Food Services

Welcome to the Food Services Website for North Haven Public Schools!

For those children and parents new to the cafeteria this year (and as a reminder for those returning) here are a few guidelines on how the cafeteria operates:

#1 - Costs

Milk:                  $0.60

Note: Lactaid milk is available for students with lactose intolerance.

Breakfast          $2.00 (Elementary)    $2.75 (Middle & High School)

                           Served Every Day in Every School                 

(This is our “meal” price, which includes the main entree, one 8-oz. milk and additional daily fruit.)

Lunch:              $2.75* (Elementary)  $3.65 (Middle & High School)

(This is our “meal” price, which includes the main entree, one 8-oz. milk and additional daily fruit and vegetable selections.)

Please note it is required by new USDA regulations that a “meal” must include a fruit or a vegetable.  If your child chooses not to take one of these options, we must charge them the A la Carte price of $3.00 for the entrée, plus $.60 for their milk. 

Please encourage your children to take a fruit or vegetable with their meal.

A la Carte Items:             Each day a snack is offered at an additional cost. 

Those items are:                                                         

Goldfish Crackers


Baked Chips/Snacks  


Scooby Treats     


Oreo Thin Crisps


Rice Krispy Treats      


Bottled Water (8 oz.) 


Apple or Orange Juice (4 oz.)**


Fresh Fruit Cup/Whole Fruit     


Fresh Vegetable Cup      










If you wish to restrict your child from buying a la carte snack items, please call Salvatore Rizzo, Director of Dining Services at 203-239-6415 to have a notation placed on your child’s account for our reference.

**Per new USDA Guidelines, juice is no longer included as part of the “meal” and must be purchased as an a la carte item.

#2 - Placing Money on Your Child’s School Lunch Account

There are two ways:

Go to www.mySchoolBucks.com and register a free account. Go to the "Parents" tab, then "School Nutrition/Lunch".

Under "Helpful Links" click on mySchoolBucks

  1. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide; click on the link included in the email message to activate your account.
  2. Activate your account and begin adding your students. You will need their school name and student ID or birthdate. You can also track your child’s purchases and manage his/her balance.
  3. Add funds to your students’ accounts with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, debit card, or electronic check. Please note there is a $2.50 flat transaction fee per transaction. Money deposited into lunch accounts can take up to 12 hours to post.


Your child can bring cash or a check to the cafeteria any morning, whereby we will apply the money to his/her account.

  1. Money must be brought to the cafeteria in the morning only. We cannot stop to enter money onto an account during lunch service.
  2. Money must be put into an envelope or ziplock bag and must be clearly labeled with the following information:
  • Child's first and last name
  • Teacher's name
  • Dollar amount enclosed (if cash)


These steps are imperative to ensure money does not get lost.

Notes will be sent home when your child is close to or has run out of money. Your child will be allowed to charge a total of three meals “of their choice”. On the event of the fourth charged meal and beyond you will be contacted directly.

Please do not allow your child’s account to reach this stage. We’ve had many unhappy students when their choices are taken away. We want their experiences in the cafeteria to be happy ones!

#3 - General Information

For all information concerning the Cafeteria Program, please review the Food Services section of the North Haven Public School website.  If you have any specific concerns such as food allergies, please contact either Salvatore Rizzo, Director of Dining Services at 203-239-6415.

Free & Reduced meal applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Free & Reduced Meal Application.

This program runs annually from October 18th to September 30TH. If your child was approved for free or reduced meals last school year, and you need assistance again this year, please complete a new application (in full) and submit it to:

North Haven Board of Education
C/O School Lunch Program
5 Linsley St
North Haven, Ct. 06473

If you have received a letter from the State of Connecticut indicating that your child is entitled to receive free meals, please forward a copy of this letter to the Board of Education at the above address.

Students approved for the program last year, who have not reapplied by October 9, 2015, for the current school year, will be required to pay the full $3.00 price for lunch per meal.

If you have questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to call Salvatore Rizzo at 203-239-6415.

Thank you, and we look forward to serving you in the Kid Stop Cafe.

Salvatore Rizzo
Food Service Director & Entire Cafeteria Staff

Other Information

Our mission is to serve nutritious, well-balanced meals that appeal to our students and school community and we are committed to providing the best food options and nutrition education for your child. To learn more about Chartwells, visit our website at www.eatlearnlive.com. We ‘re excited about our partnership with North Haven Public School District and hope to provide a great program while becoming part of the community.

Introducing NutriSlice

North Haven Public Schools in partnership with Chartwells K12, is now using NutriSlice to publish the school menus to a new interactive website and a free smartphone app! Now you can access your student’s menus anywhere, anytime!


Click here for more information.

Check out some local food pantries located close to North Haven Public School District that provides hot meals when the school district is closed. Below are addresses and phone numbers for your added convenience.

Local Soup Kitchens North Haven

Community Soup Kitchen 
84 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 624-4594

St Ann's Soup Kitchen
930 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 562-5700

The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
103 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 624-6426

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
311 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 772-3400