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Nutrition Services



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Due to changes in USDA policy regarding non-congregate meal service, USD368 will not be participating in a Summer Food Service Program for 2023. Please click on the link below to find the nearest participating site. You may also call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE to find a site near you.



Congress did not extend federal school meal waivers and school meals will no longer be available to ALL students free of charge effective at the start of the 2022-2023 school year.  Households may fill out an online Application for Free or Reduced Price School Meals at:

https://schoolmealsapp.ksde.org/Home/welcome/D0368  or complete a paper Application for Free or Reduced Price School Meals during the 2022-2023 enrollment process. If you have already received notification that your family is eligible for free or reduced price meals for the 2022-2023 school year, follow the instructions provided.  Only students with approved applications will receive free or reduced price meals for the 2022-2023 school year.  Families who do not qualify for free meals will be responsible for paying for their child(ren)'s meals at reduced or paid rates. 


Learning to make healthy choices is essential to getting the most from life.  Helping children grow up healthy takes families, schools and communities working together. 

Paola School District has a Wellness Policy that encourages eating healthy and supports physical activity for students and staff.  Our current policy will soon be modified to reflect the changes in the school meal pattern and the Smart Snacks Rule.  These are both part of the “Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act” of 2010. 

A link to the current wellness policy is provided below.

Wellness Policy



BREAKFAST has choices which meet USDA guidelines for healthy students.  Items offered are milk, fruit, juice, whole grain rich bread items and protein.  Menus are available on the district website and are posted at all buildings.

LUNCH has unlimited choices of fruit and vegetables in all grades. Secondary schools have an unlimited garden bar daily. Simple Simon's pizza is available at High School on Wednesdays for $2 per slice. If you do not wish for your student to be able to purchase additional entrees and pizza, please contact Paola Food Service and we will disallow these purchases in your student's account.

Additionally, High School and Middle School offer ala carte choices such as cookies, cinnamon rolls and sugar free drinks daily on a cash-only basis.

1% Chocolate and 1% White Milk are available with all meals.

Breakfast & Lunch Meal Prices (Subject to Change)

Breakfast Fees

2023-2024 Fees


$ 2.75

K-5 $1.95
Reduced Fees

Lunch Fees

2023-2024 Fees
$ 5.00
6-8 $2.80
K-5 $2.75
Reduced Fees $0.40


Meal Substitutions and/or Modifications

Meal substitutions and/or modifications can be made only with complete and specific written instructions from a licensed physician, and must be renewed each school year. These instructions should be sent to the Food Service office at Paola High School.

Specific forms to document food allergies or intolerance are available at individual school offices, nurse's offices as well as the district food service office.


Students have the opportunity to choose only those foods that they intend to eat. This reduces waste and helps control costs. They may choose to take only three of the four meal components offered at breakfast and at lunch. A component may consist of more than one food item in order for for the meal to qualify for reimbursement. The price per meal remains the same whether you select the minimum or all five items.

Meal Cards

Middle School and High School students are responsible for their meal card, and must bring them to the cafeteria each day. The new point-of-sale system uses the student I.D. number for their meal account. If a student loses their card, they will be responsible for learning their number and entering it into the pin pad at the serving line. Elementary cards will be maintained by the point-of-sale clerk at each elementary building.

District Meal Charging Policy

Students who are Reduced or Paid status are allowed to charge up to $5.00 for reduced status and $10.00 for paid status.  Once a student has reached the allowable charge limit they will be offered an alternate lunch of SunButter & Jelly Sandwich and a milk for two days. Each site will keep an accounting of all Alt Meals served by building.

Meal Charge Policy & Procedures



USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

   (1)   mail
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

   (2)   fax:
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

   (3)   email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.