Nutrition Services

Child Nutrition Services

Purpose & mission

Child Nutrition Services (CNS) is continuously improving meals and services to meet nutritional requirements, provide a variety of menu items, and give customers the healthiest choices with the freshest ingredients available.

Department CONTACT
Gay Anderson

Gay Anderson

Child Nutrition Coordinator

✆ (605) 367-7962

What's the Scoop?

Child Nutrition Services has always been and continues to be, a leader in the implementation of Child Nutrition Programs. The District has a 99.8 percent average for health department scores which reflects adherence to federal regulations, state regulations, and local health department regulations. Child Nutrition Services is reviewed every two years and includes reviews of regulation implementation, menu analysis, and meal observations. The latest menu review documented that the District has met the federal guidelines for calories, percent of calories from fat, and the percent of calories from saturated fats. The District also has a Supplemental Food Policy that helps to monitor foods high in sugar that are sold in the Child Nutrition Program, school vending machines, and school stores.

Child Nutrition Services remains committed to providing healthy and affordable school meals for all.

See what's on the lunch menu today!



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About Child Nutrition

CNS has added fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain pasta, and whole-grain bread to all menus. CNS will continue to evaluate dried bean and legume dishes for optimum health for all students and staff. 

The District has an ongoing Wellness Policy that reinforces the importance of student health. To supplement what Child Nutrition Services is doing, District schools are part of the "Team Nutrition Schools", a national designation from USDA. Many of the schools are applying for the distinction of "Healthier US". The "Healthier US" Challenge is sponsored by the USDA and provides status documents to the community about the changes made by schools to assure healthy, nutritious, and customer-satisfying meals are being served. USDA also acknowledges the status of nutrition, health, and physical activity opportunities. 

Child Nutrition Services' goal is to be efficient and cost-effective in providing nutritious, well-balanced, and reasonably priced meals. The meals served within the District are School Breakfast, School Lunch, Summer Food Service Lunch, Child Care Food Program snacks and lunch, Family Foundation suppers, as well as meals and snacks at other contracted sites such as East Dakota Educational Cooperative. Child Nutrition Services also prepares bakery items and caters to school events. In addition, Child Nutrition manages over 200 special diets for students from Early Childhood through Grade 12. 

Summer Meal Program

Breakfast and/or lunch will be served FREE to all children, ages 0 to 18, no paperwork necessary from May 28th to August 9th, 2024. There will not be any meals served on July 4th.

Summer Meal Program

Programa De Almuerzo De Verano

Donations to the Sioux Falls School District Angel Account

We are grateful for the outreach from many of our parents and community members asking how they can help support school meals.


Contact the Child Nutrition Office

✆ 605-367-7635

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