Lunches and Breakfast

Mission Statement

The Chesterfield County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services, as a partner in education, contributes to a successful academic experience.  We provide an innovative, nutritious and cost efficient program which strives to encourage a lifetime of good nutrition.

Our Values

  • To serve nutritionally sound meals that are popular and affordable to all students.
  • To adhere to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
  • To exceed our customers’ expectations in quality and service
  • To encourage students to experience new foods
  • To manage all resources efficiently
  • To provide an enjoyable, pleasant, customer friendly eating environment
  • To advance the public’s image of school breakfast and lunch
  • To remain financially self-supporting
  • To grow professionally through continuous education
  • To maintain high standards of sanitation and safety
  • Teamwork between staff, students and community
  • Promote the mission as stated by Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Utilize technology as needed to enhance effectiveness of the program

Lunch Program

Think outside the lunchbox and encourage your children to choose school meals! They are the best deal in town: $1.50 for breakfast in all schools, $2.45 for elementary school lunch, $2.55 for middle school lunch and $2.75 for high school lunch. Adults pay $1.85 for breakfast and $3.55 for lunch in school cafeterias.

Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Application Process

Families must reapply for meal benefits each school year.  If your student received free meals during the 2018_2019 school year, their benefit will expire October 14, 2019.

Please remember only one application per household.  If approved, free or reduced qualifies your child/children for breakfast and lunch

Paper applications are distributed to each student when school opens.  Completed applications can be returned to the school or mailed to our department at:

Chesterfield County Public Schools
Food and Nutrition Services
7610 Whitepine Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23237
ATTN: F/R

Community Eligibility Provision

This school year, seven CCPS schools will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision meals program (CEP).   Bellwood Elementary, Bensley Elementary, Chalkley Elementary, Ettrick Elementary, Falling Creek Elementary, Harrowgate Elementary and Falling Creek Middle.

This program allows all students to receive a full breakfast and lunch meal at no charge for the entire school year.  Parents do not need to fill out any paperwork or an application for their child to receive meals at no charge in the cafeteria.  We hope you will encourage your child to join us in the cafeteria daily for a healthy, nutritious breakfast and lunch that will help fuel their academic day.

This program is only offered at the schools listed.  If you have students attending other CCPS schools, please submit an application to see if your students qualify for meal benefits.

MySchoolBucks.com

Are you tired of writing checks or searching every morning for cash to pay for your child’s lunch?  MySchoolBucks.com can help.  There are many benefits to this website, which is secured through Verisign.

  • Decrease the chance of your child running out of breakfast or lunch money
  • Eliminate the need to send lunch money daily or weekly
  • Deduct from your credit card or debit card automatically or by request depending on which method you prefer
  • Enable you to check your child’s account for the past seven days to see what they are eating and have purchased
  • Allow you to place limits on how your child may spend the money in his or her account.  We recommend setting a daily spending limit rather than a weekly spending limit.
  • Let you check payment history with MySchoolBucks.com
  • Notify you by e-mail when your child’s account balance drops to a certain level.

How does MySchoolBucks.com work?
First, you need a computer with Internet access. Go to MySchoolBucks.com and follow the on-screen direction.  We encourage a $10 minimum payment.  Once your account is set or a payment is made, it will take up to 1 hour for the account to show updates.  If there are any problems with MySchoolBucks.com parents can call 1-800-479-3531 and select option 5 to speak with a representative.

Use MySchoolBucks.com to make EASY lunch payments for your child!
Call 1-800-479-3531 or visit www.MySchoolBucks.com to enroll in this convenient, free service!

Other helpful links.

www.dietaryguidelines.gov

Return Checks

In an effort to curb the cost and time our district expends each year in returned checks, Food and Nutrition Services has contracted with Envision Payment Solutions.  A $50 fee is charged for each returned check, plus the value of the check.  If you have any questions, please call at 1-877-290-5460.

Office of Food and Nutrition Services
7610 Whitepine Road
N Chesterfield, VA 23237
(804) 743-3717

CCPS menus on nutrislice.com

School menus for elementary, middle and high schools

Gluten-free menus

A word about our menus

Here are just a few menu items that make school breakfasts and lunches healthy and nutritious:

  • whole-grain rolls, biscuits, buns and pizza crust
  • cupped fruit in natural or extra-light syrup
  • reduced-fat dressings
  • baked fries (no frying at all in elementary or middle schools)
  • whole-grain breading on chicken and nuggets
  • 100% beef and reduced-fat burgers
  • low-fat and fat-free milk
  • vegetarian choice every day

Important information

Chesterfield County Public Schools provides nutritious breakfasts and lunches, offering milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains and meeting strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. The nutritional integrity of school meals has always been a priority, and the school system is meeting the challenges set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. School lunches must meet tough federal standards that require

  • age-appropriate calorie limits (Some portions will be reduced.)
  • larger servings of vegetables and fruits (Students are required to take at least one fruit or vegetable.)
  • wider variety of vegetables, including dark green vegetables, red/orange vegetables and legumes (Cooked and fresh versions will be offered daily.)
  • fat-free or 1 percent milk (Flavored milk must be fat free. Whole milk and 2 percent milk will not be available.)
  • more whole grains (At least half of all the grains in school meals must be whole grains.)
  • minimum and maximum levels for all grain products and protein products
  • less sodium
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Nutritional integrity is the goal of Chesterfield County Public Schools, which takes special care in selecting foods that are consistent with the recommended dietary allowances. For detailed ingredient lists and nutritional information about school breakfasts and lunches, visit mychesterfieldschools.nutrislice.com.

Farm to School

What is Farm to School?  This program was established to help provide healthy and nutritious food to school children while also providing local farmers with consistent and dependable outlets for their products.  Farm to School began in 1996 as a grass roots movement and now is active in over 40 states and is still growing.  This program plays on the trend of buying and growing locally.  We have instructed our local produce company to only, if affordable and of good quality, supply fruits and vegetables that are grown in the State when at all possible.  They then distribute it to our 64 schools based on when it is on the menu.

RECYCLING – The Three R’s

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Chesterfield County Public Schools in conjunction with Chesterfield County has begun a comprehensive recycling program.  All staff and students will be trained on which items can be recycled or reused or how they can reduce the usage of some products.  The goal is to decrease as much as possible the amount of waste that is going to the landfill.

To be successful, a recycling program takes active participation by everyone at the school.  This new effort does not replace any recycling program currently in place.  This new program uses “Single Stream Recycling”.  It is much simpler to implement, in that all recyclable materials are collected in the same container and after pick-up, they are separated at the recycling center.  School staff and students will have lists posted and be trained on the types of materials that can be recycled.

Middle schools and high schools have transitioned to paper, biodegradable trays that are made from recycled materials. Unfortunately, not all materials can be recycled, such as the foam trays used in elementary schools. Once polystyrene (foam) trays are contaminated with food, they cannot be recycled without the trays being washed. Currently there is not a facility that recycles polystyrene trays. The goal is to train all staff and students on stacking the trays after all items have been removed. Doing this reduces the volume 20 percent or more. Schools have special containers for tray stacking.

Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to conserving resources and being a better steward of the environment.  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is the start of a long lasting program that will teach our students to understand the many benefits of going green.

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
ATTN:  FR
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

Life Threatening Allergies

Nondiscrimination: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly: In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Chesterfield County Public Schools recognizes the connection of students’ health and wellbeing on the ability to achieve personal, academic, and developmental success. Here in Chesterfield, we believe in supporting the whole child, where students’ intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and mental wellbeing is nourished. We, as a school division and a community, have an important responsibility to create learning environments that promote healthy, active choices and behaviors.

Good nutrition, particularly eating a healthy breakfast, is linked to positive student outcomes.  Additionally, emerging research has supported the connection between being physically active to improved indicators of academic achievement including increased engagement and improved behavior. But equally as important, we are equipping students with lifelong healthy habits for their current and future success.  Kids are made to move! So let’s get them moving!

Student Wellness Policy

Our CCPS Wellness Policy is focused around nutrition and physical activity in our schools to provide guidance to our schools and families on the important practices and environment we expect for our students in our division. In addition to CCPS’ vision for the health and wellbeing of our students, the policy is also guided by the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 is the federal regulations that support the requirements and implementation of school meal and other federal food and nutrition programs in the United States. In addition, it outlines the requirements for a division wellness policy. All school divisions should be in compliance with the regulations beginning on June 30, 2017.  For more information go to, https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/tn/LWPsummary_finalrule.pdf

Have questions or comments related to school wellness or the Student Wellness Policy (4190)? Please email Rachel Bulifant, MSNW, RD, Specialist for Student Wellness at rachel_bulifant@ccpsnet.net

School Wellness Councils

All schools in Chesterfield County are creating school-based leadership groups around wellness called School Wellness Councils (SWC). Councils will be charged with assessing their own environment and supporting wellness-based activities and initiatives that will enhance and engage their students, staff, and community. If you are interested in getting involved, the principal can connect you with the wellness champion at the school of interest.

At the division level, the School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) along with the Student Wellness Specialist and other leaders provide coordination and oversight of the wellness policy and other wellness priorities across the division.

Healthy Celebrations

Birthdays, holidays, appreciation, good behavior and more! It is important to celebrate our students and staff and let them know we care.  However, sweet rewards do not have to contain sugar! There are tons of other ways to celebrate important milestones in school. Moderation is key! It’s not about taking away all the sweet stuff, but finding balance and encouraging others to choose healthy foods and non-food treats most of the time.  Here are some resources to check out for lots of sweet ideas!

Celebrations

Rewards

Fit Fundraisers

Fundraisers are an important tool to secure funding for the great programs, initiatives, and equipment our schools need to grow and thrive.  However, fundraisers can also be a source of promoting and supporting unhealthy options and choices.  Focusing on activity-based, non-food and healthier food fundraisers is important for the overall message and culture we are creating in Chesterfield.

Did you know that there are federal regulations that prohibit the selling, marketing, and promotion of foods DURING the school day that do not meet Smart Snacks in Schools standards?  This is an important part of our fundraising efforts that happen during as well as outside of our school day. Refer to the wellness policy for more details on sale of food during and after school hours.

Savvy Snacking

Many schools provide snack time during the school day for classes that eat lunch early or late during the day. Snacks are an important way to provide energy for the brain and body to keep kids thinking and learning all day long.  CCPS encourages students to bring healthy snack options to school to ensure kids have the important nutrients they need to think, play, and grow.

The ideal snack includes lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fat. Also, snacks in class may be sitting without refrigeration for several hours and teachers often encourage snacks that don’t make too much of a mess! We also prohibit snacks containing nuts in the classroom to protect our friends with life threatening allergies. Please follow your school’s requirements for snacks as they may have additional practices.

Packing Healthy Lunches

Chesterfield County Public Schools offers innovative, nutritious and cost efficient breakfast and lunch programs, which strives to encourage a lifetime of good nutrition. For more information related to Food Services, go to http://mychesterfieldschools.com/food-and-nutrition-services/.

However, for those families that choose to pack lunches for their students, we encourage nutritious choices to fuel students for a day of learning and fun.  Packing a healthy lunch is about balance, variety, and choice. We encourage you to use the USDA’s MyPlate (https://www.choosemyplate.gov/) as a guide for creating a balanced lunchbox.

Movement in the Classroom

Kids should strive to be physical active at least 60 minutes each day.  This includes movement during and outside of school. Many of our Chesterfield schools offer before and after school activity-based programming to encourage our kids to be physically active.  The classroom is also a great place to incorporate movement into our students day.  Not only does it allow them to get up and move, but exercise also fuels the brain.  Emerging research on physical activity in the classroom is showing benefits in engagement, behavior, and student success.

Physical activity can be incorporated into the classroom in many ways. Here are a few ways we encourage our CCPS teachers to integrate into their classroom on a regular basis.

Brain Boosters

Brain Boosters, also commonly known as brain breaks or brain energizers, are effective breaks in learning that last only a few minutes to help refocus the learner.  These breaks help active, energize, and stimulate the student’s brains.  Active brain boosters get students up and moving during a lesson or transitions within the classroom environment.

Check out more resources on brain boosters

Active Lessons & Kinesthetic Learning

Kids are made to move! Additionally, the kid (and adult) brain is not made to maintain attention all day long and continue to be active and engaged. The classroom holds an enormous opportunity to engage students in learning through movement and kinesthetic learning.   Kinesthetic learning incorporates movement and action into the learning process and replaces more sedentary and passive learning experiences like lecture or demonstration. Chesterfield County Public Schools encourages our schools to incorporate movement throughout the day, including during the learning process.

Want to learn more about physical activity and its impact on the brain and student? Here are some resources to get you started

Active Recess

Recess is one of the few times of the school day that provides less structure and more opportunities to play. Research shows that play is an important part of child development and even contributes to the learning process in the classroom. Along with the physical benefits of recess, there are social, emotional, and cognitive development and impact as well.

Providing students recess in our elementary schools is part of our CCPS Wellness Policy (hyperlink to policy).  All schools should be providing at least 30 minutes of recess, which includes transition time, most days of the week. While recess provides students will personal choice, we encourage students to be active during recess time.  We also encourage teachers to incorporate movement and activity, as practicable, during recess time on the days where they enjoy indoor recess due to inclement weather.

Wellness Integration Model

Wellness Integration is an instructional model focused in elementary schools that empowers teachers to incorporate kinesthetic learning, movement and health messaging into lessons and other areas of the classroom. The model also enhances the school environment to support health and wellbeing through a variety of research-based strategies. The comprehensive approach creates culture change to improve and support overall wellbeing, student engagement, and academic performance.

Chesterfield County Public Schools seeks to expand this model across the division to ensure we are supporting the whole child and create a culture of wellness across all schools. Schools that have currently or already been trained in wellness integration include:

  • Bellwood Elementary
  • Elizabeth Scott Elementary
  • Marguerite Christian Elementary
  • Falling Creek Elementary
  • Harrowgate Elementary
  • Reams Road Elementary

Smart Snacks Standards

Smart Snacks in Schools, developed by the USDA, is the federal regulations that provides nutrition standard requirements for all foods sold during the school day that is outside of the reimbursable school meal program.  This includes a la carte foods in the cafeteria as well as foods sold in vending machines, school stores, or during-school fundraisers.

Foods that are offered/provided but not sold to students during the school day does not follow the same regulatory standards; however, we encourage schools and families to offer foods that do align with the standards outlined in the Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines.

For more information on Smart Snacks in Schools standards, please visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday/tools-schools-focusing-smart-snacks

Also, to determine if a food or beverage meets the standards, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation has a great online tool. https://www.healthiergeneration.org/take_action/schools/snacks_and_beverages/smart_snacks/alliance_product_calculator/

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.