Food at Long Trail

Food at Long Trail

Hot Lunch Program

Students may purchase food with cash or through their prepaid account in Educate by Tads. Kitchen Manager Deb Sheldon offers a regular and vegetarian lunch option daily along with some a la carte items.

School Store

The student-run School Store beside the Whalen Common Room and is stocked with quick lunch options, drinks and snacks.  The School Store is open at first break, lunch and for 15 minutes after school.

Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Long Trail strives to ensure that every student has access to a healthy lunch during the school day. Although we are not able to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), we follow their guidelines and seek donors to help us provide lunch for those in need.

How Does it Work?

Long Trail School collects your household information confidentially through our Financial Aid application administered through TADS. This helps us determine eligibility for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program and ensures that as many students as possible are able to access the necessary funding. The NSLP calculates eligibility based on your family’s income level. If it is below 130 percent of federal poverty guidelines, your child is eligible for free lunch. Likewise, children are entitled to a reduced lunch price if their household income is above 130 percent but at or below 185 percent of these guidelines. NSLP defines “income” to mean any income before any deductions such as income taxes, Social Security taxes, or insurance premiums. The current income and eligibility levels are outlined below:

2018-2019 NSLP Income Requirements

Household Size Free Lunch Annual Income Eligibility (130%) Reduced Annual Lunch Income Eligibility (185%)
1 15,687 22,459
2 21,112 30,451
3 26,564 38,443
4 31,980 46,435
5 37,414 54,427
6 42,848 62,419
7 48,282 70,411
8 53716 78,403
Further details on the NSLP income guidelines can be found at:

What does free or reduced lunch include?

Monday lunch is either a salad or two slices of pizza. Tuesday through Friday, lunch includes a choice of a regular or vegetarian main dish that comes with a side salad or a yogurt. The LTS Free and Reduced lunch program does not include milk, dessert or purchases made through the school store or afterschool snack. Students in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program must have cash if they wish to purchase items from the School Store.

Reduced Lunch is 50% of the normal lunch cost.

How do I apply?

If your family has already applied for tuition assistance through TADS, you only need to request lunch assistance via email or in writing to Dean of Students Beth Bove (, who will evaluate your information based on the national guidelines.

If you have not applied for financial aid through TADS, then you must fill out the application from the VT Agency of Education to prove eligibility. This form should be returned to the Dean of Students.


Long Trail School respects the sensitive nature of this issue and remains committed to your family’s confidentiality. Your child will be able to access the lunch program without being singled out by their peers.

For further questions on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, please contact Dean of Students Beth Bove at 802-867-5717 x 107 or


Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont

Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont