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Dining Services

Food Kids Love to Eat ... Serving Up Happy & Healthy

Chartwells Dining Services, the University of Pittsburgh’s new dining service provider, produces the dining program for the Falk School Cafeteria. Great food begins with the best ingredients. Our culinary and nutrition teams are devoted to using the freshest, nutritious, minimally processed and locally sourced ingredients available. Healthy choices are happy choices, and our menus offer both.

The on-site team is led by Carrie Hoeltzel who comes to Falk with a solid background in food service. Ms. Hoeltzel helps align meal choices focused on healthy and creative menus, complementing Falk School’s philosophy, which emphasizes wellness, sustainability, and a diverse variety of offerings.

Fun and Engaging Programs

A sense of adventure and discovery will be ignited as students participate in our innovative programs. They'll learn about making healthy choices, where their food comes from and that food can be both nutritious and delicious. Our hands-on approach to learning educates through experience. That's the foundation for how we build customized programs that deliver results. We marry the specific needs of each student body with the best practices we've gained from serving schools across the country and insights gathered from constantly evaluating trends and research.

Food Allergy Awareness

Food allergies are taken very seriously at Falk. Due to their dynamic nature, our classrooms are "Nut-Free Zones". Parents should select only nut-free snacks or treats for consumption in classrooms. Nuts of all varieties are restricted to being eaten only in the school café during lunch. Students with any type of peanut or tree nut allergy are seated at an “allergen-free” table during lunch so that cross contamination does not occur. Tables and eating spaces in the cafeteria where nuts may have been consumed are carefully monitored and thoroughly sanitized afterwards. Falk’s teachers and cafeteria staff are vigilant and attentive to all children’s safety.


We are proud of the food we provide to students and adults working within the building. Our success is due to a strong working relationship with Chartwells and their dedicated group of dining service staff. This partnership has resulted in more options, healthier choices, and a “greener” dining experience that makes use of more locally grown produce.

Each day, Falk students, faculty & staff select from hot entrees, deli style entrees, a salad bar entree, yogurts, cereals, and the good old PB & J sandwich.  Full lunch options or a´ la carte items are offered daily. In addition, our Falk Fresh Fruit program offers parent volunteers the opportunity to promote healthy eating and social interaction. Learn more about the Falk Fresh Fruit Program.

The cost of a full lunch for all grades is $6.50.  A la carte sandwiches cost $5.00, a la carte entrees cost $5.00, side dishes cost $2.00, and soups cost $2.00. View today's menu.


Snack is an optional service we provide for primary and intermediate students at a cost of $30.00 per month. The snack option is not available to middle school students. Middle school students as well as students not purchasing the school option are welcome to bring a nut-free snack from home.

Each day, children can choose from 3 snack options and 6 beverage options: