Food Services

Jersey City Public Schools Food Service Department 
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Food Service Contacts

Catering Specialist
Office Staff
Help for Lunch Applications
Main Number: 201-413-6921 



School Year Lunch Applications and Parent Information
Online meal applications in English, Spanish and Arabic
For Questions please contact the department through the listed contact information.
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Apply for Free and Reduced Meals Now!   Send your child to schools ready to learn 
Complete your School Lunch Form--Many students in our district are eligible for free lunch, which is determined by responses on the School Lunch Form. Even if you do not think you are eligible, you should complete a form anyway because, in addition to funding for the school lunch program, responses on these forms are also used for other funding programs that help pay for other programs.Our mission is to provide nutritious, student-friendly, economical meals that enhance student ability to learn. We proudly serve breakfast and lunch to students daily, even in the summer, and ensure that students get nutritious meals that meet the standards set by the state of New Jersey and the Federal Government.




The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DHS-DFD) is the State agency authorized to administer economic assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in the State of New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) is the State agency authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to administer and enforce the School Meals Programs in New Jersey. While DHS-DFD is the lead agency for the implementation of the special P-EBT benefit, both departments are working together to disseminate information and address frequently asked questions received from school districts. 


1.) What is P-EBT? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (FFCRA) (P.L. 116-127) included authorization for a program called Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) that seeks to address food insecurity by allowing a State to provide food assistance benefits to help students during extended school closures. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development’s plan to provide households with children eligible for free and reduced priced meals under the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) with P-EBT benefits due to COVID-19 related school closures. The Division of Family Development has been working with individual School Food Authorities (SFAs) to identify eligible children and issue P-EBT benefits. The P-EBT benefit for individuals is the value of school breakfast and lunch, which equates to $5.70 per day for each student for each day that school was closed. The full benefit amount is $416.10, which covers the 73 days that schools were closed due to COVID-19. The P-EBT program creates access to a special benefit provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agency. P-EBT is a one-time benefit for families that have lost access to free or reduced-price meals because of school closures related to COVID-19


 2.) Who is eligible for P-EBT? All children who were approved to receive free or reduced-price meals as of March 18, 2020, if not for their school closure due to COVID-19, are eligible to receive P-EBT. 


 3) Where do I direct families that have questions about P-EBT benefits? If families have questions about New Jersey’s P-EBT program, they should call 1-800-997-3333 or go to NJSNAP-P-EBT.

(USDA) civil rights regulations and policies
Pay For Lunch: Register with My School Bucks to pay for school lunch online!
Note: We are no longer using PayForIt. You must register with My School Bucks to pay for your child's lunch. If you have any balance on PayForIt, it will be credited to your My School Bucks account automatically.
School Breakfast Program--All students are offered breakfast every morning at no cost to families.
After-School Snack Program--Students in our CASPER program and our extended day programs are provided with snacks at no cost to families.
Nutrition Corner.....School Lunch Fact Sheet...Lunch Meal Pattern
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