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Nutrition Services

The USDA has announced early this Spring that School meals will NOT be approved FREE for ALL students. What can you do? 

 You may complete a Free/Reduced Meal Application and submit the form to Central Office and you will be notified of the results. 

Meal Menus

November 2022 Breakfast Menu

November 2022 Lunch Menu



  • Applications will be available online as well as in limited quantities in each building office.  You can find the link to the application and instructions below. 
  • Families will be notified of status through email when possible, otherwise via US mail to addresses listed in PowerSchool. 
  • Remember -- YOU MUST FILL OUT AN APPLICATION EACH YEAR. Students start the year with the status (free, reduced, or paid) from the previous year.  This only lasts for 30 days and then, in the absence of a current year application, students will return to FULL-PRICED STATUS. Any meal purchased 10/07/2022 or after will default to full price until an application is on file in Central Office. Each family is responsible for all debt incurred if they fail to fill out an application.  The status will be effective once the application has been processed, which can be up to 10 days as allowed by the Iowa Department of Education.
  • Parents/Guardians may need to complete a meal application listing all family members to apply for benefits. If any family member receives food assistance or FIP, your students may already be approved for free meals. Watch for a letter from WACO Community Schools in late July notifying you that your student(s) have already been approved based on your participation in these federal/state assistance programs. If you receive this notification letter, no further action is required. You may consider signing the optional waiver for additional school fees to be considered waived for the current school year. 
  • You may complete an application based on Household income (gross amount = before withholdings) at any time during the school year as financial situations change. 

QUESTIONS?  Please contact the Nutrition Services Office at 319-256-6201 with any questions or concerns.  

Please Note: Students that qualify for Free/Reduced Meals will be charged full price for a la carte items and/or extra milk. Students that elect to bring their own meal, and purchase an a la carte or milk will also be charged full price. 
Snack Milk for Preschool Students: 
The Free/Reduced Meal status is not extended to the snack milk for preschool students. 
The cost is $0.35/day. Families ARE responsible for paying for Snack Milk.

Free/Reduced Applications and Instructions

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Instructions on How to fill out a Free/Reduced Meal Form

2022-2023 Free & Reduced Meal Form






Offered daily at the Junior High/High School for the same lunch prices.

Ham or Turkey

Fresh vegetables, as available


Choice of dressing, as available

Sign up by 10 a.m.  If you order a salad, you are required to take it, so PLEASE check the menu

 A la carte - (JH/HS only) $1.75*

Extra Milk $0.35

Extra Milk may be purchased. Free/Reduced Meal Status does not cover extra milk, or a la carte items or PK Snack Milk.

Please NOTE: Please be aware that menus are subject to change without notice, including on days when the schedule is changed due to inclement weather. Nutrition Services reserves the right to make changes to the menu without notice due to availability of products. We will make every opportunity to notify families and students as soon as possible. 

School Meal Pricing


PK - 6th Grade

Full Price/Reduced Price

7th- 12th Grade

Full Price/Reduced Price


Full Price/Reduced Price
Breakfast $1.55/$0.30 $2.30/$0.30


Lunch $2.70/$0.40 $2.80/$0.40 $4.20
A la Carte Items: Grades: 7th - 12th =  $1.75 Extra Milk: $0.35
(Snack Milk, Extra Milk & A la Carte items do not qualify for the Free/Reduced program)
WACO Community School District has an online payment system. Click here for access: SchoolPay- Food Service Account

The WACO CSD Child Nutrition Program offers nutritious breakfasts and lunches. Proper nutrition is fundamental for the success of academic programs and child development. School meals meet the USDA Nutrition Standards, which require the following:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Daily servings of both vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving)
  • A wide variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes (weekly requirements)
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • Whole grains
  • Less sodium

If a student has food allergies or restrictions and requires substitutions, we ask that families fill out the Special Dietary Request Form yearly and submit it to Nurse Brittany or the Nutrition Services Office. This form can be found on the district website



WACO Community School District offers breakfast each day at the Elementary and Secondary schools. When your child(ren) eat school meals we receive Federal and State Funding. Click the link below on how eating a nutritious breakfast helps children succeed in school.

Federal 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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 (866) 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: program.intake@usda.gov. 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement

“It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”

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