Child Nutrition Services

  • EMS lunch EWSD believes that, in order to achieve their full academic potential, students’ healthy eating patterns are essential.

    A well-planned and implemented school nutrition program positively influences students’ eating habits. Consuming a variety of nutritious foods promotes healthy growth and development, and provides the necessary energy for learning.  

    Food and Beverages

    Food and beverages are allowed at school during specified times and/or in designated areas. Unless approved by the principal, and at the discretion of the classroom teacher, consumption of snacks, candy, gum, and/or beverages isn’t permitted during instructional time.

    Free Lunch and Breakfast Program

    Free meals are available for students if the family qualifies under federal guidelines. For families that qualify for reduced meals, they are now offered at no cost, with the State contributing to the “reduced” amount.

    Information regarding these programs will be sent home with students the first day of school and is also available at Child Nutrition on  All information provided on these forms is kept strictly confidential - you can find a Free and Reduced Price Lunch Application here. 

    Please call the Child Nutrition Services Director at (802) 857-7333 for more information. Applications can be filed at any time during the school year.


    Menus will be posted throughout the school, will be on the EWSD and school websites, and may be included in periodic newsletters and/or information sent home. For menus visit EWSD's School Lunch Menus page.

    Overdue Accounts

    Parents/guardians are encouraged to monitor their student’s accounts closely. Parents/guardians/students can view account balances, items purchased, and register for email “low account” notifications at

    If a student’s account is negative, or a purchase creates a negative account balance, the student and parent/guardian will be notified.

    The school principal or the EWSD Child Nutrition Services will follow-up with the parent/guardian to arrange for payment, or to assist with the application process for the Free Lunch and Breakfast Program.

    The EWSD Child Nutrition Services operates on a debit system - meaning all accounts must be prepaid and have a positive balance.

    If accounts become delinquent, the EWSD Child Nutrition Services may close a debit account and require cash purchases  (link goes to a page with information on student delinquency.)

    *If, during the year, family financial conditions change, please notify the EWSD Child Nutrition Services or the school principal for Free Lunch and Breakfast Program information and an application, which can be filed at any time during the school year.*

    For more information on using My School Account, visit EWSD's Lunch Payment FAQs page.

    Lunch Payments

    Meals must be prepaid - weekly or monthly prepayment is encouraged. Balances may be monitored by the parent/guardian/student at (the food service number is the same as the Student ID Number). Or learn more at EWSD's Lunch Payments page.

    • ACH: For all schools, electronic transfers from savings/checking accounts will be accepted into child nutrition accounts using There will be a service provider fee of $2.00 per transaction and a debit/credit card processing service fee of four percent. Transactions before 11:00 p.m. will be posted at 5:00 a.m. the next morning.
    • Cash: Cash is always accepted for deposit into individual accounts or for payment of purchases on a daily basis
    • Check: For all schools, checks may be payable to the EWSD Child Nutrition Service. Payments are deposited in an account for the student and a debit system is used to purchase meals and adjust the account. Please write the student’s name or Student ID Number on the check to ensure proper posting.


    Meal prices are posted at Breakfast and Lunch Payments - Pricing. 

    Our lunch and breakfast programs are federally subsidized. Because the federal government does not subsidize adult meals, adult meal prices are higher than student prices.