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About us

The Norwalk Community School District Nutrition Department participates in the National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs and follows the regulations under the guidance of the USDA. All breakfast and lunch menus adhere to strict nutritional guidelines set forth by the USDA and meet age appropriate dietary recommendations. Due to the extension of the USDA Waiver, each student enrolled in grades K-12 will be able to receive a complete breakfast meal and lunch meal for no charge during the 2021-2022 school year.

The mission of the Nutrition Department is to provide exceptional service to our customers while providing them not only with nutritious and appealing meal options, but also with compassion and kindness.

The department currently has 22 staff members, of whom 90% are currently Serv-Safe Certified through the National Restaurant Association. Last school year, the Nutrition Department served almost 300,000 lunch meals to the students in Norwalk. Students at the secondary campuses also have access to various a la carte options. All beverage and snack options sold in the cafeteria meet the standards established by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

We are proud of the food served to the students in Norwalk and encourage parents to join their students for lunch or breakfast.  Breakfast is served at each cafeteria before the start of the school day beginning at 7:30 each morning, unless school is delayed due to inclement weather.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Resources

Wellness Assessment Tool (PDF)

RevTrak Website

Nutrislice flyer (PDF)

If you have questions about your child’s lunch account please contact Michelle Stockwell.

Disability-Medical Condition Statement Form

The Disability-Medical Condition Statement Form is to allow for food substitutions for students with medical disabilities requiring lunch alternatives.

Diet Modification Form for Schools (PDF)

Student Wellness Assessment Tool

View the Student Wellness Assessment Tool (PDF)

Wellness Policy 507.9


Free and Reduced Meals

Children need healthy meals to learn. The Norwalk Community School District offers healthy meals every school day. Your child(ren) may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals, as well as other programs in the District such as the waiver of school fees. You may apply online at www.schoolcafe.com or find the paper application below. If you have any questions, please contact the Nutrition Department at 515-981-9876.

Letter to Household Regarding Meal Applications

Norwalk Meal Assistance Application 

Letter to Household Spanish

Norwalk Meal Application Spanish


Feeding American Program

The Facts

  • 1 in 5 children does not have enough to eat in Iowa
  • Up to 5,000 children (K -6th grade) are served each week through the BackPack Program
  • 138 sites in 31 Iowa counties participate in the program

What Participating Children Receive

  • Two Breakfast Items
  • Two 100% juice/veg boxes
  • Two fruit items
  • Two snack items
  • Two shelf-stable servings of milk
  • One main meal
  • One individual sized nut butter

How to Help

  • Donate funds – For approximately $4 a week, you can provide a backpack full of food to a child in need
  • Volunteer – Groups or individuals are needed on a monthly basis to set-up, pack and assemble more than 4,000 sacks of food for participating children

Questions/Contacts

For eligibility to participate in the Norwalk program
Rodney Martinez
515-981-1855

To volunteer in Norwalk
Crystal Ellis
515-491-1241

Questions
Please contact the Food Bank of Iowa
515-564-0330

Permission Slip 2021 2022


Negative Meal Accounts

Resource for negative meal accounts

The Nutrition Department would like to provide parents with a resource that is available to your family if you applied for meal assistance, but did not qualify. Due to the generosity of members of the community, along with the Norwalk Ministerial Association, if you are in need of financial assistance to help with school meal balances, you may contact Trey Parrott at 515-981-4391 or via email at pastor@norwalkbaptist.org.

Notice Regarding Collections of Negative Student Lunch Accounts

The Nutrition Department would like to remind parents that delinquent student meal accounts will be sent to a third party collection agency. A delinquent account is any individual student account that is over $5 negative as of the 1st each month.

Students in grades K-12 will continue to be provided with one breakfast and one lunch meal per day if they do not bring an alternate meal from home, but the account will continue to accumulate meal charges even after the account has been submitted to collections.

Parents should enroll in the District’s online student meal account program at www.schoolcafe.com to monitor account balances and register for low balance email alerts. (Parents with students in grades 6-12 need to select Norwalk High School when enrolling in the program.)

If you do not have Internet access, the Nutrition Department is happy to provide you with a balance via telephone. Please phone 515-981-9876 if you have questions.

The District may assess a $25 administrative fee on any delinquent account.

Contact Us

1130 W North Ave.
Norwalk, Iowa 50211-1534
Phone: 515-981-0676
Fax: 515-981-0559

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