Food Services

Last Updated: 2/28/2023 5:10 PM

Welcome to the New Bedford Academy Food Services page.



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Meals Program News


This year we are working on becoming a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) School. If we are successful, it will mean ALL STUDENTS will eat for free. This would be a fantastic service for all our parents and students. This initiative is very important to us and we will keep you updated as we work through the process.


New Bedford Academy Wellness Policy (Currently under review)


USDA- Healthier, Hunger-Free Act 2010 Updates

New Bedford Academy is providing healthy meals and offerings that meet the USDA Healthier, Hunger-Free Act 2010.  These offerings will enhance a child's academic and physical performance and address childhood obesity issues.

This school year brings more USDA guidelines for even healthier meals and offerings for your children.  The Smart Snacks in School, USDA's "All Foods Sold in Schools" Standards was effective July 1, 2014. This new guideline impacts all food sold on school property from midnight until 30 minutes after the school day has ended.

The USDA School Meals Nutrition Standards require that a variety of low fat unflavored milk or fat free flavored milk be offered, all grains must be at least 51% whole grain-rich, and students must take at least 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable with breakfast and lunch.  Meals also must meet calorie, fat, sodium and sugar guidelines.

Below are links to the School Meal Nutrition Standards, Smart Snacks in Schools and regulations ad the food calculator we use to make sure food and beverage items meet the Nutrition Guidelines.



Civil Rights Non-Discrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental 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 online 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 your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at


Special Dietary Needs

If your student has Special Dietary Needs, you must have a form filled out by a Physician.

This form will have to be filled out for each school year or if there are any changes. 


Fun Facts

"Bento (弁当 bentō) is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box. Containers range from mass-produced disposables to hand-crafted lacquerware." They also reduce waste, which, over time, can have a huge impact to the environment.

Click here to find out some fun ways you can promote healthy food choices for your child, both in and out of school using affordable Bento boxes and help the environment at the same time.