Portsmouth School Nutrition Department 1 Junkins Avenue, Suite 402 Portsmouth, NH 03801 Tel: (603) 436-0443 Fax: (603) 431-6753
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Nutrition Department,
1 Junkins Avenue, Suite 402
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-6753 Fax

Deborah Riso
School Nutrition Director

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Elementary   $1.50 / $7.50

$2.50 / $12.50

Middle School $1.75/ $8.75   

$3.00 / $15.00

High School $1.75/ $8.75

$3.25/ $16.25


New Hampshire SAU data reveals that for every 100 students eating school lunch, an average of 22 students participate in school breakfast. Portsmouth offers free breakfast to everyone who qualifies for a free or reduced lunch.

New Hampshire ranks 50th nationally for student participation in the School Breakfast.
Expanding and strengthening these existing School Breakfast Programs offer measurable benefits to both students and SAUs.

Benefits of Breakfast

  • Eating breakfast can help improve math, reading, and standardized test scores.

  • Children who eat breakfast are more likely to behave better in school and get along with their peers than those who do not.

  • Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improves memory.

  • Children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not.

  • By eating breakfast, students get more of important nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, dietary fiber, folate and protein.

  • Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight.

  • Eating breakfast as a child is important for establishing healthy habits for later in life.

  • Schools that provide breakfast in the classroom to all students have shown decreases in tardiness and suspensions as well as improved student behavior and attentiveness.

  • What you eat for breakfast can have an impact on learning. One study showed that eating breakfast food high in fiber and low in sugar for breakfast helped students sustain the cognitive effects of breakfast.

  • School Breakfast provides daily servings of fruit, whole grains, and milk, plus roughly ΒΌ the recommended calories needed for lasting energy.


Portsmouth School Nutrition Department is affiliated with several organizations that each offer continued networking with colleagues, skill development tools for employees and professional certifications. In addition the Nutrition Department aligns themselves with several buying groups (NH buying group, NH farm to school and federal commodities) to maintain a competitive edge in purchasing power. For more information on the associations just click on the below links to navigate their sites.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis 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.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, 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 program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

August 2014

Portsmouth School Nutrition Department
1 Junkins Avenue, Suite 402
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Tel: (603) 436-0443
Fax: (603)431-6753

Deb Riso
School Nutrition Director
Tel: (603) 436-0443

Paula McCarthy
Little Harbour School
Tel: (603) 431-4831

Joanne Curtis
New Franklin School
Tel: (603) 436-8133


Michelle Parker
Portsmouth High School
Tel: (603) 431-4185

Paula Slattery
Dondero School
Tel: (603) 431-5065

Kirsten Stallkamp
Portsmouth Middle School
Tel: (603) 431-4835