Welcome to Nutritional Services
The new school year comes with changes to how students purchase or receive school meals—a change that might be confusing to families who are used to meals being available at no charge since March 2020.
District 742 Nutritional Services proudly prepares meals for our students and staff that are healthy and taste great. We serve meals that meet tough new federal standards, ensuring that meals are nutritious and well-balanced, while providing students with all the energy they need to succeed at school.
School meals include the following components: fruit, vegetable, protein, grain and milk.
Meals must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. School lunches will meet additional standards including:
- Age-appropriate calorie limits
- Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (student must take at least one serving of produce)
- A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
- Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
- More whole grains
- Sodium limits
We know that at times change can be hard. Some of the more apparent changes that students will see include a limit on the bread/grain items now served, stricter control on meat/meat alternate (protein) serving sizes and a wider variety of fruits and/or vegetable servings including unlimited fresh vegetable choices. With your support, we can be sure that children adopt the kind of healthful eating habits and lifestyles that will enable them to live longer, more productive lives.
Our goal is to offer food choices to students that taste good and are good for them. Menus are analyzed and designed to follow guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for calories, fat, protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. School lunches are to provide 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for healthy children. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines 2005, moderately active teens require a total of 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day for females, and 1,800 to 2,800 calories per day for males, with no more that 30% of the total calories coming from fat. It is important to note that calorie needs vary depending on the child’s age, size, and activity level.
Our menu provides a variety of choices that accommodate the wide range of students’ tastes, as well as gives students the opportunity to try and enjoy new foods. Lunches at the middle and high schools include a main entree, choice of fruit, vegetable, bread, and milk selection.
Menu items are subject to change at any time.
- Nutritional Services prepares approximately 2000 nutritious breakfasts daily and 7000 lunches each day.
- Farm to School Program provides seasonal local produce from area farmers.
- Four schools participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Program.
- We offer catering service, “The Creative Cart”. Check out what we offer!
- We serve a Grab N Go breakfast.
Our a` la carte option is available for students to purchase food items individually rather than as a complete meal. A` la carte is available at the secondary schools only. Students are charged separate prices for each a` la carte item. Student a` la carte use may be blocked at parent/guardian request by calling the Nutritional Services Office at (320) 370-8150.
Families can check their food account balance, date of last transaction and make secure online food account payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Skyward Family Access. Accounts are updated daily. View payment instructions or if you need to update your account information for making online payments, visit RevTrak and click on My Account.