Food Services


The Hoboken Public School District continues to offer a comprehensive breakfast and lunch program in all of its schools.  During the 2021-2022 School Year, the Hoboken Public Schools will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which allows the district to serve FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL Students!

Breakfast is available in all schools beginning at 7:30 am (for Preschool Breakfast hours, please contact your child’s provider).

In addition to breakfast and lunch, the district participates in the After School Snack Program (ASSP) at Hoboken Middle School, and Brandt, Connors and Wallace Elementary Schools. 

The Hoboken Public School District is pleased to announce that Chartwells has been named as the district’s new Food Service Provider.  Chartwells, part of the Compass Group, brings a long history of celebrated, high-quality menus, winning numerous nutrition awards, including Food Management’s 2020 Best Concept Award.

For additional information regarding Chartwells, please visit their website:

Did you know?

Compass Group PLC (Chartwells’ Parent Company) has been named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, a Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes, one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune and ranked #1 out of 50 by Food Management.


Students at Hoboken School District Can Look Forward to New Menus, Favorite Meals at No Cost and Engaging Cafeteria Programs This Fall


Chartwells K12 is Making Mealtime Happier and Healthier for Students in Hokoken


Hoboken, NJ – 9/92021 – As students at Hoboken School District head back to school for the 2021-2022 school year, families can check lunch off their list.  This year, Hoboken School District will be serving meals to students in all grade levels at no cost, allowing everyone to enjoy mealtime together, thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. By serving food kids love to eat, offering innovative programs that encourage fun and discovery, and creating a place where students can connect and recharge with others, the Chartwells K12 team at Hoboken is making sure students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than when they came in.


According to a recent study released by The Journal of the American Medical Association, “schools are now the single healthiest place Americans are eating.” The new school year presents the perfect opportunity for students to enjoy their favorite meals and try new foods. 


This year, it’s easier than ever for students to enjoy breakfast and lunch at school and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the cafeteria to eat together,” said Odir Pacheco, Directory of Food Services, Chartwells K12 at Hoboken School District. “Whether it’s new and favorite menu items or the opportunity to eat at no cost, our team can’t wait to serve up happy and healthy every day.”


Based on the flexibilities and waivers allowed by the USDA, no applications for free or reduced meals are required for the 2021-2022 school year, enabling students to eat for free.


Food Kids Love to Eat

Chartwells’ team of chefs and dietitians are bringing more variety to their menus featuring new recipes with kid approved foods.


Rush Hour: Introducing breakfast all day with Rush Hour! No longer exclusively for the early morning hours, the team is introducing breakfast all day with Rush Hour featuring traditional breakfast items for lunch – and even dinner.

  • Road Trip: As students have spent the last 18 months staying much closer to home, that doesn’t prevent their taste buds from exploring the country with a culinary Road Trip! The journey take kids through new cities, cultures and heritages – all through the power of food.




Programs that Encourage Fun and Discovery

Chartwells continues to inspire healthy eating habits and spark a culinary curiosity to last a lifetime through fun and engaging programs.

  • Discovery Kitchen: Designed to make nutrition education fun and entertaining, Chartwells chefs and dietitians have worked together to create curriculums that get kids cooking, trying new foods, and learning about what they’re eating. Each month has a different theme and activities will be adapted for the current meal programs. For example, October is “Seed to Table” and December is “Spice it Up”.
  • Mood Boost: This innovative program helps elementary and middle school students connect what they eat with how they feel. It features recipes and characters that focus on six moods: Smart, Happy, Confident, Alert, Strong and Calm.
  • Student Choice: Giving middle and high school students a voice in deciding what food concepts are featured and new menu items that will be available, Student Choice brings the latest food trends to school menus.


Inviting Environments & Happy Cafeterias

Students need a place to eat where they can connect with others, recharge, and enjoy a sense of happiness, especially following a year where kids weren’t always able to sit and enjoy a meal with their classmates.


Through sharing their passion for great tasting food, instilling a sense of food discovery, and most importantly, providing nourishing meals, Chartwells is excited to continue serving up happy and healthy in the year ahead.


About Chartwells K12

Chartwells K12's goal is to make sure students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than they came in, by serving food kids love to eat and creating custom dining programs. With more than 16,000 associates in 4,400 schools, ranging from large public institutions to small charter and private schools, Chartwells K12 is built on decades of food, education and operational experience driven by top culinary, nutrition, wellness, and sustainability talent. For more information, visit

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