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The School Nutrition Services Department of Chesapeake Public Schools provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 16,500 students and breakfasts to more than 7,500 students each school day through the United States Department of Agricultures National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs. In 1998, Congress expanded the National School Lunch Program to include assistance for snacks served to children in after school educational and enrichment programs. Last school year, over 9,400 snacks to students participating in these after school programs.

School meals must meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the appropriate age group. School lunch provides approximately one-third of the daily nutrition needs for children and school breakfast provides approximately one-fourth. Regulations establish standards for fat, saturated fat, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories. Although meals must meet Federal nutrition requirements, school divisions make decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared.

The National School Lunch Act in 1946 created the modern school lunch program. Schools across this nation serve more than 25.4 million children each day. The federal laws regulating the school food service programs today are administered under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Virginia Department of Education. The program has the objective of improving the health of students by providing good, nutritious foods that students will enjoy eating at a price that all students can afford. Another goal is to encourage and promote nutrition education.

We encourage you to discover school meals and invite you to contact our departments key staff members with your comments or questions at 547-1470 or by e-mail.

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Contact Information
School Nutrition Services
1021 Great Bridge Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23320

757-547-0916 Fax

Director of School Nutrition Services
Joanne Kinsey
Email: joanne.kinsey@cpschools.com

Last modified: Tue October 28 2014 03:19:57 PM