October 8, 2021
Dear Minuteman High School Families,
The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students is always first and foremost at Minuteman High School. This commitment extends to food services and ensuring that all our students have access to nutritious meals at school.
Like nearly all school districts nationwide and locally, Minuteman has recently experienced supply chain issues that have impacted the number of choices on our school breakfast and lunch menus. While this situation is not ideal, I would like to stress that Minuteman absolutely has enough food available for every student. Any claims to the contrary are false. Additionally, when certain menu items are low, the food service staff will allocate the items across all four lunch periods to provide equitable access.
Unfortunately, the supply chain problems have increased over the past two weeks. Even though Minuteman still has adequate food for every student, the administration is examining options with local distributors to provide a more robust menu for students during the ongoing supply chain slow-down. We are doing what we can to ensure students’ meals are enjoyable, satisfying, and providing adequate nutrition.
Student and Parent Feedback
In the coming days, we will issue a survey to students to seek their opinions on the school meal program. In addition to our commitment to making improvements amid the supply chain issue, we want a better understanding of what menu items students desire, and other information that can help improve meal services.
Additionally, we request that parents/guardians with any questions or concerns about food services contact us directly. You may contact Lucille Barker, Food Services Director (email), Richard Ikonen, Assistant Superintendent of Operations (email), Brian Tildsley, Assistant Principal (email), or call the school at 781-861-6500.
Federal School Meal Guidelines
When it comes to meal portions, please note that Minuteman is required to follow federal school meal guidelines outlined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you would like more information on school meal portion requirements, please visit the Making It Count website, which is hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Students May Not Order Food Deliveries
There is a longstanding rule at Minuteman that students are not allowed to order food delivery during the school day. The only exceptions are with the permission of a teacher or administrator for situations such as an end-of-the-year pizza party; students may not order food delivery for themselves during the school day. In addition to this practice being prohibited by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, it causes security issues and disruption to staff supervision.
Free Meals for All Students This Year
All Minuteman students can receive one free breakfast meal and one free lunch meal every day during the 2021-22 school year due to federal pandemic-relief funding. However, any student who would like an additional meal is required to pay the cost. A breakfast meal costs $2.00 and a lunch meal costs $3.50. To learn more, you can read a notice about the federal funding on our website.
Breakfast and Lunch Menus Online
As a reminder, the daily breakfast and lunch menus are available on minuteman.org/menus.
With the supply-chain and labor-shortage issues affecting many industries and school districts at this time, Minuteman will do its part to monitor the situation and make adjustments to continuously improve the quality of meals for our students. We ask all students to provide us their feedback in the upcoming survey to assist us with this effort.