Food & Nutrition Services

IACS School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Massachusetts became the 8th state to make Free School Meals for All permanent which means that breakfast and lunch will continue to be served at no cost to all students for years to come.  However, unless you received notice of direct certification for free or reduced-price meals, you are encouraged to complete a SY23-24 Application as you may be eligible for other benefits.

Breakfast is served daily for both Middle School (7:45-8:00) and High School (9:27-9:40) and includes whole grain (bagels, muffins, cereals) fresh fruit, and milk. 

Lunch is served each day and offers a nutritious, well-balanced meal of meat/meat alternatives, whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk. In addition to the daily lunch special, a variety of salads and sandwiches are available. Vegetarian options are offered daily and gluten-free options are available upon request. Click here to view our menu.

Please note, one breakfast and one lunch meal is FREE provided the student takes a reimbursable meal. For more information about what constitutes a reimbursable meal click here.

Parent Portal for School Meal Account/PIN#

Using the Parent Portal or the QR code parents have the option to load funds onto each student’s meal accounts, monitor menu choices and account balances, and restrict purchases. IACS offers second meals which are not included in the free meal program. Additionally, students will be charged for non-reimbursable meals.

The point of sale (POS) system is specifically designed for school nutrition programs. Using the School Payment Portal parents have the option to load funds onto each student’s meal accounts, and monitor and restrict purchases. Second meals are available for purchase. Students should memorize their PIN #, please remind them to not share it with others. Students must use their PIN for free meals and purchases. 

Free or Reduced Price Meal Eligibility

If you have NOT received notification of free or reduced-price meals, and even though meals will be free for all, it is important for families to still complete the household for the current school year as you may be eligible for other benefits.

 

In addition, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. More SNAP information can be found at gettingsnap.org or by calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

Food Allergies and Special Dietary Needs

If your child has food allergies or special dietary needs, please contact the school nurse Gayle Nutile Pimm gnutilepimm@innovationcharter.org AND Karen Drake kdrake@innovationcharter.org.

Contact Karen Drake, Director of Food Services kdrake@innovationcharter.org or (978) 649-0432 x2008 if you have any questions about the school nutrition program.

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Non-Discrimination Statement:

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%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, 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:

  1.  mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    program.intake@usda.gov