Policy 710.01: School Food Program

Original Adopted Date: 06/19/2023  | Last Reviewed Date: 06/19/2023

The school district will operate a school nutrition program in each attendance center.  The school nutrition program will include meals through participation in the National School Lunch Program.  Students may bring their lunches from home and purchase milk and other incidental items.

School nutrition program facilities are provided to serve students and employees when school is in session and during school-related activities.  They may also be used under the supervision of the Nutrition Director for food service to employee groups, parent-teacher meetings, civic organizations meeting for the purpose of better understanding the schools, and senior citizens in accordance with law and board policy.

The school nutrition program is operated on a nonprofit basis.  The revenues of the school nutrition program will be used only for the operation or improvement of such programs.  Supplies of the school nutrition program will only be used for the school nutrition program.

The board will set, and annually review, the prices for school nutrition programs.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation regarding the prices of the school nutrition programs, in accordance with federal and state law. 

It is the responsibility of the Nutrition Director to administer the program and to cooperate with the superintendent and appropriate personnel for the proper functioning of the school nutrition program.

The district shall comply with all federal and state laws and regulations required for procurement, including the selection and evaluation of contractors.  The superintendent or designee is responsible for developing an administrative process to implement this policy, including, but not limited to, procedures related to suspension and debarment for transactions subject to those requirements.

NOTE:   This is a mandatory policy. 

NOTE: Superintendents will make the annual recommendation to the board after they have completed the Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) tool. For additional information, please visit the “Nutrition Programs” section of the Iowa Department of Education’s website.  


Legal Reference: 42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq..
7 C.F.R. Pt. 210 et seq..
Iowa Code ch. 283A.
281 I.A.C. 58.


I.C. Iowa Code Description
Iowa Code  § 283A School Meal Programs
I.A.C. Iowa Administrative Code Description
281 I.A.C. 58 Education – Breakfast and Lunch Program
U.S.C. – United States Code Description
42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 Public Health – School Lunch Program

Cross References

Code Description
710.02 Free or Reduced Cost Meals Eligibility
710.03 Vending Machines
710.04 Meal Charges