Lunch Menus/Food Services

About Hamden Public School's Food Services

Research has demonstrated that people learn better when they are well nourished. With this in mind, all of our schools use Whitson's Food Services to make available healthy and tasty meals for our students. Please visit Whitson's Website for more information about their services.

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Lunch Menus (see below)


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Go to the website or download the app by clicking on the links below 

You will need your child's ID number to complete set up. If you don't know it, ask at the school office.

Meal Prices

Meal Prices (effective for the 2019-2020 school year):
Elementary         Full paid $1.15    Reduced  $0.30
Elementary        Full paid  $2.75   Reduced  $0.40
Adult Lunch:  $4.00

Breakfast Program

Elementary school students can get breakfast at school.  The cost is $1.15 daily ($5.75 per week) for grades K-6. The cost is $1.50 per week for all students who receive a reduced cost breakfast. Students receiving free lunch also get breakfast for free! 

Parents, this is very important. You MUST send in a note on the Thursday before the week stating that you would like your child to receive breakfast. Ask your school office for more information.

Free and Reduced Price Meals

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You might be surprised how easy it is to qualify your child for free or reduced-priced meals each day. Eligibility is based on family size and income. Click here to view the Press Release describing the program and eligibility requirements

To apply for free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs please complete an application and return to the main office in your student’s school (only complete one application per household). You can download the application (Download the application in English  or  Download the application in Spanishor pick up a copy at any of our schools.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETED EACH YEAR - EVEN IF YOU WERE PART OF THE PROGRAM PREVIOUSLY, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FOR 2019-2020. 

For further instructions to complete the school meals application and/or additional information about benefits available to you and your child(ren), view the Parent Meals Letter, Addendum B-Husky, Addendum B-Husky (Spanish),  Addendum C- SNAP, and Addendum C-SNAP (Spanish).  

Student Meal Accounts

Hamden has set up a system to make it easier for kids to purchase meals at school. This system allows parents to set up an account for their child and add money to the account as needed for student meals. Students simply enter their account code at the cafeteria register and are able to purchase meals without having to worry about having cash available.

The Simple Way to Pay For Students Meals

You can sign-up online or download the app at You will need your child's Student ID # to finalize the set up. 

Access MY SCHOOL BUCKS by going to the website
or downloading the application by clicking on the links below.



Lunch Charge Procedures

Lunch Charge Procedures
Meal Charging Procedures:

The Food Service Department utilizes a computerized POS (Point Of Sale) system to keep track of a student’s personal meal account. Students may purchases meals with the funds that have been deposited into their personal meal account.  Cash and checks are also accepted at the school offices and/or cafeteria cash registers. 

Elementary School Level: As a courtesy and convenience, the Food Service Department at Hamden Public Schools extends “credit" to elementary students purchasing lunch, with the understanding that there are “occasional moments” when lunch money is lost, forgotten or inadvertently overlooked. Please be aware that we rely on all lunch revenue to sustain the lunch program and to continue serving nutritious, appetizing meals. We ask that “charging privileges” be exercised as infrequently as possible and not used as a payment practice.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)


SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which offers nutrition assistance to eligible individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP helps individuals and families purchase food at participating supermarkets, groceries, and farmers markets. This federally funded program was created to help income-eligible recipients eat well and stay healthy. The program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture and the CT State Department of Social Services.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement for Child Nutrition Programs

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement for Child Nutrition Programs
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, 
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)  mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,1400 Independence Avenue, SW  Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)  fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)  email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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