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Ottumwa Community School District

Child Nutrition Programs

Yvonne Johnson, Food Service Director

About School Meals and Nutrition Goals

School meals are planned to include the appropriate servings of meat/meat alternate, breads/grains, fruits/vegetables, and milk. Meals are set-up as offer versus served, which means the student above Kindergarten, must select at least 3 and no more than 5 of the meal components offered. Menus must follow guidelines set by the federal government and must meet nutritional goals when averaged over a school week.

Breakfast is served daily in each building beginning as early as 7:45 am. We encourage you to support your student’s school breakfast program. Check with your child’s school for specific serving times. Breakfast menus are included with the lunch menu.

What’s Improved About School Meals?

  • More whole grain choices
  • Daily choices of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Larger portions of fruits and vegetables
  • More dark green and red/orange vegetables
  • More beans/peas (legumes)
  • Only 1% low-fat milk, fat-free milk, or flavored fat-free milk
  • More whole grains
  • Fewer desserts
  • No trans fats

An Educational Opportunity: With these changes comes an opportunity to teach kids what a healthy plate should look like and establish life-long healthy eating patterns.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provide all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. The FFVP also encourages schools to develop partnerships at the State and local level for support in implementing and operating the program. James, Liberty, and Wilson Elementary Schools participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Program.

Special Menus/Substitutions

Substitutions for specific foods are allowed only when supported by a statement from a recognized medical authority. If a student needs a substitution for any item, such as in the case of a food allergy, they must have a medical note from their doctor. This medical note must be updated annually and submitted to the school nurse

The PayPAMS Mobile App is now available for Android and iPhone (For instructions, please click this link.)

Free/reduced lunch application (please use this link to open in a new window)


Iowa Eligibility Application (IEA) formerly the Free and Reduced Meal Application

Use the links below to access the Iowa Eligibility Application (IEA) formerly the Free and Reduced Meal Application for this school year.

The application form must be printed off and submitted with an original signature.

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