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Dining Services

Good nutrition supports great learning. 
Packer’s goal is to provide its students with well-balanced meals that support growth and development. Daily lunch is included with tuition in 3rd through 12th Grade and a morning snack is provided to all. We offer hot entrées and side dishes daily, including vegetarian options. Our salad bar and deli bar with greens and raw vegetables, prepared salads, no-nitrate cold cuts, hard-boiled eggs, organic yogurt, fresh fruit, raisins, sun dried cranberries are favorites of the Packer community.
The kitchen staff uses healthy and locally sourced, farm-friendly produce whenever possible to support sustainable suppliers. With a variety of daily offerings that will satisfy most dietary needs, including rBST-free milk, cage-free eggs and gluten-free products, students have opportunities to create meals tailored to them. For students with food allergies, allergens are prominently labeled on our daily menu boards. 

Students in Preschool through 2nd Grade bring lunch from home but enjoy fresh and pre-packaged snacks delivered to their classrooms. While all students in 3rd through 12th grade receive lunch at no additional cost, they are of course permitted to bring food from home, and a refrigerator and microwave are available for their use. 

In Grades 7 through 12, students may also carry in meals from their favorite local spots (several are listed on our interactive Campus Map) to eat with friends back in the Commons and Student Center.

Lunch Menu

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Questions about Packer's dining services? Contact our Director of Dining Services, Rich Costas, at


Soup: Tomato Rice or Ditalini and Bean

Entree: Cheese Pizza, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil, Pink Cream Sauce, Mozzarella and Basil Oil

Gluten-free and vegan pizza available upon request

Side: Roasted Yellow Squash, Baby Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato

Sandwich: Chickpea Salad with Dill and Vegan Mayo on a Whole Wheat Bun with Alfalfa Sprouts

Soup: Tomato Rice or Cream of Mushroom

Entree: All Beef No Nitrate Hot Dogs (Beef Chili Sauce, Coney Island Onions and Sauerkraut) (Gluten-Free Buns Available)

Vegetarian Option: Vegan Grits with Soy Sausage Crumble, Peppers, Onions, Cherry Tomato Sauce and Shaved Parmesan Cheeses

Side: Roasted Mushrooms and Asparagus

Side: Baked Tater Tots

Salad: Elbow Macaroni Salad with Cheddar and Peas

Soup: Chef's Choice Soup of the Day

Entree: Falafel with Hummus, Feta, and Pita

Gluten Free Wraps Available Upon Request

Side: Roasted Cauliflower and Green Peas with Flat Leaf Parsley

Side: Mujaddara (Basmati Rice with Lentils and Caramelized Onions)

Salads: Baba Ghanoush / Tabouli Salad / Mediterranean Style Bean Salad

By the Numbers

Every week we receive deliveries of 1,800 eggs, 1,000 lbs of beef, chicken and pork combined, 100 gallons of milk, 75 lbs of coffee, and over 500 bananas!

Other Offerings

Daily Hours

7:30 to 9:15 am

9:50 to 10:30 am

11:25 to 1:15 pm

Afterschool Snack
2:30 to 3:30 pm

Did You Know?

Packer Collegiate Institute Atrium

Families can enjoy breakfast together in the Packer Commons daily from 7:30 to 9:15 am.

Our commitment to sustainability

Members of the Packer Community are asked to bring reusable water bottles to the Commons and to sort and recycle their refuse. On every Teacher Growth Tuesday, Packer’s Earth Club sponsors a cup-free day in the cafeteria. As part of the Department of Sanitation’s Organics Collection program, we send our food waste, and much of our lunchroom-container waste, for composting to McEnroe Farms in upstate New York.

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