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Lunch Procedures for COVID Restart

All students will receive free meals, regardless of whether they qualify for the federal program. Please read this letter for details.

New meal pickup schedule starts 9/28

Meal Pickup Monday & Thursday Only Starting Sept. 28

Starting the week of September 28, parent pickup days for meals will be reduced to two days per week.  

Parents may go to the High School or the Middle School to pick up meals regardless of which school their child attends. The new pickup days will be Monday and Thursday. The pickup hours at the High School will be 12:30-2:00pm and pickup hours at the Middle School will be 1:15-2:45pm.

Meal Heating Instructions

In order to adhere to all safe food handling procedures, your meals have been fully cooked and brought back down to proper holding temperatures. Please reheat all hot intended items to 165 degrees. 

Free and reduced lunch applications must be submitted by Oct. 15

Important! Free & Reduced Meal Application Must Still be Submitted by Oct. 15

There is some misinformation being shared that it is not necessary to fill out the free and reduced lunch application now that all meals are being offered for free. This is not true. It is very important that families who currently qualify for free and reduced lunch submit their applications to the district before October 15.  These applications are tied to our school funding.  They are also tied to P-EBT benefits that families can get for being in the program.  Families still need to apply so we have their application on file when the current program ends.


Click on the button above for instructions and application for free and reduced lunch. You must reapply each year even if your child previously qualified. Please be sure to complete both the lunch application and the Sharing Information with Medicaid form. Please mail the completed application to Manchester School District Central Office, P.O. Box 4100, Whiting, NJ 08759.

Please Note: If your financial situation has changed since the beginning of the school year, you may re-apply for free and/or reduced lunch program at any time during the year.


Cafeteria Contact Information

Steve Esposito, Food Service Director


Phone: 732-657-2121 x3532

School meals are free for every student


2020-21 Lunch Prices

High School $3.15/regular  
Middle School $3.15/regular  
Elementary $2.95/regular  

There is no longer a fee for reduced lunch - all students who qualify will receive free meals.

Breakfast Prices

High School $2.00/regular      
Middle School $2.00/regular      
Elementary $1.80/regular      

There is no longer a fee for reduced breakfast - all students who qualify will receive free meals.