Hatfield Public Schools Food Services

October 14, 2021


Dear Families, 

The Hatfield Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and department labor shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items we’ve been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems, due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow. 

All of this means that we may need to make quick substitutions to our menu(s) based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students, and we are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes when possible as soon as we identify an issue.


Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for your children. We love seeing them every day and appreciate your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free lunch will continue throughout the school year, so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you!  




Christopher Buckland-  Principal


John Halpin- Food Service Director





August 18, 2021


Dear Smith Academy and Hatfield Elementary School Families,


I would like to start by introducing myself. My name is John Halpin and I am the new Food Service Director at Hatfield Public Schools.It is a pleasure for me to be part of such a great school system in Hatfield Massachusetts.


My experience has been in the Restaurant industry for many years and I recently moved to school nutrition. Our goal is to provide quality food for each and every student.


As you may know, the food program here is basically starting over and I am happy to be part of the transition as we begin the new school year. I am currently in my third week here and I am learning a lot about food nutrition and how the school kitchens operate. My first goal is to hire staff in this difficult labor market. I am asking for patience as we move through this process of “starting over”.


A few notes as we begin the school year. We will not be serving breakfast or any snack to begin the year. We will be serving lunch only until we are able to transition into the school year. Please have the students plan accordingly.


We are asking that all students/parents fill out the “Lunch Selection” each week on the Hatfield Public School site by Thursday prior to the upcoming week in order to have the correct counts for each day of the school week. Please make sure this is done by Thursday of the previous week.


I thank you for your cooperation in advance as we look to start a great school year. Please reach out to me with any questions you may have.




John Halpin

Food Service Director

Hatfield Schools



Information about Free and Reduced Lunch: 2021/2



Hatfield Elementary

Smith Academy