Melrose provides a school lunch program using a Foodservice Point of Sale System.  This is a debit system where money must be prepaid (or deposited into individual student accounts).  Each student is issued an ID card, which is necessary to purchase meals, milk, or ala-carte items. Money is collected weekly in the classroom and sent to the Foodservice Department for posting to the student’s account.  Cash and checks are the acceptable methods of payment.  Checks should be made payable to Melrose Public Schools.

Students who have a positive account balance can purchase any item(s).

Students with a negative account balance will be allowed to purchase a meal for two (2) days.  After two (2) days, if money is not deposited into the account, the student will be allowed to receive a lunch of a cheese, peanut butter, or other sandwich, which will be charged to their account. In an effort to prevent negative account balances, the Foodservice Department will periodically send notices home to parents indicating low account balances.

Information regarding the cost of lunch, milk, or ala-carte items, and applications for free or reduced cost lunches, are available from the building principal.  Weekly lunch menus are posted in advance in the local paper.  Monthly menus are sent home with all students and available through the district website.

All lunchrooms have designated peanut-free spaces/tables. For additional peanut allergy information, see below.


Over the past several years, the Melrose Public School system has worked hard to create a safer and healthier environment for our students.  The city’s Health and Wellness Policy states that we will take measures to address healthy eating habits, as well as food allergies.  As you may know, there has been an increase in students with life-threatening food allergies.  Many students experience their first allergic reaction at school, with no prior warning of an allergy.  Due to students traveling amongst classrooms, we believe it is in the best interest of the students to make all classrooms  nut-free.  All food coming in for classroom snack must be nut-free.  There will be no added restrictions to the lunchroom, as we will continue to have a designated nut-free area.

The Health and Wellness Policy states that the schools must, “Uniformly minimize the amount of cake, cupcakes, etc. being brought into school by encouraging families to bring in nonfood treats while also addressing life-threatening food-allergy concerns.”  Therefore, we are eliminating the distribution of food being brought in for birthdays.  We understand that birthdays are special days for children, so here is a list of non-food items that you may want to consider:

  • Pencils Erasers
  • Bookmarks
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Donate a Book
  • Stickers
  • Stamps
  • Game to Play at Recess
  • Post-it Notes
  • Magnets
  • Chalk
  • Small Trinkets/Toys

Classroom celebrations may continue, however, we ask that you be mindful of the nut-free procedures that the elementary schools are instituting.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Lunch Application