Food Service

lunch tray

Food Services Department

USDA New Meal Pattern Requirements

Dear Onsted Community Schools Families:

The USDA has recently issued new school meal requirements for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. This means our students will see some changes this school year in the meals served at school.

There are five food groups that make up the meal pattern fruits, vegetables, meat/meat alternate (protein), grains, and milk. Student’s meals must include a selection of three of the five food groups with one being a fruit and / or vegetable selection. A student must select at least ½ cup of fruit or vegetable to be considered a complete meal. If no fruit or vegetable is selected, the student will pay the individual item prices for foods instead of the complete meal price. In some instances, the student will have to pay more than the meal price when purchasing those individual meal components such as a la carte items. Please encourage your student to purchase meals to avoid additional charges.

Increase in Fruit and Vegetables

  • More dark green/orange vegetables will be offered that provide essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Students will now be required to select ½ cup of fruit or vegetable for their meal to be considered a complete meal.

Grain and Meat/Meat Alternate (Proteins)

  • Menus will offer specific amounts of whole grains and proteins that meet the requirements.
  • For some breads and meats students might see smaller size portions.
  • Many of our grains are already whole grain enriched grains.

Reducing Fats

We will only serve food products and ingredients that contain zero grams of trans fat per serving.

Lower Sodium

We continue to work with food manufacturers to reformulate food products including lower sodium sauces and spreads.

Calorie Ranges

New grade groups for menu planning will be aimed at ensuring students receive age-appropriate portions and nutrients.

K – 5 (550-650) calories
6 – 8 (600-700) calories
9 – 12 (750-850) calories

Eat Breakfast at School

Breakfast is available before school in each building’s cafeteria. School breakfast helps students be more alert so they learn more in class. Breakfast is a great way to gain vitamins and nutrients. A family qualifying for free or reduced-priced lunch receives the same benefits at breakfast. Help your child start the day off right with school breakfast.

2023-2024 School Year Full Meal Prices

  Breakfast Lunch
Elementary Free Free
Middle School Free Free
High School Free Free



Onsted Schools is dedicated to providing quality nutritious meals that students will enjoy and choose to eat. We encourage students to try new fruits and vegetables. We hope you like what you see on the menus at school.

Brenda Hubbard
Food Service Director


Lunch Borrowing

K-8th Grade Students

Can borrow for 3 full lunches putting their accounts at a negative balance of $7.50.  Once they have reached the negative balance of $7.50 they are offered a sandwich with a milk or juice for $1.00.

9th-12th Grade Students

Can borrow for one lunch putting their account at a negative $2.75. No lunch will be provided until the negative balance is paid in full.

Low Balance Notices

K-5th Grade

Notes are sent home with students when their account gets below $3.00.  An email is sent when they are at a negative $7.50.  Anything higher either a phone call or letter in the mail.

6th - 8th Grade

Notes are offered or a stamp is offered to students to remind them of their low balance. phone calls to the home or if needed, letters will be mailed home also.

9th - 12th Grade

Students are told daily of low balances.