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Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Madison Public School District is committed to offering a choice of healthy, nutritious, wholesome meals each school day. Children may buy lunch for $3.00 at the Elementary schools; starting from $3.25 at Brown Middle School and starting from $3.50 at Polson Middle School and Daniel Hand High School. Students at Daniel Hand High School may also purchase breakfast starting from $2.50. Children who qualify may be eligible to receive lunch for free or at a reduced price of $.40. High School Students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches, are also eligible for free or reduced price breakfast. The reduced price for breakfast is $0.30. If a child has a disability as determined by a physician, and the disability prevents the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make substitutions prescribed by the physician. If a substitution is required, there will be no extra charge for the meal. Please call the food service manager for further information at (203) 245-6371.

Meal Prices

Elementary Schools$3.00
Brown Middle School$3.25
Polson Middle School &
Daniel Hand High School
Reduced Price Meals$0.40


This fall, all school cafeterias are required to meet new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch!

School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in School Year 2012-2013, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits by grade groups
  • Specific amounts of whole grains and proteins (meat and meat alternatives)
  • Increased offerings of nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • Less sodium
  • Reduction of saturated fats and the elimination of trans fats

Chartwells District Website

A customized website has been created for your district. Here you can access important contacts, monthly menus, relevant nutrition resources, promotions, pre-payment information, and more.

Online Pre-payment: Convenient, secure, and helps to reduce long lunch lines.

The current online prepayment option My Payments Plus a great way to deposit money into your child’s school meal account. Not only can you view your child’s balance, but may also print out a copy of your child’s eating history. While we continues to accept cash and check payments, having “money on account” helps to reduce the chance of negative debt and long meal lines, since scanning a card or inputting a PIN is a quicker, more efficient process. (We’ve found this particularly evident with our youngest customers who often have difficulty handling multiple tasks while in line.) Long lines also reduce the amount of time one has to eat, so please consider this option, allowing us to focus on feeding nutritious meals to more students!

Elementary Meal Programs:

For the elementary students, we will continue to follow an adventure of fun and nutrition education with the help of Theodore Eat, Sydney Learn and Ava Live – our nutrition characters who encourage students to eat healthy and be physically active. Watch for these characters on menus and signs throughout the cafeterias - they are our nutrition ambassadors! Be sure to check menus and our website for special promotions.

Middle and High School Meal Programs:

Older students have a more sophisticated pallet, so we’ve planned appropriate enhancements to meet their needs. Along with at least six main entrée selections daily, we strongly urge students to complete their meal with fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk.

Simply Good

This year’s new Simply Good program consists of five individual campaigns throughout the school year to build excitement in the cafeteria for elementary, middle and high school students throughout the school year. These events will educate your elementary, middle or high school student(s) about the importance of eating healthful and balanced meals.

Individual campaigns planned throughout the school year:

  • Simply Good Fresh & Local – September / October
  • Simply Good Food – November / December
  • Simply Good Meals – January / February
  • Simply Good Nutrition – March
  • Simply Good Flexitarian – April / May

Watch for additional details about these events on our website. There is also a public accessible site for this campaign at Simply Good Food. We hope that you are able to stay in touch with us and to contribute your thoughts on our blog.

Other Information:

To learn more about Chartwells, visit our website at We‘re excited about our partnership with Madison Public Schools and hope to provide a great program while becoming part of your community.

To find out more about the facts about school meals visit

Please feel free to contact my office at 203-245-6371.


Joseph Barraco
Chartwells School Dining Services

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Madison Public Schools is in need of and accepting applications for Food Service Substitutes. If interested, please complete the application in the Human Resources section of the website. If you have any questions please contact Joe Barraco, Director of Food Services, at (203) 245-6371.

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