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Food Services

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What's for lunch? Click the blue menu button to learn more about the school menu for your school building.

2023-2024 Meal Prices

Due to increasing costs, the Cole County R-1 School District Board of Education recently increased the breakfast and lunch prices $.05 for the 2023/2024 school year. Reduced prices were not increased.

  Elementary Jr./Sr. High Reduced Staff
Breakfast $1.50 $1.60 $.30 $1.65
Lunch $2.25 $2.55 $.40 $2.80
Extra Milk or Orange Juice - $.40


Ala Cart Menu Prices
Breakfast Lunch
2nd breakfast $1.10 2nd lunch $1.50 Elementary
Meat $.75 2nd lunch $2.20 Jr./Sr. High
Main entree $.75 2nd entree, small salad,
baked potato
Toast, Bread, Bagel $.50 Cookie $.45
PopTart $.75 Chips $.50
    Dessert $.45
    Meat $1.00
    Roll, breadstick, pretzel,
vegetable, fruit, potato, salad
    Ice Cream $.75

Board Policy 5550 Meal Charges

Learn more about our district's Board Policy #5550 regarding important meal charges in our school district. Highlights of the policy include:

  • Students will be allowed to charge a maximum of $10.
  • Charged meals will only include the menu items of the reimbursable meal.
  • After the balance exceeds $10, the students may be given a designated menu alternate.
  • No charges will be allowed for ala carte foods and beverages.

Free and Reduced Lunch Programfree and reduced meal application form graphic

Tired of filling our paperwork for the beginning of school? We get it! However, there is one form that provides NUMEROUS BENEFITS not only to your family but our school district and its teachers! 

Every child receives a Free and Reduced Lunch Program form. Our district does not try to decide who needs this service, which is why everyone is offered the forms. It is voluntary but 👉 did you know that applying for the free and reduced lunch program not only benefits your child and family expenses but the federal funding also benefits our school community? Free and reduced lunch percentages are used to determine eligibility for school resources and funding that can include: 

🔵 Smaller class sizes

🔵 Additional classroom resources

🔵 Tutoring

🔵 Career exploration

🔵 Field trips and more

In addition our and teachers/staff with student loans may have the opportunity to receive grants or loan forgiveness assistance if they work in "high need" school. “High needs” includes schools with high free and reduced lunch enrollment. 

Filling out the form is CONFIDENTIAL. The form can be updated or changed throughout the year if your household circumstances change. 

Your children may qualify for free or reduced-priced meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on the following chart. 
Household size and annual income chart to qualify for free and reduced meals.

If the following circumstances pertain to your household, your children may apply for free meals.
  • Foster children may be eligible regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside.
  • Households with children who are eligible under the foster, Head Start, homeless, migrant, or runaway programs should contact the school for assistance in receiving meal benefits.
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.
  • Children who are members of households currently certified as receiving Food Stamps, TANF or FDPIR are eligible for free meals.
  • If a family member becomes unemployed or if family size changes, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the family eligible for these benefits.

Parents, you are only required to complete ONE application form for your ENTIRE family. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

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

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; email: program.intake@usda.gov.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions regarding the district's food services program, contact:

Mrs. Laurie Anderson, 
Food Services Supervisor