For questions not covered here, contact the Food and Nutrition Services office at 743-3717.
Are school breakfasts and lunches nutritious?
Yes! Our school meals are healthy and meet the requirements set forth by the U.S. Agriculture Department and the Government Accountability Office. It is important to encourage your child to eat all the components, including fruits and vegetables. School lunches do not make children obese, but it is necessary to encourage your child to limit a la carte items and to exercise daily.
Are lunches from home more nutritious and less expensive?
No! Studies show that lunches from home are less nutritious, contain more snack foods and rarely include milk. Our lunches are a great value with good nutrition, which adds up to a great bargain for your child and your wallet.
Can I limit a la carte purchases for my child?
Yes! Please contact the food service manager at your child’s school or simply write on your check “meals only.” We encourage limiting snacks to two items with the purchase of a meal or with a meal brought from home, but you must decide what is best for your child.
Do a la carte items meet nutritional requirements?
Yes! On July 1, 2014, the Smart Snacks part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act took effect. All snacks sold on school campuses must meet these strict guidelines: Snacks must be under 200 calories, sugar must be 35 percent or less by weight, calories from fat must be 35 percent or less of total calories, saturated fat must be 10 percent or less of total calories, and sodium may not exceed 200 mg. Beverages (with the exception of water) cannot exceed 8 ounces in elementary schools and 12 ounces in middle and high schools (high schools may allow 20-ounce containers with less than 5 calories per 8 ounces.)
My child cannot drink milk. What are the options?
When a student cannot consume milk because of a medical condition, the federal program requires a statement from a recognized medical authority. Lactose-free milk is the only approved substitution. For other allergies, please contact the Food and Nutrition Services Department.
Do I have to fill out a free or reduced-price meal application each year?
Yes! The federal program requires that the application be filled out with all the required information before it can be processed. Parents need to fill out only one application for all the children they have in elementary, middle and high school. This application should list all school-age children.
Why was my free or reduced-price meal application denied?
If your income is too high or the information requested on the application was incomplete, your application will be denied.
Please click on the links below to download PDF versions of the form.
Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Application Process
To apply for free or reduced-price meals, please fill out an application, sign it and return it to your child’s school immediately or mail it to:
Chesterfield County Public School Food and Nutrition Services
7610 Whitepine Road
N. Chesterfield, VA 23237
Applications packets will be given to all students in elementary, middle and high schools on the first day of school.
If you were approved for free or reduced meals in Chesterfield during the 2018-2019 school year, your current application will expire on October 15, 2019. You must reapply for meal benefits each school year.
**Applications must be printed in landscape format. Printing the form in portrait format will cause a delay in the application process.
Please remember only one application per household. If approved, free or reduced qualifies your child/children for breakfast and lunch
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