Food Services- New Haven School Food


Dear Parents/Families,

Welcome back to the 2017-18 school year!

You may have heard in the news that school lunches around the country are changing for the better. For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government has issued new nutrition standards for meals served to school children. Luckily, New Haven has been leading the nation in terms of healthy school food offerings, so your child may not even notice any changes have taken place.

 The new requirements include strict limits on the portion sizes, calories, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium in school meals.  We are meeting these nutrition standards by offering students a selection of low-fat and fat-free milk, larger portions of colorful fruits and vegetables, and a variety of whole grains and lean protein choices. All lunches include five meal components:   

  •  a meat or meat alternate such as yogurt, lean beef, chicken or low-fat cheese
  •  a grain such as whole-wheat bread, pasta, or brown rice
  •  a fresh, canned, or dried fruit selection
  •  raw or cooked vegetables in a variety of colors
  •  low-fat and fat-free milk


As always, each child must select at least three of these five components on their tray to make a meal. The biggest change to this old requirement is that now at least one of those three components must be a fruit or a vegetable.

 Please explain these changes to your child before they arrive at school.  Every student needs to be prepared to select at least one fruit or vegetable with their lunch every day.  We are planning our menus to include selections we know students like, as well as different foods they may not have tried before.  Please encourage your child to try these new foods.  They just might find a new favorite!

We look forward to serving your child this year and we welcome your feedback regarding our menus and choices.



Click here to Download the School Meals Application Form! 

Click Here to Download the Spanish Meals Application Form!


Click here for the NON-UNIVERSAL FREE MEALS SCHOOLS Meal Charge Policy


Click here to view the NHPS Food Services Initiative/Accomplishment Document.


Individualized Health Care Plan (For Food Allergies)



Welcome to New Haven School Food! Where Hungry Kids & Healthy Food Meet


The Mission of the Food Service Department is to ensure that delicious, healthy meals are available to all New Haven students. We strive to serve good quality meals utilizing ingredients from many local producers that promotes the health and wellness of students so they can be more productive in the classroom. We are an active participant in the Connecticut Farm to School & Farm to Chef Programs.


The Food Service Department is comprised of over 200 employees, working in our 46 cafeterias, on the delivery trucks and in our central kitchen offices. Every day, these amazing employees produce and serve over 17,000 lunches and 12,000 breakfasts to the students of New Haven; in school year 2011-2012 we served 5 million meals!  


This website is designed to provide information to students, parents and schools about the school food service program, as well as provide information about food, health and nutrition.



Job applications available at NHPS Central Kitchen, 75 Barnes Avenue. 

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 or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.