Food Services

students in cafeteria

The schools provide the opportunity for a nutritious breakfast and lunch for each child every school day. On a typical school day, breakfast and lunch are served to over 2000 students, faculty and staff. Monthly menus are also published in building newsletters.

For the 2017-2018 school year, the price of lunch for K-5 students is $2.50; 6-12 students pay $2.55. District-wide, milk is fifty cents, and breakfast for all grades is $1.75.

Adult meals for visitors and staff are $4.00.

  • Prepayments: allows prepayments for your child's meals efficient and convenient. Click the red button at the top right of this page to sign up or replenish your account.
  • Specialty salads in both the Middle School and Canandaigua Academy that have promoted the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Catering for in-school classroom events. Call for information on classroom pizza parties.
Food Allergies:

A food allergy is an increased sensitivity to certain substances. If your child has a food allergy, please be advised that some food products may contain milk derivatives, soy, nuts & peanut products, egg products, wheat products and other known allergens. Please call the following number for information on the food products used by the District in the National School Breakfast & Lunch program,


Free and Reduced Price Meals

Free and reduced prices for both breakfast and lunch are available to eligible students. 2017-18 Free/Reduced Meals Application
Parents should read the information and guidelines carefully to determine if they are eligible for this program. Questions concerning the application may be addressed to Rebecca Donovan at 585-396-3742.


Households with incomes the same or below the amount of money listed in federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for their family size may be eligible for and are urged to apply for free and/or reduced price meals. Income Guidelines for Reduced Price Meals are listed below. Call for Free Meals Income Guidelines at 585-396-3742.

Applications are available at each school building, at the District office (143 North Pearl Street) and will be in the District print calendar which is mailed to every resident in mid-August.

Applications may be submitted any time during the school year to the district’s Food Service Department, 143 North Pearl St., Canandaigua, NY 14424. If you have questions, please call 585-396-3742 to speak with the Coordinator of Food Services. The Canandaigua City School District will inform you when your application is approved or denied.

Only complete applications can be approved. This includes complete and accurate information regarding: the Food Stamp, TANF, or FDPIR case number; the names of all household members; the social security number of the person who signs the form or an indication that the adult does not have one; and the amount and source of income received by each household member. In addition, the parent or guardian must sign the application form, certifying the information is true and correct.

You may also submit a Direct Certification letter received from the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Food Stamp/TANF/FDPIR Households: If you now receive food stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) for any children, or participate in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), the application must include the children’s names, the household food stamp, TANF or FDPIR case number and the signature of an adult household member. All children should be listed on the same application. If you do not list a food stamp, TANF or FDPIR case number for all the children for whom you are applying, the application must include the names of everyone in the household, the amount of income each household member, and how often it is received and where it comes from. It must include the signature of an adult household member and the last four digits of that adult’s social security number, or check the box if the adult does not have a social security number. An application that is not complete cannot be approved. Contact your local Department of Social Services for your food stamp or TANF case number or complete the income portion of the application.

Reporting Changes: The benefits that you are approved for at the time of application are effective for the entire school year. You no longer need to report changes for an increase in income or decrease in household size, or if you no longer receive food stamps.

Income Exclusions: The value of any child care provided or arranged, or any amount received as payment for such child care or reimbursement for costs incurred for such care under the Child Care Development (Block Grant) Fund should not be considered as income for this program.

Non-Discrimination Statement: This item explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. In accordance with Federal civil rights regulations and policies, the Canandaigua City School District is 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 1-800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be 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:, at any USDA office, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA with all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call toll-free 1-866-632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: 202-690-7442


The Canandaigua City School District is an equal opportunity provider.

Meal Service to Children with Disabilities: Federal regulations require schools and institutions to serve meals at no extra charge to children with a disability which may restrict their diet. A student with a disability is defined in 7CFR Part 15b.3 of Federal regulations, as one who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities are defined to include functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. You must request the special meals from the school and provide the school with medical certification from a medical doctor. If you believe your child needs substitutions because of a disability, please get in touch with us for further information, as there is specific information that the medical certification must contain.

Confidentiality: The United States Department of Agriculture has approved the release of students names and eligibility status, without parent/guardian consent, to persons directly connected with the administration or enforcement of federal education programs such as Title I and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which are United States Department of Education programs used to determine areas such as the allocation of funds to schools, to evaluate socioeconomic status of the school’s attendance area, and to assess educational progress. Information may also be released to State health or State education programs administered by the State agency or local education agency, provided the State or local education agency administers the program, and federal State or local nutrition programs similar to the National School Lunch Program. Additionally, all information contained in the free and reduced price application may be released to persons directly connected with the administration or enforcement of programs authorized under the National School Lunch Act (NSLA) or Child Nutrition Act (CNA); including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the Special Milk Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC); the Comptroller General of the United States for audit purposes, and federal, State or local law enforcement officials investigating alleged violation of the programs under the NSLA or CNA.

The disclosure of eligibility information not specifically authorized by the NSLA requires a written consent statement from the parent/guardian. Consent Release Form

Foster Children: Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits. An application for a foster child must contain the child’s name, the child’s personal use income, and an adult signature.

Reapplication: You may apply for benefits any time during the school year. Also, if you are not eligible now, but during the school year become unemployed, have a decrease in household income, or an increase in family size, you may request and complete an application at that time.

Appeals Process: Under the provisions of the policy, the designated school official will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the designated official, he/she may make a request either orally or in writing for a hearing to appeal the decision. Mrs. Lynne Erdle (Superintendent of Schools), whose address is 143 North PearlStreet, Canandaigua, NY, 14424, has been designated as the Hearing Official. Hearing procedures are outlined in the policy. However, prior to initiating the hearing procedure, the parent or School Food Authority may request a conference to provide an opportunity for the parent and official to discuss the situation, present information, and obtain an explanation of the data submitted in the application or the decisions rendered. The request for a conference shall not in any way prejudice or diminish the right to a fair hearing.

Only complete applications can be approved. This includes complete and accurate information regarding: the Food Stamp, TANF, or FDPIR case number; the names of all household members; the social security number of the person who signs the form or an indication that the adult does not have one; and the amount and source of income received by each household member. In addition, the parent or guardian must sign the application form, certifying the information is true and correct.

2017-2018 Income Eligibility Guidelines for Reduced Price Meals

Household SizeAnnual IncomeMonthlyTwice per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeekly
For each additional family member, add:$7,733$645$323$298$149

Children from households that meet the federal income guidelines above are eligible for free meals or reduced price meals. Reduced price meals cost each eligible student:

  • Lunch - 25 cents
  • Breakfast - 25 cents