The Nutrition Services Department
150 members of the nutrition services team include office support staff, child nutrition managers, child nutrition professionals and warehouse delivery personnel who plan, produce, deliver and serve over 12,000 meals per day.
- To provide a nutritionally balanced, well-prepared meal at a low cost.
- To meet the requirements established by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1946 under the School Lunch Act.
- To foster good eating habits in students through positive eating experiences with nutritious food.
- To teach the child to assume responsibility of his or her own food needs and their nutritional requirements.
- To provide a nutrition education approach that helps the student understand that food is basic to growth, development, and well-being.
- To provide high quality nutrition in the meals served and avoid the temptation for too many empty calorie foods.
The Nutrition Services Department is nationally recognized as an award-winning program exemplifying the highest standards in providing school meals, and has received the United States Department of Agriculture’s Best Practices Award regionally for Excellence in Administering the National School Lunch Program. The Department is also the regionally recognized leader in successfully implementing the largest after school snack program in the Mountain Plains Region. In 2006, the Department received the highest achievement in the Child Nutrition field. The District of Excellence Award which is given to only the top 1000 nutrition programs across the nation.