Food & Nutrition Services (Champ's Café)
Champ's Café is a positive, welcoming place where Charlotte County Public Schools students and staff refuel for their day of teaching and learning. The 20 Champ's Café school restaurants are part of an innovative concept combining fun and healthy food choices with great 5-Star Quality customer service. Visit the Champ's Café Website!
Champ's Café uses a computerized system for taking meal payments. Each customer is given a unique keypad number or PIN (Personal Identification Number). Pre-payments are accepted before school and at meal service time. When making pre-payments for more than one student account please indicate the amount to be deposited in each student's account. Champ's Cafe accepts cash, checks made payable to Champ's Cafe noting keypad number and student name on the check and/use a debit or credit card and pay online at PayPAMS.com. There is a $1.95 per family convenience through PayPAMS. Parents and students can track their account balance with Champ's cafe for free at PayPams.com (click on the link below) or under Champ's Cafe tab in FOCUS.
Customers can prepay for meals and ala carte items for a week, a month or more. Payment for meals should be made prior to or at the time of meal service. If a customer does not have money for their meal, they should see the manager. Meals must be paid back the very next operating day. The Champ's Café budget pays for all salaries and benefits, uniforms, food and supplies, equipment replacement, electricity, gas, water, waste and its share of business services provided by the district, such as human resources, payroll, finance and maintenance from revenues generated.
Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Applications for school meal benefits for Charlotte High School and Lemon Bay High School are distributed to all students at the beginning of the school year and at the time of new-student registration throughout the school year. Eligibility is carried over from the previous year for the first few days of school, but a new family application is required each school year. Families are encouraged to submit a new application at any time when income or the number of household members change.
Free Breakfast & Free Lunch
Currently, 18 of our 20 schools have qualified for CEP, (Community Eligibility Program) is a federally funded program that allows schools to serve breakfast and lunch meals to all students for free. The qualifying factor is the percentage of directly certified students of the total of enrolled students in that school. Directly certified means these students already qualify for a federal assistance program, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid or Head Start. the following schools that have qualified are Sallie Jones, Peace River, Charlotte Harbor, Baker Center, East, Neil Armstrong, Punta Gorda Middle, Port Charlotte Middle, Meadow Park, Port Charlotte High, Academy, L.A. Ainger, Vineland, Liberty, Murdock Middle, Myakka River, Deep Creek, and Kingsway.
Breakfast is offered every day at all Champ's Café Restaurants one-half hour before the school day begins. Customers may select a breakfast foods such as fortified cereal, muffin, ham and cheese bagel sandwich, scrambled eggs, and sausage, French toast sticks, or fresh-baked cinnamon roll. Please see the online or printed menu for day-to-day menu offerings for the various age groups at our schools.
A State of Minnesota Breakfast Study (1997) found that students who ate breakfast had a general increase in math grades and reading scores, increased student attention, reduced nurse visits, and improved student behaviors. Young adults who said they ate breakfast every day were almost half as likely to be obese as those who ate breakfast twice a week or less.
How to be Hired
Champ's Café is always looking for substitutes! Moms and Dads love our schedule, which allows them to get the kids off to school in the morning and greet them after school is dismissed in the afternoon.
Partners and Supporters
Serving nutritious meals is a team effort! This team includes: Paraprofessionals, Custodians, Maintenance, Sites and Grounds, Purchasing, Print Shop, Special Projects Center, Information & Communication Systems, Finance, Payroll, Human Resources, School Staff, Teachers, School Leaders, School Board and Community Members, Legislators, Parents and Guardians.
Updated Wellness Policy
Due to rising rates of obesity in the United States, the federal government mandated that every school district develop and implement its own wellness policy. We surveyed parents, staff, community members, and students and have implemented a new wellness policy. Please take a moment to view our wellness policy information and find some other health-promoting materials.
- View our Wellness Policy
- View our Student Wellness Program
Champ's Café is a state and federally funded program regulated by U.S. Department of Agriculture. Champ's Café follows the policies of Florida Dept. of Education and the Charlotte County Public Schools. The Director of Champ's Café, Terri Whitacre, can be contacted at 941-575-5400.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
To File a Program Complaint:
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF),
found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html,
or at any USDA office,
or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.
You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at:
U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Director, Office of Adjudication,
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410,
by fax (202) 690-7442
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org