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School Foods

School Foods for East Hartford Public Schools is provided by Sodexo Food Services. If you have any questions, please contact Shari-Lynn Staeb from Sodexo at 860-568-4252.

School Lunch Menus for East Hartford Public Schools

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Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Our Healthy Snacks and Beverages Meet the 
Alliance for a Healthier Generation and State of Connecticut Healthy Certification Guidelines!

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Guidelines fit perfectly alongside our efforts in nutrition education, locally sourced produce and instilling a lifelong appreciation for good nutrition. This agreement, which focuses on healthy a la carte snacks and beverages, builds on Sodexo’s ongoing commitment to student well-being. We’re proud to be the first food service provider to connect with AHG and work toward dramatically reducing childhood obesity.

Back Packers Program

East Hartford Public Schools and New Covenant United Methodist Church BackPackers Program

Each year we see  students within  our  community  and school district that for one reason or another do not have sufficient amounts of food to eat over the weekend.   The East Hartford Public Schools  and the New Covenant United Methodist Church have agree to support  our initiative to provide weekend backpacks with food donations to  be available for students in need in our community.  As the  School’s Food Service contracted vendor  and as part of Sodexo’s “Stop Hunger Campaign” a group of Sodexo employees have volunteered to pack and distribute these backpacks to students in the school district.

The mission of  our “BackPackers” program  is:

“To stop hunger faced by children on weekends by providing them non-perishable foods in backpacks”.

Officials in each participating school identify needy students that fit the criteria for the program.  Student confidentiality is of the utmost importance.

Non-Perishable food is purchased from the Greater Hartford Foodshare Food Bank and put into backpacks by the Sodexo team for distribution each Friday.  The participating students pick up their backpacks at a designated location in the school and take them home over the weekend.  The backpacks are returned to the school the following Monday  to be restocked and redistributed the following weekend. 

This program  is a proven success  in East Hartford  

Sponsors fund the program and each year  our collaboration increases. Our NCUMC sponsor, and our East Hartford Hunger Action Team participate in the Walk for Hunger in Hartford for Food share with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the backpackers program.

It is never too late for a student to join the program.  More information regarding the program may be obtained by contacting the Sodexo Food Service Office at (860) 568-4252. 

Shari-Lynn Staeb
General Manager, Sodexo
East Hartford Public Schools
(860) 568-4252

District Wellness Policy, Committee and Assessment

Healthy Celebration Catering Suggestions

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Fruits & Vegetables

  • Individual Cups of Fruit such as seasonal melons, berries or Tropical Fruit      $1.50
  • Individual Cups of Fruit with juice – Mandarin Oranges, Pineapple Tidbits, Peaches, Pears or Apples slices $0.75
  • Whole Hand Fruit – Apples, Bananas, Oranges or Pears  $0.85
  • Individual Cups of Carrots & Celery with or without Dip $.85
  • Individual Cups of Broccoli Trees with or without Dip  $.85
  • Individual Fresh Grape Tomatoes with Cucumbers Slices with or without Dip  $0.95
  • Hummus and Low Fat Pita Chips Individual cups $1.50

Yogurt and Parfaits

  • Low Fat Yogurt – Assorted Fruit Flavored - $0.95
  • Low Fat Yogurt, Fruit & Granola Parfait $1.75

Bars & Snacks 

  • Nutrigrain Bars – Strawberry, Apple, Blueberry or Raspberry $1.00
  • Cheese & Crackers (can be individually cupped or served platter style) $1.25
  • Assorted Reduced Fat Otis Spunkmeyer Whole Grain Cookies (2) $0.80
  • Reduced Fat Chocolate or Vanilla Ice Cream Cone $1.00
  • Reduced Fat Ice Cream Sandwich $1.00 


  • Bottled Water $1.25 (pitchers of potable water with cups can be provided upon request)
  • 8 oz.  1% or Fat Free Unflavored Milk or Fat Free Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry Milk Cartons $0.50
  • 4 oz. 100% Apple or Orange Juice Carton  $0.50 

To place an order for any of the above items or to customize a healthy options for your student or class, or if you have suggestions to add to our menu selections, please call our Food Services office at (860)568-4252. 

My School Bucks secure online prepayment service

My School Bucks Log In

Dear Parents:

With current national attention being focused on children’s health and wellness issues, East Hartford Public School District’s Food Service Department is excited to provide parents/guardians a convenient, easy and secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time.  This service also provides parents/guardians the ability to view your student’s account balance through a web site called MySchoolBucks.com. 

By having money in each student’s account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster so your student has more time to eat and be with friends.  Also, parents/guardians will have the ability to print out a copy of their student’s eating history report.  This history report will show you all dates and times that your student has purchased a breakfast and or lunch within the past thirty days. 

To access these services:

  1. Simply go to:  www.myschoolbucks.com or click on the My School Bucks logo on the Food Service Website at Easthartford.org.
  2. Please refer to the parent training guide on the Food Services Homepage for further information
  3. From this site you will be able to create your account and add money to your student’s school meal account.  All you need is your student’s name, student ID number and school ZIP code.  Please choose East Hartford as the district. 
  4. Things to know:
    • If you have more than one student in the District you can handle all online prepayments from the same online account. 
    • Payments may be made through an existing PayPal account or with a major credit or debit card.
    • In order to use the online prepayment service, a convenience fee of $2.49 for each transaction will be assessed to cover the bank fees.   Parents/guardians placing money into multiple meal accounts will only be assessed the convenience fee once per deposit transaction. 
    • East Hartford Public Schools District will not profit from the use of this site. 

We are very excited to offer these services, however, if you choose not to take advantage of the online prepayment service you may continue to make advance payments via cash or check, which should be made payable to:  East Hartford Public Schools.  Please write your student’s full name on the check.  If you have any questions about these new services, please feel free to contact my office at 860-568-4252. 

Best Regards,

Shari-Lynn Staeb
GM/Director-Food & Nutrition Services
Sodexo-Education Division
East Hartford Public Schools
869 Forbes Street
East Hartford, CT  06118
Office- 860 568-4252

Nutritional Websites

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School Breakfast Program

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East Hartford Public Schools

Letter to Households about School Breakfast Program (from No Kid Hungry Act)

Dear Parent / Guardian,

This year, we need your help to make sure all of our students are fully prepared for academic success. We all know that hungry children have a more difficult time doing their best work. That is why we encourage all students to begin the school day with a nutritious breakfast.

The School Breakfast Program is available to all students every weekday morning. You do not have to register your child in advance. Your child can eat breakfast at school every day or only occasionally. School breakfast makes good sense - it provides ¼ of your child's nutritional needs, meets Dietary Guidelines recommendations, and offers children a chance to eat breakfast with their friends.

School Breakfast is an ideal solution on busy mornings when kids are running late or parents have to be at work early. Whatever the reason, if breakfast at home is not convenient, please have your child take advantage of breakfast here at school.

Children from households whose income is at or below the levels set by the federal government may be eligible for either free or reduced-price meals. To apply, please contact your child’s school.

Paid Breakfast - $1.60 
rades K-8 - $1.60
Grades 9-12 - $2.00
Reduced all grades - $0.30

Thank you for helping us to make sure that all of our students start the school day alert, well fed and ready to learn.

Shari-Lynn Staeb
Food Service Director

School Food Prices

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The price of school lunches has increased to comply with The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296).  The meal increased prices does not affect school children receiving free and reduced meals.

Grade      Breakfast     Lunch


Whole Grain Cereal Bars Asst.  $1.00 Goldfish Cinnamon $0.35
Nutri Grain Bars (fruit filled) $1.00 Smartfood Popcorn $0.60
Rice Krispie Treat Regular Size $1.00 Heartzel Pretzels $0.60
Yogurt $0.95 Tostito Scoops $0.85
Smartfood Popcorn $0.60 WGR Quaker Snack Mix $0.60
Baked Chips Small Bag .875 oz. $0.85 Doritos (all flavors) $0.85
Baked Chips Lg Bag 1.0 oz.  $1.00 WGR Scooby Grahams Cinnamon $0.60
WGR Oatmeal Bar 1.44 oz.  $0.85 WGR Cheez It $0.75
Nature Valley Graham Crisps  $0.85 Reduced Fat Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies $0.40
Heartzel Pretzels $0.60 Mini WGR Rice Krispie Treats $0.35
Reduced Fat Cookies $0.40 Apple or Orange Juice 4 oz. $0.50
Whole Fruit $0.85   
Tostito Scoops $0.85 A LA CARTE ICE CREAM LIST  -  All Schools
Doritos (all flavors)  $0.85 Rosati Italian Ice (multi flavors) $1.00
Sun Chips $0.85 Rich's Low Fat Ice Cream Sandwich $1.00
100%  MM Juice / Snapple $1.50 Straw. Shortcake / Choc Éclair RF $1.00
Bottled Water  $1.25 Fudge Bars $1.00
Polar Seltzer Can $1.00 Rich's Rainbow Push Pop $1.00
Polar Seltzer 20 oz. Bottle $1.50   
Switch Beverage 100 % Juice $1.50   
"O" Water Bottles $2.00   
Naked Juice$2.50   

Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Program

Free and Reduced Lunch LogoThe East Hartford Public Schools offers free and reduced meal to all students if they qualify.  Meal application forms can be printed, can be obtained at the schools, or at the East Hartford Board of Education offices.

The Central Registration office processes and approves all meal applications, providing they are filled out completely by the parent or the head of household in the family. Central Registration is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call (860) 622-5967 or the information line at 860-622-5080 and select option 2.

All grades - breakfast reduced $0.30 and lunch reduced $0.40. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Free and Reduced-Price School Meals and Milk:

School Meal Procedures

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Lunch Charging Procedures  

The Board of Education is responsible for reimbursing the food service fund for outstanding lunch charges at the end of each school year. This restriction on use of food service funds for this purpose is outlined in the State of Connecticut Department of Education Operational Memorandum 19-10. Funds from the non-profit school food service account cannot be used to cover the cost of unpaid charged meals.

The CSDE requires that the household pays all delinquent student debts no later than June 30 to ensure that students’ accounts are closed. Any delinquent debts that have not been recovered by June 30 will be considered bad debt. These student meal accounts must be at a zero balance for the next school year.

Only parents/guardians have the ability to restrict the use of student lunch funds (i.e. lunches only, snack, ice cream on Fridays, etc).

Although not required by law, East Hartford Public Schools allows limited meal charges for students.  As federal funds are intended to subsidize student meals, they may not be used to subsidize meals for adults (teachers, staff, and visitors).  Adults will not be allowed to charge meals and shall pay for such meals at the time of service.

The District strongly discourages meal charges, but understands that an occasional emergency makes it necessary.  The District policy for charged meals is as follows:

  • All Grade levels K-12:  will be allowed to charge three (3) reimbursable lunch meals only.
  1. These meals will be reimbursable meals. No a la carte items are to be charged. The School Food Service will inform students when they have begun charging.
  2. After the 3rd charge, the parents will get a letter from the food services department sent home with the student unless otherwise mailed to the parent or guardian.
  3. From this point on, until the balance is paid in full, the student will be provided an alternate reimbursable complete meal consisting of a cheese sandwich, milk, fruit and vegetable that meets the meal pattern requirements.
  4. Letters from both the Food Service department and/or the school will continue to be sent home regarding these balances until they are paid in full.

This procedure shall be updated and available at the beginning of each school year with information distributed regarding free and reduced price meals.  This notice is available upon request and may be included in letters sent home from the Food Services Management office.

Student Well-Being

Student Well-Being by Sodexo LogoStudent Well-Being is a state of health and success nurtured through an awareness of choices in Nutrition, Achievement, Environment, Community and Activity. All of our programs, services and strategic industry partnerships focus on these five key areas. Student Well-Being is our positioning statement. It drives our actions, differentiates us in the marketplace and defines how we make every day a better day for the students, clients and communities we serve

Understanding Connecticut Healthy Food Certification

Quality of Life Video

Quality of Life Video with portion with Mr. Ed Orszulak, Ph.D. principal of Norris School

Portion of video with Mr. Ed Orszulak, Ed.D. principal of Norris School.

Farm to School Activities

Food Services and Food Corps have teamed up to provide fun nutritious and educational activities throughout the school district.

Students eating fresh made harvest vegetable soup


Out Local On Your Tray Day event at the

Goodwin Elementary School

featuring a fresh made Harvest

Vegetable soup with fresh kale

Students making dinner on Cook Mondays at Mayberry School

Students from at Mayberry School

making dinner with their families at our Kids

Cook Mondays! Dinner program where

students are able to create recipes with their

families and have dinner.

Mayberry School Healthy School Committee building garden

Building the Garden that is flourishing for the

school and community of Mayberry Village.

Mayberry Garden in full bloom summer 2017



Mayberry's garden in full bloom

Summer of 2017

Students planting the garden at Mayberry School



Students planting the garden at

Mayberry School



Summer Zucchini tasting at a Summer Meals Program site





Summer Zucchini tasting days at

Summer Meals program sites.

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