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Department of School Nutrition

The Department of School Nutrition supports academic achievement by providing students with high quality, nutritious meals, with an emphasis on exceptional customer service and financial responsibility.

School Nutrition Programs/Menus:

  • Breakfast in the Cafeteria
  • Breakfast in the Classroom
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Head Start Meals
  • After-School Snacks
  • Summer Meals

Community Eligibility Provision

The community eligibility provision allows schools with high numbers of low-income children to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students without collecting school-meal-benefit applications. This option increases participation in school-meal programs, which in turn boosts academic performance because well-fed students are better prepared to learn.

Benefits of Community Eligibility

  • Ensures that all students can receive healthful school meals, regardless of income.
  • Minimizes the time students spend in line and maximizes the time they spend eating.
  • Reduces paperwork.
  • Establishes a pre-payment option for a la carte, second (student) and adult meals.

Meal Counts

During the 2016-17 school year, the department served a total of:

  • 9.8 million lunches
  • 6.6 million breakfasts
  • 0.6 million dinners
  • 0.5 after-school snacks


Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

The department of school nutrition menus comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and meet all United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal-pattern requirements.  As such, schools serve low-fat or fat-free dairy products, lean meats/meat alternatives, more fresh fruits, fresh veggies and a variety of tasty dry beans and peas (legumes).  Moreover, bakery items contain 51% or more whole grains.

Locally Sourced, Sustainable Food Supply

The department continues to strive to provide locally sourced/sustainable foods from food/beverages grown and/or produced within a 200- to 250-mile radius around Milwaukee.   The department is working to expand farm-to-school options for students and staff.   Across the country, an increasing number of schools and districts are sourcing more foods locally and providing complementary educational activities to students that emphasize food, farming and nutrition. This nationwide trend to enrich children’s bodies and minds while supporting local economies is often referred to as the “farm-to-school movement.” The term encompasses efforts that bring local or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias; hands-on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits and culinary classes; and the integration of food-related education into the regular, standards-based classroom curriculum. The USDA supports such efforts through its Farm-to-School program, which includes research, training, technical assistance and grants.   For more information, visit the Farm-to-School website.  

Come to the Table

Parents, grandparents and guardians are welcome to participate in school-meal programs by joining children at breakfast and/or lunch.  All visitors - including siblings not yet enrolled in school - must pay the cost of an adult-meal, which is $3.75 plus 40 cents for milk.  Call your child’s school for meal times and plan a school breakfast or lunch date with your child.

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