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

Tel: 603-436-0443
Fax: 603-431-6753

Deborah Riso
School Nutrition Director

  • General Information
  • Wellness Policy
  • Nutrition Education
  • Associations
  • USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
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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.

May 23, 2016

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

Civil rights complaints are written or verbal allegations of discrimination within the USDA meals program based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. Any person claiming discrimination has a right to file a complaint within 180 days of the alleged discrimination.

Any civil rights complaint received at the individual school level must be forwarded through the SAU 52 office for investigation and disposition. If determined necessary, the SAU 52 office will forward the complaint to USDA via the State Agency.  The complaint will be reviewed by the director of food service and Human Resources Director, and if necessary the superintendent and finally, the school board.

USDA Program Discrimination Complaint forms are available at the SAU office, on the School Foodservice website, or at either:

https://www.ascr.usda.gov/sites/default/files/Complain_combined_6_8_12_508_0.pdf or


To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866)632-9992.

A complaint can be sent directly to:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider


May 23, 2016

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