Breakfast / Lunch Menus
Families and staff are now able to view menus, nutritional information and allergens for the Germantown Central School District food service program at the link below:
Free Meals for All Students
Beginning on November 1, 2023, all students in Germantown Central School District will be able to receive 1 free breakfast and 1 free lunch every school day, for the remainder of the school year.
This implementation is a result of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expanding access to the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP allows eligible schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to offer school meals at no charge to all students.
No application is required for students to receive free meals.
Additional meals, snacks and a la carte items will still need to be paid for. Students will be able to purchase those items with cash or funds available on their accounts.
For any questions about CEP, please contact Erin Wright, email@example.com, (518) 464-3945.
Household Income Eligibility Data for Additional District Benefits
All families are asked to complete the Household Income Eligibility Form on LINQ Connect. The data gathered from this form allows the district to receive additional state and federal funding, and can qualify students for benefits such as reduced fees for SAT and ACT tests, reduced college application fees, discounts on Chromebook warranties, and discounts on monthly internet services and computer purchases. The information from the HHIE form is confidential.
LINQ Connect Portal
Germantown CSD now uses LINQ Connect in place of the MySchoolBucks pay system for school meals. Any balance from MySchoolBucks has been transferred automatically to LINQ. There are three easy steps to starting your free family LINQ account.
Go to the Titan Family Portal from any computer, tablet or mobile device: https://linqconnect.com/
- Create a free account using your email address and create a password.
- Search District: Germantown Central School District
Once you create your account you can:
- Deposit money securely to student accounts. Deposits can also be made at the register. Cash or checks are accepted. Please make checks payable to Germantown CSD.
If you experience any issues with the registration process, please contact Erin Wright, Shared Food Service Program Specialist at Capital Region BOCES at 518-464-3945 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Meals 2023
Visit summermealsny.org for more information on where children and teens can receive free, healthy meals!
Interim School Lunch Director
For information about the end of Emergency SNAP benefits and other resources, please contact the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance here.
Meal Shaming Procedures
The goal of the Germantown Central School District is to provide students access to nutritious meals each school day. To ensure that a student whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a student whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees, we follow meal shaming procedures.
Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the President and Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households up to $30/month (or $75/month for households living on Tribal lands) toward their internet bills, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.
All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price school meals under the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, within the last 12 months, including children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, are eligible for ACP benefits.
Households are also independently eligible if:
(1) their income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level ($55,500 for a family of four); or
(2) a member of the household participates in certain other Federal benefit programs—including, among others, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and Federal Public Housing Assistance.
To further lower costs, the Biden-Harris Administration secured commitments from internet service providers across the country to offer high-speed plans that are fully covered by the ACP. As a result, millions of working families can now get high-speed internet without paying a dime.
Families can check their eligibility, sign up, and find fully covered plans at GetInternet.gov(link is external) (mobile-accessible and available in Spanish) or by calling 877-384-2575.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf(link is external), from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or