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Food Services

Leanne Ranheim 
District Nutrition Program Coordinator/Cafeteria Manager
215 Halls Hill Road
(860)537-9421 x 381

Colchester Public Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all students and to all children 18 years of age and younger (includes: entrée, fruit, veggie and milk).  This will be in effect until December 31, 2020.  For those interested in GRAB-N-GO MEALS - pick up is at William J. Johnston Middle School:  In School Learning Days: 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Distance Learning Days: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  It is still important, however, to fill out a free/reduced-price meal application to be sure students are coded appropriately for free/reduced-price meals for when accounting of meals gets back to regular status (free, reduced-priced or full-pay). Please note that Grab-N-Go meals will not be available during the Winter Recess, from December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Also, Grab-N-Go meals will not be available on days when students do not come to school because of inclement weather. Any questions can be directed to Leanne Ranheim, Nutrition Coordinator, at 860-537-9421 ext 381 or at   

Update: Colchester Meal Service Currently, all CPS students and children 18 years of age and younger can receive free breakfast and lunch. This will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. The CPS meals program has reimbursed those students who paid for breakfast and lunch on Sept. 8, 9, 10, 11, and 14. The cost of each meal purchased was credited back to your student’s account. You have two options: (1) you can leave the account credit for use after January 2, 2021, or (2) you can be reimbursed. If you would like to be reimbursed, please contact Leanne Ranheim at 860-537-9421 ext. 381 or email her at

Colchester Public Schools Lunch Program meets all state requirements for healthy and well-balanced meals.  In addition, Colchester participates in the Healthy Snacks Program sponsored by the State of Connecticut.  Our page on Health and Wellness for Children provides a great deal of information.

COVID-19 Information: For information and correspondence visit the following link: 

Free and Reduced-price School Meal Prices and FAQs 2020-2021
Income Guidelines to Determine Eligibility
Application for Free and Reduced-price School Meals
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Free and Reduced Meal Prices Information for 2020-2021:  Click here for CT Government website.

How can I know if I am eligible for traditional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits?

SNAP eligibility is based on household income. In Connecticut, a household may be eligible if their income is less than 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, the same income threshold that is used to qualify for the Summer Meals on the Move program. The added benefit to a household receiving SNAP benefits is that the children are “directly certified,” or automatically eligible, for free school meals without having to fill out the Free/Reduced-price School Meal Application. To see if your household qualifies for SNAP benefits year-round, call 1-866-974-7627 or visit the SNAP prescreen websites at ConneCT or CTSnap.

State Department of Education Contact:
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Child Nutrition Programs
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
Hartford, CT 06103

Summer Meals

The below information is from the State of CT Government website link:

Where can I receive information about summer feeding sites in my community?

The SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program.  Children 18 years and younger may receive free meals and snacks through the SFSP.  At most sites, children receive either one or two reimbursable meals each day.  There may be summer meal sites in your area that are available to your children.  To find a site use the Summer Meals Location Finder or call 1-866-974-SNAP or 1-866-974-7627.

For information about the district Wellness Initiative, ideas for school snacks, fundraising, and other programs, please visit the links below.


Healthy Snacks               

Fundraising Options     


Healthy Celebrations


Wellness Policy and Regulations


Parents who would like further information on the school lunch program or who have any questions regarding school lunches may contact the school cafeteria manager.


District Calendar

    • MonDec07 Personnel Committee 5:30 PMBOE conference room
    • TueDec08 BOE Meeting *Virtual 6:00 PM

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