School Lunch Menus

School Breakfast and Lunches Are Nutritious

Recent reports from the USDA state that "school meals are healthy and children who eat school meals consume more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy items than children who do not eat school meals."

The Independence School District Nutrition Services meals are planned according to federal regulations to provide 1/3 of the students' Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) and contain no more than 30 percent calories from fat and 10 percent calories from saturated fat averaged over the week. Food items such as breakfast burritos, chicken nuggets and pizza served in our schools are specified to contain limited amounts of fat and sodium. In addition, our menu items are rich in whole grains, lean meats, fresh fruits, vegetables and never deep fried.

To ensure menus reflect student preferences, student feedback is encouraged. Student Nutrition Ambassadors meet several times a year at each school, to share their menu preference and taste potential new menu items. School breakfast and lunch can affect a student’s eating habits by exposing them to variety of different new kinds of foods that they may not have previous eaten.

Ala Carte and Vending Machine Choices

The ala carte items sold in the middle/high school nutrition centers and snack vending machines meet the Alliance for a Healthier Generation nutritional standards. These foods have no more than 35% or their calories from fat; 10% of their calories from saturated fat; no trans fat. Additional items such as frozen fat free yogurt, 100% fortified fruit juice slushies, fresh whole fruits, whole grain/low fat fresh baked cookies & water are also sold in the nutrition centers.


Food Safety

Food safety and sanitation are critical ongoing processes that require strict procedures and training. All Nutrition Center Managers hold a current City of Independence Manager Certification and have successfully completed the required training. Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HAACP) standards have been implemented at all Nutrition Centers. HAACP requires managers and staff to follow specific processes in the day to day operations to assure that food safety standards are being met at all times. These processes are documented and monitored at all levels.

Food Allergies

Student food allergies should be reported on the district approved medical form. This form should be completed and signed by a recognized medical authority and submitted to the school nurse.


USDA 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, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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 Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may 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 complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, 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 (566) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;

(2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)      email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.