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.

    Important Food Service Information for the 2021-22 School Year

    We have some very important information to provide to you regarding our food service program.  Our summer food service program will end on Thursday, September 2, 2021.  For the upcoming 2021-22 school year, the PA Department of Education advised the District that the Summer Seamless Option (SSO) has been extended through June 2022, and we are pleased to share that we will continue our participation in the program!  

    As a result, effective Thursday, September 9th, the District will transition back to a similar style as last year with one free reimbursable breakfast and one free reimbursable lunch meal for each student. A reimbursable breakfast meal includes an entrée with a side of fruit, fruit juice and a milk. A reimbursable lunch meal includes an entrée, fruit, vegetable and milk. All cafeterias will be offering multiple entrée options this year as well as limited ala carte. Students will need money on their accounts in order to purchase ala carte items. You can either put money into the account 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/.  


    National School Lunch Program

    We do encourage you to continue to apply for the National School Lunch Program free and reduced meals if you believe that you are eligible

    Applications for free and reduced breakfast and lunch are available on the school website on the food service department's homepage.   If a paper copy of the application is needed, please contact Barbara Downs at bdowns@wssd.org or by phone at 610-892-3470 ext. 1305.

    Virtual Academy Distribution Schedule

    Under the SSO, the virtual program will transition from seven-days of meals down to five. Breakfast and lunch meals for Monday through Friday will be available at pickup on Monday mornings. Parents of virtual academy students, please look out for a survey coming soon that will further assist the food service department with this program. Student ID numbers will need to be provided during the pick-up process. Please keep in mind that if your student is attending school in-person, they will not be allowed to participate in the virtual pick-up program.  

    Food Supply Chain Issues

    We wish to inform you of food supply chain issues that are accruing 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 

    Food Service Director

    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 Services
    Wallingford-Swarthmore School District
    Office: 610-892-3470 ext. 2151    
    email: kmathieson@wssd.org