About Nutrition Services
Nutrition Services supports student learning by providing nutritious, well-balanced meals according to federal, state and district regulations while maintaining a self-supporting program.
School meals are not only delicious and nutritious but are also a convenient, low-cost choice for our students. Nutrition Services uses input from student sampling, student focus groups and federal and state regulations to build menus meeting the needs of many.
Nutrition Services provides nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks to students from grades in Pre-K -12, as well as infants and toddlers in Child Development Care Centers. Nutrition Services operates every program under the USDA’s Child Nutrition umbrella – the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the After School Snack Program and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. At the onset of the 2017-18 school year, Nutrition Services also implemented the At-Risk After School Supper Program in 10 schools. Each USDA program operates under a different set of regulations and Nutrition Services is reimbursed at different rates.
The purpose of Nutrition Services is to support student learning by succeeding at child nutrition.
The vision of Nutrition Services is to meet customers’ needs by providing nutritious food that supports student health, wellness and learning, utilizing all resources effectively.
Nutrition Services plans, prepares and serves meals to students according to guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Production for all elementary schools, K-8 schools, and special schools and programs (64 sites) occurs at the Food Production Center, located at the School Service Center. The Central Warehouse orders and delivers to the 23 Comprehensive Secondary Schools, where meals are prepared on-site. Modified meals are provided to students with special dietary needs.
Nutrition Services is self-supporting and has an annual expenditure budget in excess of $28 million. Revenues are generated from Federal and State reimbursement (75%) and local revenue (25%) consisting of paid lunches, adult meals, catering and SSC Cafeteria revenue. Nutrition Service funds cannot be used for other District functions and General Fund monies are not used to supplement the Nutrition Service Fund.
- The Food Production Center was built in the mid-1970s to provide for approximately 13,000 lunches. At the time, there were no other USDA programs.
- Today, Nutrition Services serves approximately 32,000 lunches and 13,000 breakfasts daily to District students.
- With 88 sites, Nutrition Services is the largest “restaurant chain in Wichita and the 9th largest in Kansas
- The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is operated in 34 Elementary Schools.
- Nutrition Services provides meals to the District’s Child Development Centers (7), as well as snacks to 45 Pre-K sites
- The After School Snack and/or the At-Risk After School Supper Programs operate in more than 60 schools.
- Approximately 1,200 special diets are provided for children with food allergies and other special dietary needs, such as texture modifications.
- The Central Warehouse receives 12-15 semi-trailer truck loads of food each week.
- The Central Warehouse delivers 18 routes to Satellite Schools (64) each day,
- The Central Office processed 43,983 free and reduced-price applications last year.
- Approximately 75% of students qualify for free or reduced price meals.
- The Nutrition Services Department includes 14 professional/technical positions and seven clerical positions. Other positions include production staff, cashiers, servers, warehouse staff, delivery drivers and other support positions.
- The department has approximately 400 Nutrition Service professionals.