic payments and purchase history. Schoolcafe.com does offer the convenience of accepting credit card payments but there is a fee attached to the processing. This is the only fee for the account. We will always accept payments, cash or check, at the schools (no fee). Please make checks payable to HPS Food service and put your child’s full name and homeroom in the memo of the check to insure proper processing. It would also be helpful if it was in an envelope marked school lunch, cafeteria, or food service so everyone will know where the payment should go. This mostly pertains to the elementary kids. At the Middle School and the High School it is easier if students are able to bring payments prior to lunch but if not they can hand the payments in as they come through the line. When students have money on their accounts the lines move much faster and we are always trying to find ways to give the students more time to enjoy their lunch time break.
Schoolcafe.com is also the place you can find the online application to apply for free/reduced school lunch. If your family is struggling financially check into schoolcafe.com to see if you qualify. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance with the application. Worrying about money can be stressful. This program is completely anonymous, and may help to alleviate a little of that burden. You can send your child off to school and know that he/she will have a healthy delicious meal every school day. Student’s eligibility is completely anonymous and automatic through the point of sale system.
School lunch menus are done on a monthly basis. They are posted on the school website, and emailed monthly through the student portal. If your email address is up to date in the student portal you will receive the monthly newsletter.
If your child has special dietary needs and would like to participate in the school lunch program please don’t hesitate to contact food service. Also available is a gluten free menu which is posted on our menu site. Any special meal will have to be ordered with the cafeteria manager by 9 AM. Their contact information can be found on the contact page. This gives us the time to be sure that your child will have a lunch that is safe and delicious. In addition, please note that food substitutions are only required for life-threatening food allergies as determined by a medical professional. Our Food Service Allergy Procedures can be found here.
The food service program is growing and evolving. It is better now than it was last year and every year we strive to improve and meet the needs of the children in Hingham Schools.