Food Services

  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the Wilmington School Food Service Program is to serve adequate and nutritious foods that support academic success and encourage lifelong healthy eating patterns.


    The Wilmington School Food Service Program consists of eight on-site kitchens – two kindergartens, four elementary, one middle school and one high school. The Food Service Administrator’s Office is located at Wilmington High School.

    The Food Service Program currently serves lunches at all school and provides before/after school feeding for the CARES program at the two kindergartens and four elementary schools. We strive to meet the needs of all students, both nutritionally and socially, by serving meals in a welcoming, pleasant atmosphere.

    The School Lunch Program

    The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Congress created the NSLP after an investigation into the health of young men rejected in the World War II draft revealed a connection between physical deficiencies and childhood malnutrition. Congress enacted the 1946 National School Lunch Act as a “measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s children.” Our school lunch program complies with the United States Department of Agriculture’s food based menu-planning system and nutrient standards, providing meals that meet 1/3 of the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) for calories, as well as required levels of other key nutrients, including fat, saturated fat, protein, vitamin A & C, iron, and calcium. Hot lunches are served daily in all the schools. Students may choose from a variety of lunch options including alternate meals at all grade levels. The high school has more choices including a salad bar and a pizza line. The middle and the high schools also have a snack bar with a wide variety of approved snack items.

    School Lunch Online Pre-Payment Program

    With current national attention being focused on children’s health and wellness issues, Wilmington School Food Service is excited to provide parents a convenient, easy and secure online pre-payment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time.  This service also provides parents the ability to view their child’s account balance through a web site called

    Also, parents will have the ability to print out a copy of their child’s eating history report.  This history report will show you all dates and purchases he/she has made at lunch within the past thirty days. Please understand, this system will allow you to view it if they purchased lunch, but not specifically what they purchased.

    To access these services:

        1. Simply go to the food services web site at
        1. Click on the link.  From this site you will create your account and add money to your child’s school meal account.  All you need is your child’s name, student ID number, (which is his or her local id number in aspen) and school ZIP code. The instructions listed on the back of this page will guide you through the easy online account set up process.
        1. Alternatively, you may also go to directly to the site which is

    Things to know:

        • If you have more than one child in the District you can handle all online pre-payments from the same online account.
        • Payments may be made through an existing PayPal account or with a major credit or debit card.
        • In order to use the online pre-payment service, a small convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover the bank fees. The convenience fee is $1.95 per deposit transaction (this is subject to change).  Parents placing money into multiple meal accounts will only be assessed the $1.95 fee once per deposit transaction.  Wilmington Public Schools will not profit from the use of this site.
        • You will not be able to view your child’s history at the time of signup. This option will be available after a full day of school from the time you register.

    We are very excited to offer these new services, and are confident this new system will benefit you, your child and our District.  However, if you choose not to take advantage of the online prepayment service you may continue to make advance payments via check, which should be made payable to the Wilmington Food Service.  Please write your child’s full name on the check.

    If you have any questions about these new services, please feel free to contact my office at 978-694-6064.

          • You will first need your child’s student ID number; you may get this number in Aspen by clicking on the Family top tab, then clicking on your child’s name.  Look for the “Local ID” number in the top left section.
          • Click Sign Up and enter the required information.
          • Click Finish to complete the initial registration process.

    Add Students to Your Family Account

          • When you log in you will be taken to the homepage.
          • Click MyKids from the main menu OR from the blue navigation bar above.
          • This is a listing of the students in your account.  It will be empty on your first visit to the site.
          • Click Add Child and enter the required information.

    If you do not know your child’s id number,  you may call the food service office and request this information at 978-694-6064, please do not email. You may also find your child’s id number on an account memo (if you have received one).

          • Click Add (next to your child’s name) to continue.
          • Click Add Child to repeat the process for additional children.
          • NOTE:  Your child’s transaction history report will not display information during the initial account set up process.

    How to Make a Deposit

          • Click Deposit Money located next to Add Student.
          • Enter an amount in the Deposit column next to your child’s name.
          • If you have more than one child, enter the amount you wish to deposit into the column next to each child’s name. DO NOT deposit money for your entire family into ONE child’s account.
          •  Click Calculate.
          • Click Make Deposit.
          • You will be directed to the PayPal web site to enter your payment information.
          • You have the option to use your existing PayPal account or a major credit card to make your payment.
          • If you are using your PayPal account, enter your email address and PayPal password to continue.
          • If you are using a credit card, enter the required information. For your protection, will not store your financial information.
          • Click Pay Now when finished.
          • Click Pay once again to finish the process.

    Senior Citizen Lunch Program

    As a partner in community wellness, the Food Service Department offers the Senior Citizen home-delivered and congregate meals program, currently located at the West Intermediate School. For more details, please contact the Food Service Office at (978) 694-6064 or the Senior Center at (978) 657-7595.


Meal Prices*

  • Kindergarten...$2.40

    Elementary Schools...$2.40

    Middle School...$2.65-2.85

    High School...$2.65-2.85

    Milk/Juice(Kindergartens & Elementary Schools...$.60

    Milk/Juice(High School & Middle School...$0.60

    *Lunch includes: main dish or alternative choice, vegetable, fruit/juice and milk



Free and Reduced Lunch

  • Free and Reduced Lunches

    Free and reduced lunches are available for eligible students; both generally require the household to fill out a school meals application. If you think your household may qualify, please contact the Food Service Office at 978.694.6064 for more information and application forms.

    Food Application 1617

    Food App How To

    Parent Letter

Department Operating Status

  • Wilmington School Food Service Department is a self-supporting department within the School Department. All food and equipment purchases, most maintenance, all salaries including the Director and Secretary are paid from the Foodservice revolving account. Revenues obtained are used solely for the support and improvement of the School Food Service Program.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for the employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination complaint form, found on line at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send you completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjunction, 1400 Independence Ave., S. W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9420, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Contact Us

  • Mary Palen, Director

    Wilmington Public Schools
    159 Church St.
    Wilmngton, MA. 01887
    (978) 694-6064

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    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, 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
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