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our mission
Our Mission

TheFairfield Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department is committed to providing a variety of appealing and nutritious foods in an environment that is respectful of each student’s needs and differences. Foodservice employees will provide all students the opportunity to reach their maximum learning potential through healthy food choices.

school meals
School Meals

Students are offered healthy, tasteful and appealing choices:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables – CT grown when seasons allow.
  • Whole grains – brown rice, wheat bagels, wheat hot dog and hamburger rolls, wheat dinner rolls and breadsticks, whole grain reduced fat cookies.
  • Reduced or zero trans fats.
  • Pizza with whole grain crust, low-fat cheese.
  • Whole grain pasta.
  • Baked items rather than fried.
  • Low fat salad dressings.
  • Milk – low fat white, low fat chocolate, non-fat.
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School Meals

Lunches that are part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) must meet nutrition guidelines including:

  • Limiting fat and saturated fat in meals.
  • Providing one-third of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C.
  • Providing the right balance of protein, dairy, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
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School Meals

Vegetarianism is becoming popular. We cannot offer menus that meet all the different kinds of vegetarianism; however, we offer the following daily vegetarian options:

  • Chef Salad with mixed cheeses, fruit salad, choice of two different vegetables and/or fruit and milk.
  • Yogurt lunch: Low-fat yogurt, low-fat string cheese, cereal bowl or wheat bagel, vegetable, fruit and low-fat milk.
  • Offer vs. Serve allows students to refuse meat entrée and request additional vegetables, fruits and bread items.
traditional school lunch
Traditional School Lunch


  • Protein
  • Bread/grain
  • Fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Milk


  • $2.10 Elementary School
  • $2.15 Middle School
  • $2.20 High School
elementary school selections
Elementary School Selections

Students can select from four meal choices daily:

1. Traditional lunch

2. Alternate lunch

3. Chef Salad

4. Yogurt plate*

*Note: The yogurt plate includes low-fat yogurt, low-fat string cheese, cereal bowl or wheat bagel, vegetables, fruit

and low-fat milk.

secondary school selections
Secondary School Selections

Students can select from three lunch lines daily:

  • Traditional lunch meal for $2.15 at the middle schools and $2.20 at the high schools.
  • Deluxe Meal – students can build their own meals selecting from a variety of entrees, fruits, vegetables and milk for $3.50.
  • Deli Bar - selections include lower sodium ham, ovengold turkey breast, deluxe roast beef, buffalo chicken, lacey Swiss cheese and low-fat, reduced sodium American cheese. Sandwiches are served on a choice of a hard roll, rye, wheat, pumpernickel, marble or assorted wraps. Many of these items are certified by the American Heart Association.

A la carte selections such as salads, soups, bagels, snacks and beverages are available daily. Priced separately.

healthy vending machines
Healthy Vending Machines

Healthy Vending Machines were added to the cafeterias at Ludlowe High and Warde High. These refrigerated machines are stocked daily with healthy food, beverages and State of Connecticut approved snacks. Students can make nutritious food choices on their own. The benefits of these machines are:

  • Expand serving hours for those students who do not have a lunch period
  • Expand serving hours for those students who are at school after school hours
  • Students can use cash or use their pre-paid lunch account for purchases
  • Reimbursable meals can be dispensed from the vending machine as well as a la carte selections
  • Machines are configured to automatically stop dispensing food if the temperature rises to an unsafe level
lunch payment system
Lunch Payment System

The Fairfield Public Schools uses a point of sale computer system

called Horizon Software International.

  • Parents can pre-pay for meals at the school by sending in either cash or check to the school’s cafeteria manager. (There is no fee for this payment option.)
  • Parents also have the option to pre-pay for meals on-line through Mealpayplus.com using a credit/debit card or checking account. (Convenience fees apply when paying through Mealpayplus.)
  • Parents can use the features of the Mealpayplus website at no cost. This includes checking your child’s lunch account balance, receiving low balance notifications and monitoring lunch purchases.
  • Parents will need their child’s student identification number to set up an account on Mealpayplus.com. Contact the food services department to receive your child’s student identification number.

Thank you for visiting our website.

Please be sure to check back periodically for updates and more information.

Enjoy your lunch with the Fairfield Public Schools!

Manager of Food & Nutrition Services