SMIC Food Service and Nutrition Program
The Food Service and Child Nutrition Program offers nutritious breakfasts and lunches at SMIC. Proper nutrition is fundamental for the success of academic programs. Our meals meet the new USDA Nutrition Standards, which requires the following:
Age-appropriate calorie limits
Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving)
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
Check out the "Meal Requirements" section to learn more.
Free & Reduced Price School Meals
If your total household income is within the limits listed in the table below, your children may be eligible for either free or reduced-price school meals. If your child/children qualify, you may also be eligible for food assistance benefits from the State of Iowa, Department of Human Services (DHS).
For questions or more information contact:
Erin Schmelzer 563-252-1577 or firstname.lastname@example.org..k12.ia.us
Click on the following links for a Free & Reduced Application and Income Guidelines (Foreign Language applications available upon request)
The Food Service and Child Nutrition Department is committed to working together with parents to engage students in developing life-long healthy eating habits, not only in school, but at home.
Schools across the United States offer meals to students that meet the reimbursement guidelines from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). School meals are priced as a unit, and we receive federal and state reimbursement to offset our costs.
To get the most for your money, encourage your child(ren) to purchase a complete meal.
For breakfasts, students may choose:
1 serving: Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)
1 serving: 4 oz. fruit juice OR fruit
1 or 2 servings: Grain/meat/meat alternative (which includes the daily entrée)
If students choose at least 3 components, one of which must be a fruit or fruit juice (milk, fruit, grain and/or meat/meat alternate), their breakfast will be at the reimbursable meal rate. If they only choose 2 components, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA's requirements for a complete reimbursable meal.
Example Menu: Cheerios, Yogurt, Orange Slices, Fruit Juice, Milk
Student selects --- Cheerios, Yogurt, and Fruit Juice
This is a reimbursable breakfast!
For lunch, students may choose:
1 serving Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)
1 serving Fruit
1 serving Vegetable
1 serving Grain
1 serving Meat/Meat Alternate
If students choose at least 3 components (milk, fruit, vegetable, grain, meat/meat alternate) with one being a fruit and/or vegetable (1/2 cup minimum), their lunch will be at the reimbursable meal rate. If they only choose 2 components, or do not take a fruit or vegetable, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA's requirement for a complete reimbursable meal.
Example Menu: Hamburger, Whole Wheat Bun, Romaine Lettuce, Tomato Slices, Apple Slices, Milk
Student Selects --- Hamburger on Whole Wheat Bun, Apple Slices (1/2 cup), and Milk
This is a reimbursable lunch!
Visit the USDA site for more information on USDA School Meal Requirements.
Food Allergy Information
Safe at School & Ready to Learn
If your child has a disability or life-threatening food allergy and you would like a substituted menu, you will need to obtain a Disability/Medical Condition Statement for Foods Served by calling the Health Associate of the school your child attends or print off the form below. This form will need to be signed by a physician licensed by the State and returned to the health associate where your student attends. Requests for special diets must be submitted annually and updated by a physician annually.
At home you do what you can to make sure your kids eat healthier and stay active. But since they spend so much of their day in school, your influence is needed there, too. As almost any teacher will tell you, healthy foods and regular physical activity can make a positive difference in the classroom. They may help kids concentrate better, perform at their best, have better attendance.
Start a Conversation
Let people at school know this issue is important to you. Ask who is working on ways to improve food or physical activity options and how you can help.
Let Your Kids See You Making Healthier Choices
Be their role model for healthy foods and physical activity at home and school.
The district's wellness policy is an important tool for parents and school staff to promote students' wellness through nutrition and physical activity, prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and provide assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.