Food and Nutrition Services

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

Food and Nutrition Services offers a Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program at Bellwood, Bensley, Chalkley, Ettrick, Falling Creek and Harrowgate elementary schools.
They offer a fresh fruit and vegetable snack to students 4-5 days a week in school. They also provide extra fruits and vegetables to the curbside bags for families to take home.

The information provided in the documents below are student and parent handouts reflecting some of the fruits and vegetables that are offered. The students handouts give nutrition information and some interesting facts about the fruits and vegetables. The parent’s handouts include a recipe and information about how to select and store the fruit and vegetable when purchasing from the store.

The goal of the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program is to:

  • Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food opportunities and education
  • Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience to increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health

Snacks will be eaten in the classroom, along with fun and educational information led by school staff. Children will be encouraged to try the fruit or vegetable snack of the day, but they may choose to not participate if they do not like or cannot eat the fruit or vegetable offered. Please encourage your child to participate in the snack, as this is a great way to show students healthy food choices that are both familiar and new!

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

Breakfast and Lunch Program

Think outside the lunchbox and encourage your children to choose school meals! Due to waivers provided by USDA due to COVID19, all children 1-18 years old may receive both a Breakfast and Lunch at NO CHARGE for school year 21-22! A la carte options will also be available for purchase. Adults pay $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch in school cafeterias.

Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Application Process

2021-2022 USDA feeding waivers allow school food services to provide meals to all students at NO CHARGE, without parents submitting a Free or Reduced-Price Meal application.

However, there are other benefits available to families if a student has an approved meal application on file. Benefits may include PEBT food assistance, reduced or waived internet fees, waived school and testing fees, etc.  In order to receive these benefits, submit a Free or Reduced-Price Meal application online by visiting www.myschoolapps.com.

If you do not have internet access with either a smartphone, a tablet or a computer, contact our Food and Nutrition Services office at 743-3717 for assistance.  A new application must be submitted each school year and only one application per household is needed.

Parents are notified of the status of their application by email or letter. Be sure your student’s school has your correct email and mailing address information on file in order to receive eligibility information.

Recipes

Community Eligibility Provision

This school year, twenty-five CCPS schools will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision meals program (CEP).  Carver College and Career Academy, Hopkins Road Elementary, Beulah Elementary, Ettrick Elementary, Matoaca Elementary, Jacobs Road Elementary, Carver Middle, Besley Elementary, Harrowgate Elementary, Ecoff Elementary, C. E. Curtis Elementary, J. G. Hening Elementary, J. A. Chalkley Elementary, Crestwood Elementary, Meadowbrook High, Falling Creek Elementary, Manchester Middle, A. M. Davis, Bellwood Elementary, Falling Creek Middle, Reams Road Elementary, Salem Church Elementary, Salem Church Middle, Marguerite F Christian Elementary, and Elizabeth Scott Elementary.

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 1-855-832-5226 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 1-855-832-5226.

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