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School Nutrition Programs

Food Services Three-Year Plan. This plan shapes a structure to improve the dining experience for students and staff, including customer service, nutritional quality and access to meals. This plan is directly aligned with the Middletown 2021: Keys to Innovation and Equity Operating Plan. The data from recent Food Service Parent Questionnaires has guided the direction of this plan and this most important feedback used to help set the goals for achieving a higher level of services for our students. For a full PDF version of this plan CLICK HERE.

All meals are planned and served in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) nutritional guidelines. These guidelines include daily offerings of five food component: Meat/Meat Alternate, Grains, Fruits, Vegetables and Milk.

Students are expected to select a minimum of three food components at each meal period, one of which must be a serving of fruit or vegetable. Weekly vegetable servings include five subgroups to ensure variety and proper nutrition: Dark Green, Red/Orange, Bean and Peas (Legumes), Starchy and Other.

Dietary specifications establish weekly limits on calories, saturated fat and sodium, and contain no trans-fat. Portion sizes are determined based on these dietary specifications for the appropriate age group.

To read more about these guidelines and the School Nutrition Programs please visit the Connecticut State Department of Education website HERE.

More about the Food Service Director

Middletown Public Schools Welcomes Mr. Randall Mel, Jr. New Food and Nutrition Manager leads with Students in Mind Middletown
Mr. Randall Mel, Jr. recently started with Middletown Public Schools as the school district’s Food and Nutrition Manager. Coming from Hamden Public Schools with a long list of accomplishments, Middletown Public Schools is delighted to welcome Mr. Mel. In 2019, Mr. Mel became Connecticut’s youngest School Food Service Director. Along with this achievement, Mr. Mel launched Hamden’s first Summer meals program under the Seamless Summer Option in 2019. During the height of the pandemic, Mr. Mel successfully transitioned Hamden Public Schools to the Summer Food Service Program. These are federally-funded, state-administered programs that play crucial roles in increasing food access to school-aged children.

Mr. Mel’s commitment to students’ access to fresh and nutritious foods is further underscored by his leadership in Hamden’s Food Insecurity Task Force along with starting and expanding Hamden’s first Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Lastly, he transitioned five Hamden Public Schools to the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) which provides free meals to all students in those schools. But wait! Mr. Mel’s efforts not only increase students’ access to fresh and nutritious foods, but also bring in revenue. In the 2020-2021 school year, under Mr. Mel’s leadership, Hamden saw its highest profitability to date, where the food service account ran a surplus of over $300,000!

Mr. Mel has already hit the ground running here in Middletown. He has his sights set on expanding the district’s Food and Nutrition Programs. Additionally, Mr. Mel hopes to assist the Hunger Task Force and Wellness Committees. Given Mr. Mel’s history of great accomplishments, Middletown Public Schools is grateful and excited to welcome him to the district. 

For specific questions related to nutritional concerns
for your child, please call Food Services at (860)704-4519 or email Randall Mel at