About HSD Food Services

    Our Food Services Department provides nutritious meals and snacks to students and staff through participation in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and After School Snack Program. Regulations regarding meal patterns and program procedures are established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

    Due to community eligible provision (CEP) – a federal program that allows schools to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost without collecting household applications to students in buildings with a high percentage of directly certified and categorically eligible students – students at all buildings will receive free lunch for the 2023-24 school year (as of December 1, 2023). This is in addition to the free breakfast that is already offered for the 2023-24 school year.
    Funds must be used to purchase snacks, drinks, ice cream, extra entrees, and other items not on the menu. For more information, visit the Meal Prices and Payment Options page.
    If you would like to request a refund for funds in your child's account, please visit the Account Balances Procedures page for more information.

    Food Safety

    Not only is our department concerned with serving nutritious meals, we are also very diligent in maintaining food safety and sanitation standards. Every school has a minimum of two staff members who are trained and ServSafe certified.

    Breakfast in the Classroom

    We want all of our students to eat a nutritious morning meal each day! This is why we adopted a Breakfast in the Classroom model, to help reduce barriers for our students to access breakfast. Breakfast is served from 8:40 a.m.-9:00 a.m. in our elementary schools and beginning at 7:10 a.m. in our middle & high schools. Under Breakfast in the Classroom, our district served 264,811 meals in the 2022-2023 school year! More importantly, by providing a good start to the school day, Hempfield is helping to assure that our students can be focused for a day of learning!

    Breakfast will be free for all students during the 2023-24 school year.

    Summer Food Service Program

    Our Food Services Department does not provide a Summer Food Service Program; however, families may use the following resources:

    USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 

    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:
    • 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
    • email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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

Contact Us

  •  Alaina Melendez

    Alaina Melendez
    Director of Food Services
    (717) 898-5566

    For balance transfers and refunds, please contact the Food Service Office at (717) 898-5566.