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 4-Star Quality customer service.
Champ's Café uses a computerized system for taking meal payments. Each customer is given a 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 in the same school, please indicate the amount to be deposited in each student's account. Make checks payable to Champ's Café noting PIN number and student name on the check.
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, equipment replacement, food and supplies from revenues generated.
Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Applications for school meal benefits 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 changes.
Breakfast is offered every day at all Champ's Café Restaurants one-half hour before the school day begins. Customers may select a breakfast such as fortified cereal and graham crackers, ham and cheese bagel sandwich, scrambled eggs and sausage, French toast and apple-sauce, or fresh-baked cinnamon roll. Please see the published menu for day-to-day menu offerings.
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.
Partners and Supporters
Serving nutritious meals is a team effort! This team includes: Teacher Aides, 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.
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.
In accordance with Federal law and U. S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.