Food Services

Gateway Food & Nutrition would like to take this opportunity to share that all of the Gateway Schools are eligible for FREE MEALS for the duration of the 2023-24 school year through the implementation of the Federally-funded Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Program.  This Universal Free Lunch & School Breakfast Program will provide a single complete reimbursable breakfast & lunch each school day to all students at no charge regardless of their respective eligibility status.  In order to qualify as a “free meal,” students must take a “complete reimbursable meal.”


Students should be familiar with the Offer vs. Serve (OVS) “reimbursable meal” basics to ensure that they are getting a “free meal” and not being charged a la carte pricing for each of their selected meal items.  All charges of this sort will be applied to each student’s respective food service account. Please review the image below for more information:

Summer Food Service Program

Please refer to the "Summer Food Service Program" link located in the menu to the left of this message for information pertaining to the District's Meal Offering Plan as outlined within.  Details will include Summer Food Service Program information pertaining to our summer menus, etc. may be found within the same link..

Mission Statement

"Gateway Food and Nutrition Services is committed to providing its’ guests with high-quality and well-balanced nutritious meals in accordance with government regulations through exceptional customer service practices."

Gateway School District participates in both the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. In accordance with the 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA), A  USDA Meal Regulations require all participating districts to serve healthier and more nourishing meals to your children and adhere to the following: .   

  • Must choose at least one fruit or vegetable serving with both breakfast and lunch.
  • Greater selection and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables- 1 cup of each offered for lunch on a daily basis and a minimum of 2 fruit/ veggie offerings for breakfast
  • The average of all grains offered must be whole grain rich meaning that it’s made up at least of 80% whole grains including pizza crusts.
  • Only low fat milk and fat free flavored milk without high fructose corn syrup and added BGH may be offered.
  • Continuing the gradual reduction of the sodium content in the foods being served

Statistics show that well-nourished children do better in school. Research also supports the importance of eating a healthy breakfast at school with regards to a child’s performance in the classroom as follows:

  • Eating breakfast improves test scores
  • Breakfast eaters make fewer mistakes
  • Kids who eat breakfast have improved attention spans and show improved behavior

Breakfast eaters are also less likely to become overweight.


The Gateway Department of Food & Nutrition Services is seeking both permanent part-time and substitute employees throughout the District.  This may be the perfect job for you or somebody you know.  You may see the kids off to school and return home before they do while also enjoying summers, weekends, and nights off.  

Permanent employees also are entitled to a retirement benefit per Pennsylvania Commonwealth Law of which currently is more than 35% of earnings.  This translates into an additional $4.60 per hour in retirement earnings that will accrue interest over the duration of your school food service career until you are eligible for retirement benefits.  

The District's current food service substitute pay rate is $12.00 per hour.  

Please contact Administrative Assistant, Sharon Meekins at or (412) 373-5777 for additional information.


WTAE News Showcases Gateway High School Breakfast Program

Child Hunger Hero

2023 Child Hunger Hero “Gold Level” Award


We are excited to announce that Gateway School District is the recipient of the 2023 Child Hunger Hero “Gold Level” Award from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. 

This honor is given to schools and community partners who go above and beyond in feeding kids in our community. We are proud of the hard work of our food service staff and community volunteers who operate the District’s “pop-up” food pantry and are honored that we are one of the 11 “gold level” winners and one of only 5 school districts to receive this distinguished award this year.

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Non-Discrimination 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. (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. E-mail:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.