Food & Nutrition Information


    Northwest Food & Nutrition participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. All meals are nutritionally balanced and adhere to the federal nutrition regulations set forth by the USDA.

    The department has implemented many innovative initiatives and learning opportunities, such as Rainbows & Butterflies where students are introduced to fruits and vegetables of different colors and use that produce to create their own edible rainbows to enjoy! Many classrooms have enjoyed the Roving Chef program, in which students prepare a meal while learning about the ingredients and the science behind cooking.  Additionally, students at all levels are actively engaged in providing feedback during taste testing.

    Tori Christie, Director of Dining Services, is committed to the nutritional well-being of every student and staff member. As part of this commitment, you will notice excellent food quality, variety, and revolutionary menus that appeal to everyone. The students and administrators will be able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, made from scratch meals, and interactive nutrition education programs that involve administrators, teachers, parents, and students. The District’s partnership with Southwest Food Excellence (SFE) provides students and staff with the freshest, most appetizing and nutritious foods within the K-12 community.

    Please call our food service office at (636) 671-3554 with any questions or concerns. SFE looks forward to serving you!

    New Eligibility Guidelines for the 2023-24 School Year

    We encourage our families to fill out a meal application as soon as possible.  Along with providing meal assistance and discounts to families, Free & Reduced forms enable the District to provide vital programs and services to students and the staffing for these programs.  Please note: If you filled out an application before July 1, 2023, you need to reapply for this school year under the new eligibility guidelines.

    The quick and easy application can be found on the Free & Reduced Application page.   This year’s meal prices can also be found on the Breakfast and Lunch Prices page.  To access your student’s meal account and make payments please visit the Meal Account Information page.

    The USDA has compiled some helpful Frequently Asked Questions and information for parents about the changes that include helpful information about continuing supply chain issues across the country that may affect our menu items here at Northwest. 

    The Northwest R-I School District is committed to the optimal development of every student. The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental and social success, there needs to exist a positive, safe and health-promoting learning environment at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year.

    The District promotes healthy schools, by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. The District supports a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. Schools contribute to the basic health status of children by facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.  Improved health optimizes student performance potential.

    Student Wellness Policy 2750

    USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

    1. mail:
      U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

    2. fax:
      (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

    3. email:

      This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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