Food Services

Welcome to the Wolcott School Food Services Program. For over 60 years we have served the needs of Wolcott’s youths by providing nutritious meals for them during school hours.

In 2010 the federal government issued new nutrition standards for meals served to America’s school children, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Our school lunches have a new look with many more healthy choices for your child every day!

The new requirements include limits on calories, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium in school meals. All lunches include five meal components:

  • Meat or meat alternate such as yogurt, lean beef, chicken or low-fat cheese
  • Grain such as whole-wheat bread or brown rice
  • Fruit selection; a variety of fresh and canned served daily
  • Vegetable; a variety of raw and cooked daily
  • Milk selections; low-fat or fat-free

Each child must select at least three of these five components on their tray to make a meal, including a fruit or vegetable. Menus are posted at the individual school web pages.

Summer Meals
Prices

Dear Wolcott Families: Wolcott Public Schools is committed to serving high-quality meals and ensuring that our students have access to good nutrition. We know that a number of Wolcott families depend on the school system for meals for children due to income uncertainty. As such, Wolcott Public Schools will implement an emergency meal plan beginning on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

During this emergency closure of schools, free-of-charge meals will be provided for Wolcott residents age 18 years and younger. A parent or family member may pick up a lunch and a breakfast for each Wolcott child. These age and residency restrictions are in alignment with the federal program supporting this work. Children and parents/guardians can visit Frisbie Elementary School, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 11:30am and 1:00pm to pick up grab-and-go meals. The site will be set up as a “drive thru” location. Please enter Frisbie from the Woodtick Road entrance, drive past the front of the school, and exit on the Todd Road side. During the school closure, both breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up.

During the times of distribution families will receive both meals at the same time; lunch for today and breakfast for tomorrow. Again, meals are available to all students who are 18 and younger. If you have any questions regarding the emergency meal plan please contact the Director of Food Services, Nicole Maxellon, at 203-879-8145 or at Nicole.maxellon@wolcottps.org.

Did you know that eating breakfast can improve school performance?

Research studies show that increased participation in the School Breakfast Program is associated with better academic test scores and class participation. It also has been linked to reductions in student absences and tardiness.  Wolcott Public Schools participate in the National School Breakfast Program. Nutritionally balanced breakfasts are available at all schools every day for students.

My child has allergies. Can he/she still purchase school lunch?

Yes, the cafeteria staff and school nurse work hand-in-hand. When you fill out your child’s health record, the school nurse will look to see if your child is allergic to any food. This information, is given first to the teacher and then to the manager of the school lunch program. All precautions are noted in our POS System and watched. It is your responsibility as the child’s parent to inform and update all allergy information in a timely manner.  Each kitchen manager has an ingredient listing for each item on the menu. It is the parent’s responsibility to come in and review approved menu item ingredients with the kitchen managers.

How to pay for school meals?

Instructions on how to pay for your school meals can be found HERE.  Each child in the school will have a meal account that is accessed with a personal identification number (PIN). Each student will enter their PIN onto a PIN Pad. The student can pay cash daily; however, we encourage parents to prepay money into their student’s account.  You can prepay with cash or check at the school or by credit card or e-check at My Payments Plus or by calling (877) 237-0946.

What is the difference between the meal and the general account?

Money placed in the meal account can only be used for one lunch meal and one breakfast meal a day. Money placed in the general account can be used for meals and/or snack and breakfast items.

Does my child qualify for free or reduced lunch?

Click Here to learn more about if your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch.  On the first day of school the Free or Reduced Family application is sent home with every child in the Wolcott school system. It is due back to the school office within the first few days of school. You will receive a letter indicating whether you qualify or not. Reduced lunch cost is $.40 per meal reduced breakfast cost $ .30. Because family circumstances change you may reapply anytime during the school year. Family applications are available online, at the school offices or by calling the food service office 203 879-8145.

What if my child receives free or reduced price meals?

The computer system is confidentially coded indicating whether they receive free or reduced priced meals. If your child receives free meals, there is no charge to his/her account. Students who receive reduced price meals must have money in their account or pay cash. The cost of reduced lunch is $.40 and reduced breakfast is $.30 per day. When your child comes through the lunch line, he/she simply enters his/her pin number. Your child’s account appears on the computer screen located at the end of the serving line. The cashier rings up your child’s meal purchases. The cost, if any, is deducted from his/her account.

Does my child have the same PIN Number as last year?

Yes, PIN numbers stay with the student throughout their Wolcott Public Schools career.  To request a refund of a School Lunch Balance, please complete the Refund Form and return it to Food Services, 1488 Woodtick Road, Wolcott, CT 06716.

Can my children charge their lunch?

Wolcott Public School has an emergency charge policy. Your child will be reminded daily to bring in money starting when their account has three days left. When the first meal is charged the cashier will remind them again to bring in money and daily after that. Letters will be sent home at least once a week with the children for all negative balance accounts. If the parent fails to provide the child with lunch money school administrators will be notified. Students with negative balances will not be able to buy ala carte items until the balance is paid.

Food Service Contact Information

Nicole Maxellon, SNS Director 203 879-8145 nicole.maxellon@wolcottps.org

Mary Pursel High School Manager 203 879-8164 mpursel@wolcottps.org

Christine Seroczynski Tyrrell Manager 203 879-8151 ext. 3 cseroczynski1@wolcottps.org

Pat Padaigas Wakelee Manager 203 879-8154 ext. 20 ppadaigas1@wolcottps.org

Kelly Gigliotti Alcott Manager 203 879-8160 ext.17 kgigliotti1@wolcottps.org

Kim Magaldi Frisbie Manager 203 879-8146 ext. kmagaldi1@wolcottps.org 

Summer Meals

Childhood food insecurity remains at unacceptable levels across the country and children are most acutely at risk in the summer when they do not have access to school meals.  Children ages 18 and younger may visit Open Summer Meals sites anywhere in the state to receive a meal.  The following link will help you locate the nearest participating free meal http://www.ctsummermeals.org

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement for Child Nutrition Programs

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, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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 Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may 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 complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint

Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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 yourcompleted 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: program.intake@usda.gov.  

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement for Child Nutrition Programs: Spanish Version

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:

http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html 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 ocarta 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: program.intake@usda.gov. 

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Wolcott Public School – School Wellness

The Wellness Committee is a group of representatives from across multiple departments as well as members of the community and student body to ensure Wolcott Public Schools is doing all it can to encourage healthy choices for students and staff. Wolcott Public Schools is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Wolcott Public Schools engaged students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals and other interested community members during the Policy’s development and review, and we continue to seek input from these stakeholders. The policy can be found on the district website @ www.wolcottps.org under Board of Education policy; the policy number is 6142.101. For information on our wellness policy, to send comments or ask questions contact: egirgenti@wolcottps.org or tbendsten@wolcottps.org

Wellness Goals:

  • Support all schools in providing opportunities for and encouraging all students to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that food and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Ensure that school meals provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet their health and nutritional needs.
  • Ensure that students are provided with clean, sanitary settings and adequate time to eat.
  • Participate in available federal school meal programs, including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program 
  • Provide nutrition education and physical education to foster life-long habits of healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Create a culture of health and wellness in every aspect of the Wolcott Public School community, including policies, facilities, scheduling, expectations, and goals
  • Believes that staff wellness is a priority. Employees will have the opportunity to participate in training and in-service programs that address wellness topics.

Forms and Information

Below you will find helpful information regarding Free and Reduced Price Lunch.  All students should return a filled out form, even if you do not believe you qualify. If you do qualify, be sure to investigate the Husky Health Insurance and SNAP benefits.