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    What is Midland I. S. D. Child Nutrition Services?


    The MISD Child Nutrition Services prepares and serves over 12,000 lunches and 11,000 breakfasts each school day. Child Nutrition Services operates like any other non-profit business and is completely self-sufficient, it does not receive any funding from local taxes or the school district. Funding is received in the form of Federal reimbursement as well as children and adult meal payments.  Approximately 250 people are employed in the Department to serve the children of Midland.


    How do the children pay for their meals?

    The Child Nutrition Services uses a computerized meal accountability system that maintains the children's balances and automatically deducts the money from their account when they enter their key pad number. The key pad number is different from the ID number and consists of 4 to 5 digits and is assigned at the beginning of the school year. Parents are encouraged to make deposits, or pre-payments, for their children's meal. The deposit can be in any amount, the pre-payment of meals helps aid in the speed in which children move through the cafeteria line and will give the children a few more minutes to sit and eat.

    The money in the meal account can be used to purchase meals and/or a la carte items in the cafeteria. The a la carte items available for purchase in both elementary and secondary schools. Students who receive free meals will continue to receive free meals, but can also make deposits to purchase a la carte items or second meals if desired. Parents can also control the way their child spends the money by limiting the meal account use to the cost of the meal only or the amount that can be spent daily on a la carte items.

    Parents can also pay for student meals online using ParentOnline. To register for online lunch payments, click here.


    How nutritious are the meals?

    The menus are nutritionally analyzed on a weekly basis to meet strict USDA guidelines. Lunch provides at least one third of the minimum recommended daily dietary allowances. A Registered Dietitian evaluates the menus for nutritional adequacy and is available as a consultant in providing modified diets for students with a physician's prescribed diet.


    Child Nutrition Services can also provide nutrition education programs, please contact Child Nutrition Services if you are interested.


    Do parents have a say in what is offered?

    A Parent Advisory Committee, consisting of parents who volunteer their time, eats lunch in all the different cafeterias throughout the school year. Valuable suggestions are provided to the Department based on the Committee visits. Anyone interested in serving on the Committee should contact Child Nutrition Services at 689-1525.


    Does Child Nutrition Services Department need more employees?

    Yes we do, the hours vary by positions and the positions vary by campus. Anyone interested in applying for Child Nutrition Services Department should complete an employment application in the school district Personnel Office at 615 W. Missouri St. Midland. Interviews are conducted as needed.


    In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.