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Nutrition Services

The mission of our program is to give all of the students in the Auburn School District access to healthy, nutritious and appealing meals in a welcoming environment.  Our program offers both breakfast and lunch for all students on a daily basis. Whenever possible, we prepare our meals from scratch, and use as few processed and pre-packaged food products as we can.  We attempt to introduce new foods to students and serve recognizable foods in innovative ways.  Every day we encourage students to try new things.  Our hope is that with our help, this generation of children will establish great eating habits that will last a lifetime.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the driving force behind our school breakfast/lunch programs.  All of our meals meet the USDA requirements and dietary guidelines as set forth in the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.  The face of school lunch has changed dramatically as a result of this legislation. The requirements are quite rigid and are linked with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Bureau of Nutrition Services, within the NH Department of Education, is the state agency that oversees and monitors all public school lunch programs in our state and we are reviewed on a regular basis.

Please follow any of the links on the nutrition links tab for more detailed information regarding several important topics.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), Public Law 111-296, establishes requirements for conducting outreach to households on the availability of Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals. The purpose is to provide guidance to the families on the SFSP Open Sites that are available in NH and requires schools to conduct this outreach of the SFSP before the end of the school year. Click here for outreach sites.

If you have any questions about our program, please do not hesitate to contact me at either 483-2769, ext. 1229 or

Mrs. Belanger

Director of Nutrition Services

Free and reduced price meal applications may be processed at any time during the school year.  Please be sure to fill out the application completely and return it to Nutrition Services at your child’s school.  Apply Online Now

AVS 2023-2024 Letter to Households and FAQ

AVS 2023-2024 Household Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals

AVS 2023-2024 Free-reduced instructions

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions concerning our lunch program.

How Does The Meal Card Work?
Each child is issued a meal card with an ID# (which is identical to their library #) to be used to purchase breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks. Money is to be sent in to Mrs. Belanger (cash or check) and is deposited into each child’s account. This is to be used as a debit account. Meal cards are organized by classes and left in slots on the wall of the cafeteria. The children retrieve their own cards, choose their food and “pay” for their selected items with their card. This amount is deducted from their account and the card is returned to the slots.

What Are The Prices?
Breakfast: Grades K-8 is $1.50

Lunch: Grades K-8 is $2.90

Lunch is a choice of hot lunch, which usually offers 2 entrees, or salad bar plus white milk or chocolate milk. Water and assorted 100% juices (only available to grades 3 and up) is an additional $.50 or $1.00. If milk is purchased without a meal it is $.50 for white or chocolate.

Can My Child Get A Second Lunch?
Yes, but they will be charged an additional lunch price

Can My Child Buy Snacks?
Yes, snacks such as Reduced Fat and Baked chips are available for $.50 or $.75. Snacks can only be purchased after your child has finished with their lunch. Morning snack is available from 9:30-10:00 for grades 3-5. 1-2 will only be allowed to purchase morning snack at the discretion of each teacher. Only state regulated foods will be offered for sale in the cafeteria.

What Happens When My Child’s Account Is Deficient? A notice will be sent home describing the balance owed on your child’s account. There should always be $$ present in your children’s account in order for them to select the items they need to keep them nutritionally sound.

What Grades Eat Together And At What Times?
Each grade has 30 minutes for lunch. The times have changed this year and they are as follows:

Lunch Times:

Grade 6- 10:50-11:20
Grade 8- 10:55- 11:25
Grade 5- 11:10-12:05
Grade 7- 11:35-12:05
Grade 1- 11:40-12:10
Grade 4- 11:50-12:20
Grade K- 12:10-12:40
Grade 3- 12:20-15:50
Grade 2-12:30-1:00

Breakfast is served at 7:45 for middle school and 8:50 for elementary. Morning day care students will be served at 8:15. Breakfast will not be served when the weather delays the opening of school.

What Is The Procedure When They Are Finished Eating?
There are 2 staff members on duty in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch. Each child must raise their hand for permission to dispose of their tray and go outside for recess. They will only be allowed to do so when that staff member determines if each child has eaten enough and has cleaned up after themselves. There are always staff members on duty outside for recess as well.

Can My Child Stay In The Cafeteria In The Morning?
Children may not be in the cafeteria in the morning unless they are buying breakfast or juice.

How Do I Know If My Child Is Actually Eating?
Mrs. Belanger and her staff are very knowledgeable. They have a keen sense for which child may need extra attention, those who may be taking advantage of the “charge” account by purchasing extras, and for those who are not eating what they purchased. Of course, parents are encouraged to send in a note or meet with Mrs. Belanger regarding your child’s special nutritional needs. Mrs. Belanger and her staff will take all the steps involved to be sure that the cafeteria is a place where your children can nourish their bodies in a happy, relaxed environment.

USDA Nondiscrimination 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:, 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement – Spanish Translation

Declaración de No Discriminación:
De acuerdo con la ley federal de derechos civiles y las normas y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA), esta entidad está prohibida de discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo (incluyendo identidad de género y orientación sexual), discapacidad, edad, o represalia o retorsión por actividades previas de derechos civiles.

La información sobre el programa puede estar disponible en otros idiomas que no sean el inglés. Las personas con discapacidades que requieren medios alternos de comunicación para obtener la información del programa (por ejemplo, Braille, letra grande, cinta de audio, lenguaje de señas americano (ASL), etc.) deben comunicarse con la agencia local o estatal responsable de administrar el programa o con el Centro TARGET del USDA al (202) 720-2600 (voz y TTY) o comuníquese con el USDA a través del Servicio Federal de Retransmisión al (800) 877-8339.

Para presentar una queja por discriminación en el programa, el reclamante debe llenar un formulario AD-3027, formulario de queja por discriminación en el programa del USDA, el cual puede obtenerse en línea en:, de cualquier oficina de USDA, llamando al (866) 632-9992, o escribiendo una carta dirigida a USDA. La carta debe contener el nombre del demandante, la dirección, el número de teléfono y una descripción escrita de la acción discriminatoria alegada con suficiente detalle para informar al Subsecretario de Derechos Civiles (ASCR) sobre la naturaleza y fecha de una presunta violación de derechos civiles. El formulario AD-3027 completado o la carta debe presentarse a USDA por:

(1) correo:
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 o (202) 690-7442; o
(3) correo electrónico:

Esta institución es un proveedor que brinda igualdad de oportunidades.