Dining Services at AFS
At AFS we partner with CulinArt Dining Services to create a community lunch that is simple, healthy and kid-friendly. If you have questions about the Farmhouse or any other cafeteria or food-service issue, please email Chef Chris Dantonio or call 215-576-3991.
Dining Services FAQs
Abington Friends School dining services are managed by CulinArt Inc., which strives to provide simple, healthy and kid-friendly food.
Upper and Middle school students are able to purchase a meal plan (which can be used to purchase meals in the Muller Café and the Farmhouse) and participate in a separate a la carte program (available exclusively in the Farmhouse). Lower School students in Grades 1-4 are able to take advantage of the meal plan program. Students in the 3-and 4-year olds program and kindergarten are expected to bring a lunch. There are currently no a la carte options for Lower School students.
A meal plan allows students to purchase meals in increments of 25 up to 170. Each AFS complete meal includes one main course selection from New York Deli, Chef’s Choice (hot entrée), Pizza Villaggio, Salad Bar (large salad with toppings) or Pasta Villagio, accompanied by two side dish selections (soup, small salad, vegetable, rice, potatoes, fresh fruit, etc. ) with one dessert and one beverage.
Meals are served to Lower School (grades 1-4 only), Middle School and Upper School students during their respective lunch times in the Muller Cafe. Upper and Middle School students can also purchase meals in the Farmhouse during their lunch periods.
A link to the current menu can be found on the parent and student sections of the AFS website.
Because we are trying to streamline the purchasing process so students have more time to enjoy eating a healthy lunch, there are no a la carte options in the Muller Café. Students must have meals “loaded” onto their ID cards via the enrollment process described in this section of the website in order to go through the cafeteria line. A meal will be clearly described and a student may select all or some of the components that make up a “meal.” When they scan their ID card, one meal will be deducted from their account balance.
Middle and Upper School students are able to purchase healthy a la carte snack and beverage choices in the Farmhouse with cash or with a “Farmhouse Flex” debit account.
Sign up for the Student Meal Plan by returning your completed Meal Plan Enrollment Form to CulinArt at Abington Friends School. Include credit card information or enclose a check payable to CulinArt Inc. at Abington Friends School. Mail to Abington Friends School, ATTN: CulinArt Dining Services, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
Yes, the Meal Plan is open enrollment. You must complete an enrollment brochure (insert link here) and include credit card information or a check (made payable to Culinart, Inc.) and mail to AFS, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
We have provided several tiers of plans. In addition, if you start by purchasing a half-year plan, but decide later to sign up for a full year plan, you will receive full credit for the cost of the limited plan toward your upgrade to the full plan. In other words, if you buy a half-year Upper School plan for your child at a cost of $425 then choose to trade up to a full year plan, you will pay an additional $370 rather than the full $425 cost of a second half-year plan.
No, meal plans are sold on a use-it-or-lose-it basis. Your child’s meal-plan balance will be reset to zero at the end of every school year.
The Farmhouse is a stand-alone building outside the Middle and Upper School. CulinArt sells food and snacks in the AFS Farmhouse daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to Middle and Upper School students when school is in session. Menu items include freshly made deli sandwiches, salads and soups as well as nutritious snacks and drinks. Payment options include cash, “Farmhouse Flex” debit accounts and meal plans.
The Farmhouse is open only to Upper and Middle School students. There are currently no a la carte options for Lower School students.
Students will have access to a wide selection of healthy snacks, including hummus, fresh fruit, yogurt and veggies as well as Naked Juices, Gatorade, Silk and Tropicana juices. In addition, a limited number of breakfast items will be available, including oatmeal, bagels and cold cereal and local, hormone-free milk. We have tried to design the Farmhouse menu to be healthy while keeping an eye on the “yummy!”
Yes, meal plans (for Upper and Middle School students) may be used in the Farmhouse, which serves a limited menu including fresh deli sandwiches (many of which can be toasted), soups, salads and dessert. As always, a meal includes either one deli selection or salad accompanied by two side selections (soup, small salad, fresh fruit, etc) with one dessert (2 cookies, 1 pudding, etc) and one beverage (as indicated from the meal plan). Meal plans may only be purchased using a paper registration form (available in the Dining Services section of the AFS website).
Students are be able to purchase lunch or a la carte items using cash or “Farmhouse Flex” debit accounts. Flex accounts can be set up online at http://www.mypaymentsplus.com.
You can put money on your child’s Farmhouse Flex debit account at any time online through the My Payments Plus website.
Farmhouse Flex balances will carry over from one year to the next.
If your student loses his or her ID card, AFS can issue a blank replacement card with the student’s barcode and without a photo for use in the cafeteria at no charge. Requests for a replacement cards should be made to Martha Scache in the business office. Students will not be denied lunch because they are unable to locate their ID cards.
Replacement photo IDs can be ordered directly from Jontori Photography Studios at 215-491-2919. Jontori charges a $10 fee. AFS does not require students to replace their photo IDs.