We provide approximately 30,000 nutritious meals every day to students and staff. We participate in the National School Lunch Program and the National Breakfast Program (at select sites). We also provide Nutrition Breaks in select elementary schools. Please check with your school to see if they participate.
School meals are important to your child because they help develop sound nutritional habits by exposing students to a variety of foods. We offer many food choices and provide healthful fruits and vegetables daily. In addition, the well-nourished student has better attendance, is more attentive, better behaved and has an increased energy level. All of these elements are tied to academic success.
School Meals are Safe
Food safety is our first and foremost concern. We have implemented a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Program throughout the District to reduce the chance of a food-borne illness event. Temperatures of all food products are monitored throughout production and service.
School Meals are Nutritious
School meals contain 30 percent or less of total calories from fat, less than 10% total calories from saturated fat, 35% sugar and contain at least one third of the RDAs for protein, Vitamins A and C, Iron, Calcium and calories.
School Meals are Balanced
Every day, students choose their meals from a variety of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Each school has a Harvest Bar which features a variety of fresh produce in season.
What You Need to Know About Free and Reduced Price Meals
The National School Lunch Program, as administered by Douglas County Schools Nutrition Services department, provides free and reduced priced meals for students who fall within the eligibility guidelines.
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires the use of one application per family. Free and reduced applications are available at the school office; return the completed form to the school or the District Nutrition Services office. If you have children in more than one school, complete and submit only one application
Eligibility is based on total gross household income. All household income is considered when determining eligibility, including child support, alimony, social security benefits, workers compensation, and net rental income. Any child eligible for free or reduced price lunch is also eligible for free breakfast in schools where breakfast is available. Reduced price lunch is $0.40.
Eligibility for self-employed businessmen or self-employed farmers is based on the net income.
A foster child is classified as a household of one and must have their own individual application. A foster child is defined as a child living within a household but remains the legal responsibility of the welfare agency or court. The amount the foster parent receives for the child’s personal use is considered when determining eligibility (not the foster parent’s income).
If you are eligible for benefits but have a change in your household income due to a reason such as unemployment, or if there is a change in your family size, please contact the Nutrition Services department and provide documentation of changes. This change may make your children eligible for free or reduced price meals.
Important: a new application must be completed at the beginning of each school year in order for meal benefits to continue.