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Food & Nutrition Services


Well-nourished students are ready to learn. Food and Nutrition Services team members are partners in education, contributing to a successful academic experience for students through an innovative, nutritious and cost-efficient program that encourages a lifetime of good nutrition. The program adheres to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.

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Free/Reduced-Price School Meals

Families may apply for free or reduced-price school meals through the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. A new application must be submitted each school year, and it must be completed in full to be considered. The most convenient way to submit an application is to apply online. The online application is available in English and Spanish. A paper application is available upon request from the school office or from Food and Nutrition Services.

At schools covered by the community eligibility provision, all students receive free school meals. Families at those schools do not need to submit an application. Chesterfield County schools covered by the community eligibility provision in 2023-24 are listed in the dropdown menu.

If your earnings are at or below federal income eligibility guidelines, you are encouraged to complete an application.

If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or participate in other federal assistance programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, then all of your children who attend school automatically qualify for free school meals.

If you are eligible for unemployment compensation or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, then you may also be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

For the 2023-24 school year, 40 Chesterfield County schools are covered by the community eligibility provision, which means all students in these schools are eligible to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no charge each school day. Students in these schools will receive free breakfast and lunch without families paying a fee or submitting an application for free or reduced-price meals:
Elementary schools: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Bon Air, Chester Early Childhood Learning Academy, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Crenshaw, Crestwood, Curtis, Davis, Ecoff, Enon, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Gates, Harrowgate, Hening, Hopkins, Jacobs Road, Matoaca, Providence, Reams Road, Salem Church, Elizabeth Scott and Wells

Middle schools: Carver, Elizabeth Davis, Falling Creek, Manchester, Matoaca, Providence and Salem Church

High schools: Bird, Carver College and Career Academy, CTC@Courthouse, Thomas Dale, Matoaca, Manchester and Meadowbrook

Chesterfield County Public Schools is offering free afternoon snacks and supper at more than 30 schools for students in after-school activities.

These elementary schools offer after-school meals:

  • *Bellwood Elementary: Supper offered 4:05-4:35 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Bensley Elementary: Snacks offered 2:30-3 p.m. and supper offered 4-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.
  • Beulah Elementary: Snacks offered 4-4:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Chalkley Elementary: Snacks offered 3:30-3:45 p.m. and supper offered 4:30-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Chester Early Childhood Learning Academy: Snacks offered 3:45-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
  • Crestwood Elementary: Snacks offered 4-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Nov. 27.
  • Curtis Elementary: Snacks offered 4:20-4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
  • Ecoff Elementary: Snacks offered 4-4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
  • Enon Elementary: Snacks offered 4:15-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Ettrick Elementary: Supper offered 3:55-4:30 p.m. and snacks offered 4:55-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
  • *Falling Creek Elementary: Supper offered 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Harrowgate Elementary: Snacks offered 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Hening Elementary: Snacks offered 3:45-4 p.m. Thursdays starting Nov. 2.
  • Hopkins Elementary: Snacks offered 4:15-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Gates Elementary: Snacks offered 4-4:30 p.m. Thursdays.
  • Matoaca Elementary: Snacks offered 3:15-3:35 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Reams Road Elementary: Snacks offered 4:30-4:45 p.m. Thursdays.
  • Salem Church Elementary: Snacks offered 3:30-3:45 p.m. Mondays.
  • Spring Run Elementary: Snacks offered 3:55-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.

These middle schools offer after-school meals:

  • Bailey Bridge Middle: Snacks offered 2:15-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Carver Middle: Supper offered 3:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.
  • Elizabeth Davis Middle: Snacks offered 2:05-2:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Falling Creek Middle: Supper offered 2:10-2:30 p.m. and snacks offered 4:40-4:55 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Breakfast offered 6:45-7:15 a.m. at Saturday Academy.
  • Manchester Middle: Snacks offered 2:45-3:05 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.
  • Matoaca Middle: Supper offered 2-2:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
  • Providence Middle: Snacks offered 2-2:30 p.m. and supper offered 4:30-4:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Salem Church Middle: Snacks offered 2:10-2:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. 

These high schools offer after-school meals:

  • Carver College and Career Academy: Supper offered 5:30-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Thomas Dale High: Supper offered 3-3:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
  • Manchester High: Supper offered 3:10-3:40 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
  • Matoaca High: Supper offered 3-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Meadowbrook High: Supper offered 3-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Participating schools are located in areas where 50% of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. In the coming weeks, more Chesterfield County schools are expected to begin offering after-school meals. After-school meals will continue through the spring. Meals and are served first come, first served, and all food must be eaten on-site.

*During intersessions, Bellwood Elementary and Falling Creek Elementary (which both follow a year-round calendar) will not offer after-school meals but will offer morning snacks and lunch during their regular breakfast and lunch times.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture 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: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, 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 about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  • mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or
  • fax: 833-256-1665 or 202-690-7442 or
  • email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, contact Chesterfield County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717 or the Virginia Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition Programs by calling 804-225-2082.

Adding money to your child’s account

Tired of searching every morning for cash to pay for meals or a la carte items in school cafeterias? MySchoolBucks.com can make mornings easier. It is a simple and convenient alternative to ensure your children have money in their accounts for school meals. You can access MySchoolBucks.com via web or download the app.

Through MySchoolBucks.com, you can:

  • Eliminate the need to send lunch money daily or weekly
  • Add funds as needed or set an automatic deduction from your credit card or debit card
  • View your child’s purchases over the past seven days
  • Place a daily or weekly limit on how your child spends funds
  • See your MySchoolBucks.com payment history
  • Receive email notifications when your child’s account balance drops to a certain level

Returned checks: Food and Nutrition Services contracts with Envision Payment Solutions for services related to returned checks. A $50 fee is charged for each returned check in addition to the value of the check. Call 855-832-5226 if you have questions.

Menus and nutrition

A free app makes it easy to find out what is being served in Chesterfield County Public Schools. MealViewer can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Also, the school system’s website provides a link: schools.mealviewer.com/district/ccps. MealViewer users create a free account, choose the school they are interested in, then view detailed nutritional information (including possible allergens) about the entrees and side dishes available each day. Because food and ingredients change from year to year, parents need to check ingredients annually if their child has food allergies. Menus are subject to change.

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. Nutrition is prioritized, and the school system is meeting the challenges set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. School lunches must meet federal standards that require 

  • age-appropriate calorie limits
  • 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 
  • fat-free or 1% milk 
  • more whole grains; at least half of all the grains in school meals must be whole grains 
  • minimum and maximum levels for all grain and protein products
  • less sodium

Here are some of the steps taken to 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
  • no frying at all
  • whole-grain breading on chicken and nuggets
  • 100% beef and reduced-fat burgers
  • vegetarian choice every day

Food Allergies

Parents can use this link to the food allergy/food modification medical statement or get one from their school’s nurse or cafeteria manager. This form must be completed and signed by a licensed health-care provider and returned to the school nurse. The school nurse will provide the statement to the cafeteria manager who will send it to the dietitian in Food and Nutrition Services to determine any meal accommodations.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Food and Nutrition Services offers a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at multiple elementary schools, providing a fresh fruit and vegetable snack to students three to five days a week. The goal 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

The snacks are eaten in the classroom and paired with fun and educational information. Children are 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.

Information provided in student and parent handouts reflects some of the fruits and vegetables that are offered. Student handouts give nutrition information and some interesting facts about the fruits and vegetables. Parent handouts include a recipe and information about how to select and store the fruits and vegetables when purchasing from a store.

Frequently asked questions

Yes. School meals are healthy and meet requirements set by the USDA and the Government Accountability Office. For optimum nutrition, it is good practice to encourage your child to eat all the meal components, including fruits and vegetables, and to limit a la carte items.

No. Studies show that lunches from home are less nutritious, contain more snack foods and rarely include milk. School lunches offer high nutritional value at a low cost.

Yes. Contact the food service manager at your child’s school or write on your check “meals only.”

Yes. All snacks sold on school campuses must meet the USDA Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards:

  • less than 200 calories
  • sugar must be 35% or less by weight
  • calories from fat must be 35% or less of total calories
  • saturated fat must be 10% or less of total calories
  • 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).

When a student cannot consume milk because of a medical condition, a statement from a recognized medical authority must be submitted. Cafeterias routinely offer lactose-free milk as an approved alternative. For other allergies, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717.

Yes. An application must be completed each year and can only be processed if it includes all the required information. One application listing all school-age children should be submitted for each household. Note: Students who attend schools covered by the community eligibility provision do not need to submit an application to receive free meals.

If your income is too high or the information requested on the application was incomplete, your application will be denied.

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