Food Services

Our Mission

The Ware Public Schools Food Service Department provides a comfortable and encouraging environment in which nutritious and wholesome meals are offered. A well-balanced diet is essential for growing children and teenagers, so we design each meal to include all major food groups. Our meals provide the nutrients students need to focus on academics and to perform their best.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or 2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 3. email: [email protected] This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Parents/guardians may contact the Special Education Department @ 413-967-4271 to request information regarding meal modifications for their student.


We are looking for members of the community to join our Wellness Committee.  If you are interested please contact Jeff Nicholas at 413-967-5248 or email  [email protected]



Dear Families,
The Ware Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and department labor shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items we’ve been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems, due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow.

All of this means that we may need to make quick substitutions to our menus based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students, and we are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes when possible as soon as we identify an issue.

 Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for your children. We love seeing them every day and appreciate your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year, so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you! 

Jeff Nicholas
Director of Food and Nutrition Services


In School Year 2022-2023 all students will receive free breakfast and lunch at school.    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has provided money to do this for one year through the State budget.                                                         
Even though meals are free, it is recommended that households complete lunch applications and return them to your child's school.  Households will be notified of the results.
Breakfast after the bell is available at all schools.  Contact the Food Service Director @ (413)967-5248 with any questions.


Monthly Menus

Menus are designed in accordance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Monthly menus may be downloaded from each individual school's calendar page. Click the links below to find this month's menu.

We make menu substitutions to the best of our ability for any student with a medically documented food allergy.  Please call 967-5977 if you have dietary restrictions.

Stanley M. Koziol Elementary School Menus
Ware Middle School Menus
Ware Junior Senior High School Menus 

Breakfast and Lunch Prices for School Year

  Breakfast and lunch are free for the 2022 - 2023 school year.

Milk - $0.75

Free and Reduced meals

Click on the links below to download each document. All submitted applications are confidential.


During the summer months kids and teens ages 18 and under can enjoy free breakfast and lunch at Stanley M. Koziol Elementary School.  Meals are served Monday-Friday. No meals are served on July 4th. Breakfast is served from 8:00-9:00 and lunch is served from 11:30-12:30.  No registration or identification is required, simply show up and enjoy your meal!  
Congressman Jim McGovern visits Summer Food Service Program Summer 2015


Mindy O'Keefe, SMK Manager
Jennifer Mendoza, WMS Manager
Kristen Murphy, WJSHS Manager 


Food Service Director

Jeff Nicholas, Food Service Director

Jeff Nicholas, Director 
Contact Jeff at (413) 967-5977 or click to send an email.


Click here to download Cafeteria Polices and Procedures 

 Logo designed by WHS Junior, Lauren Shaw