Salem Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Welcomes You!

We are so happy that your student will be joining us for breakfast and lunch in our cafeterias and classrooms every day. The Salem Food and Nutrition Service seeks to inspire students to love healthy foods and learn to recognize and choose well-balanced meals so they will develop healthy habits for life. When students start the day with a healthy meal, they are more likely to retain what they learn in class, behave better, and experience better health outcomes. We care deeply about the well-being of every student. We put our hearts into everything we do, from cooking all our meals from scratch to educating kids about healthy eating. We source as much of our food as possible from local farms, and we process all the raw ingredients ourselves.

We are proud that Salem provides free breakfast and lunch to all students as one simple way to ensure that all students can concentrate and stay focused in and out of the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Salem is a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) school district. What is CEP?

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas.  CEP allows the Salem School district to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications.

CEP is a meal service authorized under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA). Our meals are at no charge for all students because we know that good nutrition helps students’ attendance, behavior, and academic achievement.

Salem FNS participates in the School Breakfast Program (SBP). What is the SBP?

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally-assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. The SBP started in 1966 as a pilot project, and was made a permanent entitlement program by Congress in 1975. School districts and independent schools that choose to participate in the Program must serve breakfast meals meeting Federal nutrition requirements. School breakfast must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and are designed to ensure that students enter the classroom well-nourished and ready to learn.

Salem FNS participates in The National School Lunch Program (NSLP). What is the NSLP? 

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. 

What are the basic meal requirements?

The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program requirements are designed to provide age-appropriate meals to specific age/grade groups. For grades K-12, school breakfast and lunch  are also limited in sodium, calories, saturated fats, and trans fats to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

The School Breakfast Program requires three food components, each with daily and weekly minimums including:

  • Fruits (vegetables may be offered in place of fruit)
  • Grains (meats/meat Alternates may be offered in place of grains)
  • Milk

The NSLP requires five food components, each with daily and weekly minimum (below), including:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables (including a grades K-12 weekly requirement for vegetable variety with minimum requirements for each of the 5 vegetable subgroups, including dark green, red/orange, beans/peas (legumes), starchy, and “other” vegetables)
  • Grains
  • Meats/meat alternates
  • Milk

What if my child has a disability? Are schools required to make menu substitutions for children who cannot eat the regular lunch or breakfast?

Federal law and the regulations for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program require schools to make accommodations for children who are unable to eat the school meal as prepared because of a disability. Meal modifications may include offering an alternative to a food that a child is allergic to, altering the consistency of a food component to facilitate feeding, or supporting the child during the meal service so they may participate in the meal.

In order to make substitutions, the school must have a written statement signed by a licensed physician indicating what the child’s disability is, what foods must be omitted from the child’s diet, and what foods must be substituted.

What if my child has a food allergy?

Health and safety are our top priorities. Our kitchen managers and staff are trained in preventing food allergies and cross-contact contamination. Our kitchens and meals are peanut- and tree nut-free. Access to our kitchens and food storage is highly secured to ensure food safety and allergen control.

If your child has a food allergy, please work with your school’s nurse to document the allergy.


For more information, contact:
Point of Contact:  Irvelt Perrin, Director of Food and Nutrition Services
Located at: Salem High School — 77 Willson Street, Salem, MA, 01970 
Telephone Number: (978)-740-1230
Email Address: iperrin@salemk12.org