Food Services

Leanne Ranheim
District Nutrition Program Coordinator/Cafeteria Manager
215 Halls Hill Road
(860)537-9421 x 381
Email: lranheim@colchesterct.org

Colchester Public Schools offer free breakfast and lunch to all students and to all children 18 years of age and younger (includes: entrée, fruit, veggie and milk) through to the last day of school in June 2021.  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.  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 lranheim@colchesterct.org.

  • GRAB-N-GO MEALS UPDATE: Beginning April 1, 2021, Grab-N-Go Meals pick up will be at Bacon Academy in front of the Auditorium doors.  Pick up days will be Mondays and Thursdays only, and pick up time will be 10:00AM to 10:30AM.

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

Free and Reduced Meal Prices Information for 2020-2021

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:

terese.maineri@ct.gov
860-807-2145
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

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.

Other Programs/Initiatives

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

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.