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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.  For those interested in grab-in-go - pick up is at William J Johnston Middle School;  Monday & Tuesday 12:30 - 1:00 pm, Wednesday 9:30 - 10:30 am and Thursday & Friday 12:30 - 1:00 pm.  This will be effective until the USDA runs out of funds or until December 31, 2020, whichever comes first.  It is important, however, to still fill out a free/reduced meal application if you need to and for students to be coded appropriately for free/reduced meals for when accounting of meals gets back to regular status.  

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

    • ThuOct08 Budget Committee Meeting 9:00 AMBOE Conference Room
    • TueOct13 BOE Meeting @ JJIS 7:00 PM

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