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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!

Janet Calabro is the Food Service Director for Middletown Public Schools. She brings 20 years of experience as a public school food service professional to our meal programs. Janet is a CT resident; completing her early education in Newington Public Schools and a graduate of the University of New Haven; holding a B.S. in Food Service Management.  She has a passion for feeding children and enjoys interacting with students and their families to ensure a hospitable experience in our school cafeterias.

For specific questions related to nutritional concerns for your child, please email calabroj@mpsct.org