The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides funding for school meals through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast program. To receive funding, schools must serve meals meeting Federal requirements which include meal pattern, nutrient content and portion size. This is called a reimbursable meal.
What are the Goals of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program?
- Safeguard the health and wellbeing of the nations children
- Encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural foods
- Give children an understanding of the relationship between proper eating habits and good health.
What Makes a Reimbursable Breakfast?
A reimbursable breakfast must have a minimum of 3 items and one item must be a 1/2 cup of fruit or fruit juice.
At least 4 food items are offered from 3 food components. Required components include:
What Makes a Reimbursable Lunch?
A reimbursable lunch must have 3 full components with one of those being a 1/2 cup of fruit OR vegetable.
5 Food Components are offered:
- Meat/Meat alternative
Click Here for A Guide to School Meals which gives examples of reimbursable meals.
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How-To Food Service Videos
Have you ever wondered how to get a breakfast or lunch in Shawnee Mission schools? Click the How-To videos below to see how Lunch Lady Laura gets a meal in elementary school. These videos were made possible through a Real World Client-Connected Project. Students from SM West High School worked with the Food Service team to produce these how-to videos.
Monitor student meal accounts by visiting SchoolCafé. You’ll need to set up username and password (Instructions English / Spanish). There are multiple benefits to this new software including the ability to:
- Apply for meal benefits (free and reduced) - instructions English / Spanish
- Check status of meal benefits application and view/print meal benefit notifications
- View Menus with nutrient and allergen information
- View your child's account balance anytime.
- See exactly what a la carte items are being purchased.
- Set limits on a la carte purchases.
E funds can be used to add money to your student's meal account for meals and a la carte purchases.
In eFunds, select Optional Fees in order to add money to student meal accounts.
Studies show that children who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
- Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
- Score higher on standardized tests
- Have better concentration and memory
- Be more alert and maintain a healthy weight