Because many of our
families struggle economically, the City School
District of Albany participates in a federal
program that allows each of our more than 9,000 students to receive
breakfast and lunch for free each day.
The program is known as the Community Eligibility Provision of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch and School
Breakfast Programs. The 2015-16 school year marks the second year
the program will be offered to all students attending all district
does this mean for my child?
All district students can receive a healthy “complete” breakfast and
“complete” lunch at their school at no charge on school days
throughout the school year. Any extra items such as an extra entrée
or extra milk will continue to be an additional cost.
Your child can participate in the program without having to pay a
fee or fill out a form. However, he or she will be assigned a number
the first week of school (see below) and will need to enter that
number for each meal.
Specific federal guidelines determine a complete meal. Several food
options – meat/meat alternative, milk, fruit, vegetable and grain –
are offered at each meal. Each student’s meal must consist of a
certain number of these foods to be considered complete. Also, at
breakfast a student must take a fruit offering and at lunch a
student must take a fruit, vegetable or both for the meal to be
You can keep money in your child's account for
additional food and beverage purchases. You also can continue to make
payments at www.paypams.com or at
the school cafeteria.
does my child get a number?
Food Service staff people in each school will have identification
numbers for each student that will be provided the first week of
school. If your child gets to the register and forgets or doesn’t
have a number, he or she can give their name to a staff member who
will look it up.
child still need to enter his or her number when going through the
Yes. We are required to account for the number of meals served and
verify that every child participating received a complete meal. If
you help your child memorize his or her lunch number, you will help
us keep serving lines running smoothly.
information, contact School Lunch Director Lisa Finkenbinder at