We Make k12 Food Service Fresh, Nutritious, & Innovative. Now at Wallingford - Swarthmore
    Wallingford-Swarthmore School District
    Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Food Services, in partnership with The Nutrition Group, strives to create an enjoyable, customer service-oriented dining experience for students, faculty, staff, and administration.
    The Food Services Department is dedicated to promoting fresh, nutritious, and innovative foods and programs to include student wellness and proper nutrition.
     2022-2023 School Year Updates

    The federal waivers for providing free meals through the Covid-19 pandemic have expired as of 6/30/22. As a result, breakfasts and lunches will be priced as the following:

      Elementary Middle High
    Breakfast $1.75 $1.75 $1.75
    Lunch $2.75 $2.85 - $3.35 $3.05 - $3.55
    Please note, students may still be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Please apply here!
    If you would like a paper copy of the application, or if you have questions about eligibility, please contact Barbara Downs at bdowns@wssd.org or by phone at 610-892-3470 ext. 1305.


    What is included in a meal?

    WSSD/The Nutrition Group operates according to the USDA School Breakfast Program. With this, a breakfast meal still includes an entrée with a side of fruit, fruit juice, or milk. To purchase a breakfast at the meal price, students must choose at least a fruit or a juice plus two other items. Otherwise, students will be charged for their items at the a la carte price.

    WSSD/The Nutrition Group operates according to the USDA National School Lunch Program. With this, a lunch meal still includes an entrée (grain and protein), fruits, vegetables, and milk. To purchase a lunch at the meal price, students must choose at least a fruit or a vegetable plus two other food groups. Otherwise, students will be charged for their items at the a la carte price.

    How do students pay for meals?

    At the cafeteria register, students will enter their PIN to populate their account. If they have funds already in their account, the price for their meal will be withdrawn. If they do not have funds, they can pay for their meal with cash or a check.

    Funds can either be deposited onto students' accounts through My School Bucks (https://www.myschoolbucks.com/) or in-person via cash or check. 

    Menus can be accessed through the District website under the Food Services Department, or by visiting Nutrislice directly through the app or at https://wssd.nutrislice.com/.  


    Food Supply Chain Issues

    We wish to inform you of food supply chain issues that are occurring nationally and may impact your child’s school meal. Throughout the pandemic, food manufacturers and distributors have had to continually shift their product development, packaging, and distribution to adjust to supply shortages and the continually changing needs of individuals and industry. In addition, the food manufacturing and distributing industry is facing many of the same challenges other industries are facing, including staffing and labor shortages, and rising costs of materials and transportation.   

    As a result, some menu options may change on short notice, but please rest assured that we are continually doing everything we can to alleviate any of these issues.

    As always, our goal is to provide high-quality, nutritious, healthy, and well-balanced meals to all students. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or feedback.

    Kristen Mathieson 

    Director of Food and Nutrition

    610-892-3470 ext 2151


    Your cafeteria is now hiring! No nights or weekends

    The Nutrition Group at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District offers competitive wages and benefits, as well as an exciting and desirable working environment for employees interested in helping to feed our students. Click HERE to apply online today!
    Foodfinder.us is a nonprofit website and app (for iOS or Android) that offers the location and contact information of more than 40,000 food pantries and similar food programs across the country.  The FoodFinder website and app can be utilized to pinpoint local free food providers within the community. Check it out over the extended holiday break. 
    Summer Feeding:  Children age 18 and under may receive a free lunch over the summer.  To find the location nearest you, use one of the following methods:
    • Call 211
    • Call 1-866-3Hungry or 1-877-8Hambre
    • Text “MEALPA” to 877877 during the summer months
    • Visit the website: www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids
    • Use the site locator for smartphones - Rangeapp.org


    Non-Discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.
    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, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 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 Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may 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 complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at, http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html 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:
    (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3) E-mail: program.intake@usda.gov <mailto:program.intake@usda.gov>.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

    Kristen Mathieson
    Director of Food and Nutrition
    Wallingford-Swarthmore School District
    Office: 610-892-3470 ext. 2151    
    email: kmathieson@wssd.org