Carryover of Previous Year’s Eligibility

The DOE Food Services Division must carry over the eligibility status from the previous year for:

  1. Children from households with approved applications on file from the previous year;

  2. New children in the NYCDOE from households with children who were approved for benefits the previous year; and

  3. Previously approved children who transfer from one school to another under the jurisdiction of the NYCDOE.

The eligibility carryover period is for up to 30 operating days of the school year which begins on the first day of the current school year. However, once determined, the new eligibility determination supersedes the carryover eligibility.

All applications should be submitted by September 28, 2018.

If you have questions regarding the 2018-2019 Application for Free Meals contact School Food’s Help Desk at (877) 363-6325 or send an email to

Meal Accountability

Meal accountability status is used to determine our Title I status. If 60% of our student population is designated free or reduced lunch, we receive additional funding from the state and/or federal government. That is why it is extremely important that all families complete the meal application form.

If parents fail to pay for their child(ren)’s meals during the school year, the DOE will penalize TCCS by deducting the funds from our school budget the following school year. This reduces the amount available for instructional supplies and other educational expenses.

Lunch fees are $1.75 per day. That's $35 per month or $175 per semester or $350 for the year. Parents are encouraged to pay in advance.

Students are allowed to bring their own lunch regardless of accountability status. However, if a child takes a lunch tray, s/he will be charged. Milk is the only item that can be charged a la carte. The cost is $0.50.

We encourage parents to send healthy choices for lunch and/or snack. Please click here to see the guidelines developed by the TCCS PA Nutrition Committee.

Meal payment includes: breakfast, lunch, after school snack and/or supper.

Lunch & Recess Schedule

Lower School

  • Grades K & 1: 10:35 am – 11:25 am (Period 4)

  • Grade 2: 11:30 am – 12:20 pm (Period 5)

Upper School

  • Pre-K: 11:48 am – 12:33 pm

    • (lunch and nap time occur inside the Pre-K classroom)

  • Grades 3 & 5: 10:55 am – 11:45 am (Period 4)

  • Grades 4, 6, & 7: 11:40 am – 12:30 pm (Period 5)


Recess takes place directly before or after students eat lunch. Depending on weather conditions, recess takes place on the TCCS playground or in the multipurpose room.