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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.

AVS 2022-2023 Free-reduced Guidelines

AVS 2022-2023 Free-reduced application

AVS 2022-2023 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 1-8 is $1.50

Lunch: Grades 1-5 is $2.75 and Grades 6-8 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 25 minutes for lunch. The times have changed this year and they are as follows:

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

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

Last Published: 11/19/2015

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015 – Spanish Translation
For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación: De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al 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;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3) correo electrónico:
Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.