NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect until at least April 20, 2020.
Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

Healthy Food Certification (HFC)

Eligibility

To comply with Section 10-215f of the Connecticut General Statutes, all public school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) must submit the online HFC Statement (ED-099 Addendum) to the CSDE by July 1 of each year. The annual HFC Statement indicates whether each public school district will or will not comply with the Connecticut Nutrition Standards (CNS) for all foods sold to students separately from reimbursable meals. If the district will comply with the CNS, the annual HFC Statement also indicates whether the district will or will not allow exemptions for foods that comply with the three exemption criteria.For more information on exemptions, see the CSDE's handout, Exemptions for Foods and Beverages in Public Schools.

Public schools include all public school districts, the Connecticut Technical High School System, charter schools, interdistrict magnet schools, and endowed academies. Private schools and residential child care institutions (RCCIs) are not eligible for HFC.

For information on the HFC application process, go to the "Apply" section in the left navigation bar.