School Nutrition

student at lunch table

A healthy child is a happy child, and that starts with the proper nutrition to get through the day. All schools participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Our lunches are required to meet specific nutritional guidelines according to different grade level groups (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12). For more detailed information about the federal regulations please visit the USDA National School Lunch Program homepage.

Our Mission

The Food Services Department aims to provide appealing and nutritionally balanced meals to the students, staff, and other patrons of the school community, while maintaining fiscal responsibility and contributing to the quality of the educational experience.

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All of our school menus can be accessed online. 

Free School Meals

All Hanover County Public Schools students will be able to get free breakfast and lunch through at least December 31. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced flexibility in September that allows for meals to be served to our students at no charge to start the year. Families can still add funds to their MySchoolBucks accounts for à la carte items.

View more information on Free and Reduced Meals.

Meals for Online School Students

Hanover County Public Schools is offering curbside grab-and-go breakfast and lunches for Online School families at no charge on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals can be picked up from the following locations:

- Battlefield Park Elementary School, 5501 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
- Beaverdam Elementary School, 15485 Beaverdam School Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015
- John M. Gandy Elementary School, 201 Archie Cannon Drive, Ashland, VA 23005
- Mechanicsville Elementary School, 7425 Mechanicsville Elementary Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
- South Anna Elementary School, 13122 Walton’s Tavern Road, Montpelier, VA 23192

If there is no school on a Monday, meals will be served the next day of school.

The meals provided will be the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

For more information about this program, please contact HCPS Food Services at (804) 365-4566.

students at lunch table

Online Payments & Account Management

Check your child's balance, view their purchases, and add money to your child's meal account using your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card through MySchoolBucks.

  • Please be sure to bring your meal account in the school cafeteria up to date by paying off all the charged meals before the end of the school year.

  • Positive and negative account balances will automatically carry over to the next school year as your child moves up a grade or to a new school.

Food Allergies & Disabilities

Hanover County Public Schools has a responsibility to serve well-balanced meals to all students. We will provide alternate foods for students with a disability (i.e., cerebral palsy, metabolic disorders, etc.), if requested. The food services department must receive written documentation from your child’s doctor. The doctor’s note should state the disability and/or allergy and what foods are appropriate. Diet order forms are available through our office.

A food intolerance or an allergy that does not cause anaphylaxis does not meet the definition of a disability. We are happy to work with you and your child to find alternative items on the menu whenever possible.

Children with a non-disabling milk allergy or lactose intolerance can ask the food service staff for a cup of water with their meal or request lactose-free milk by contacting the registered dietitian. No other beverage substitutions are allowed.

Please call our office at 365-4654 to receive a diet modification form or to speak with our Registered Dietitian about your questions or concerns.

Local School Wellness Policy

Hanover County strives to promote proper nutrition and physical activity to enhance overall wellness and academic success. Please view our wellness policy for more information.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Hanover County is an equal opportunity provider. Please view our non-discrimination policy for more information.

    Contact Us

    Central Food Services

    Cafeteria Managers

    School Manager Phone
    Atlee High
    Charlene Sanford


    Battlefield Park Elementary
    Margaret Whitehead
    Beaverdam Elementary
    Beth Parrish
    Chickahominy Middle
    Holly Burke
    Cold Harbor Elementary
    Linda Davis
    Cool Spring Elementary
    Kathleen Cummings
    Elmont Elementary
    Shirley Jernigan
    Hanover High
    Reggie Joyner
    Henry Clay Elementary
    Terry Dise
    John M. Gandy Elementary
    Michelle Meredith
    Kersey Creek Elementary
    Tonda Pasowicz
    Laurel Meadow Elementary
    Kathy Krodel
    Lee-Davis High
    Betty Banton
    Liberty Middle
    Donna Brooks
    Mechanicsville Elementary
    Shannon Pates
    Oak Knoll Middle
    Jill Winder 365-4759
    Patrick Henry High
    Sheila Agustin
    Pearson's Corner Elementary
    Crystal Sykes
    Pole Green Elementary
    Lisa McGinnis
    Rural Point Elementary
    Donna Johnson
    South Anna Elementary
    Angela Drumheller
    Stonewall Jackson Middle
    Joan Leber
    Washington-Henry Elementary
    Renee Jewell


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