food & nutrition services

department description

The Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Department provides CPS students with high quality meals using local and wholesome ingredients so they are well nourished and ready to learn. Each school year, the FNS’s 13 kitchens serve more than 900,000 breakfasts and lunches to students.

Revenue and expenses for the Food and Nutrition Department are accounted for in the Food Services Revolving Fund. Revenues to the program consist of receipts from federal and state reimbursements for reimbursable meals which meet the guidelines of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program and other entitlement programs. In FY 2024, receipts from federal and state sources will fund approximately 50% of the department’s expenses. The remaining costs are funded by a subsidy budgeted in the general fund budget each year. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, all CPS students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. From March 2020 through June 30, 2022, the federal program waived the eligibility requirements for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program reimbursed all student meals. In FY 2023, federal eligibility guidelines resumed, and the State of Massachusetts reimbursed student meals not eligible for federal reimbursement. We anticipate that the State will continue to provide this reimbursement in FY 2024.

Strategic Goals

  • Support meal access for all students while maintaining safe dining protocols.


staffing summary