The State of Connecticut has approved FREE breakfast for ALL students for the school year 2023-2024. The state has also approved funds for all reduced eligible students to receive "Free" lunch for the 2023-2024 school year.
2023-2024 Breakfast / Lunch Program
Please click on this link for information on menus, prices and Free & Reduced lunch applications.
Welcome to Frank Ward Strong Middle School
District 13 Food service webpage.
Our goal is to provide the students of RSD-13 a variety of healthy and nutritious food choices. Our meals meet the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and the Healthy Food Certification guidelines that include limiting fat & saturated fats as well as providing the recommended dietary allowance of protein, calcium, iron and vitamin A & C. All meals consist of the 5 food components; proteins, dairy, whole grains, fruits & vegetables.
Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health & well-being. Schools have the responsibility to help students and staff establish and maintain lifelong healthy eating patterns
** Please note; We continue to be affected by the nationwide supply chain shortage. Some food and beverage products normally provided to students may not be available or arrive as scheduled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, last-minute changes and product substitutions may occur. Be assured meals will remain balanced, healthy and plentiful. We ask for you patience and understanding as we do our best to meet the needs of our students.
If your child is lactose intolerant and would like the district to allow your child to substitute their lunch beverage choice for an approved milk substitute, you will need to provide a note from your physician acknowledging this disability. The district does not offer milk substitutions for non-disability students or for students whose culture, religion or ethical beliefs preclude the consumption of cow’s milk. For those students with a recognized disability who cannot consume cow’s milk, the school will omit or substitute fluid milk based on the written statement from a licensed physician. The written request from the medical authority must identify the student’s medical or other special dietary need that precludes the consumption of cow’s milk. No other information is required.
ALLOWABLE FLUID MILK SUBSTITUTES
Juice and water cannot be offered as milk substitutes for nondisabled children at any time. If a school district chooses to make milk substitutions available, they must include either low-fat (1%) or less lactose-free or lactose-reduced milk or a nondairy beverage that meets the USDA nutrition standards for milk substitutes. Lactose-free or lactose-reduced milk (low-fat (1%) or less) and nondairy beverages are the only two options that are allowed for milk substitutions in the USDA school nutrition programs.