All Herkimer CSD students to receive free meals for 2023-24 school year

Free breakfast and lunch will be available to all Herkimer Central School District students this school year.

The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Food Service program has announced that Herkimer Central School District is among the schools approved to operate under the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2023-24 school year – meaning that all meals can be served to all students for FREE!

Families do not need to fill out a free/reduced meal application, but it is helpful to your district if you take a few minutes to fill out the income collection form.

The quickest and best way to complete the income form is by going to, select your school district and follow the prompts from there.

You can also download a printer friendly version of the form by clicking here. If you print out and fill out the hardcopy form, you can return it to your school building office or send it to:

OHM BOCES School Food Service Office
c/o Perry Jr. HS
9499 Weston Rd.
New Hartford, NY 13413

While complete meals are free, single items such as milk will still be charged to student accounts. Milk this year will be $0.75. Other a la carte items such as frozen yogurt, baked chips, and whole grain cookies will be available for purchase most days in the school cafeterias. Prices on those items range from $0.75-$2.00. There is no charging of a la carte items; meaning students must have a positive account balance, or cash in hand in order to purchase.

Please sign up for an account! This is an excellent way to monitor your childrens’ meals and a la carte purchases. These accounts are free to set up and use; you can even set up email reminders for when a balance gets low! If you choose to use them for prepayment, a small fee is incurred with each transaction.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the OHM BOCES Food Service!

Kate Dorr
School Food Service Director/ Registered Dietitian

More information from the OHM BOCES Food Service:

All students enrolled at Herkimer Central School District are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2023-2024 school year. No further action is required of you. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit an application. However, completing the income collection form will help your district with their reporting requirements.

OHM BOCES strives to provide students with tasty, nutritious, fresh, foods that appeal to students and the school community. We have continually exceeded federal and state guidelines for all required nutrients and increased our offerings of fresh fruit and vegetables. Farm-to-school items and programming are improving our students’ connections to fresh food and resources. The menu balances student preference, commodity foods and locally sourced foods that are fresh, fun and encourage students to explore new flavors and new preparations.

All students have their own meal account with an assigned pin number. Please be sure to help your children learn their numbers; especially if they are new participants. You can also use this account to make payments for a la carte items; checks made out to OHM BOCES Food Service, or online prepayments ( are preferable, though cash in a labeled envelope is also an option.

Because we are operating under CEP this year, families do not need to fill out Free/Reduced meal applications. However, it is helpful to your school if you complete the income collection form available at PDFs and hard copies are also available. Eligible families may qualify for benefits such as waived test fees.

OHM BOCES staff in your district take great care in providing nutritious, well-balanced meals, including whole grains, lean proteins and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. OHM school nutrition professionals have extensive food safety training, make accommodations for students with food allergies and have the skills and knowledge to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all.

This information is also posted on our School Meals page, where menus will be posted as well closer to the start of the school year.


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