Food & Nutrition

Earlham Schools are committed to meeting our students’ nutritional needs. Healthy meals promote success in and outside of the classroom. We offer a variety of nutritious foods in an environment that respects student and staff needs

PEANUT AWARE School For the safety of our students with severe allergies, peanuts, peanut butter and tree nuts are not allowed in our schools and concession stands. School breakfasts and lunches will not produce or sell any food that contains peanuts, peanut butter or tree nuts. Homemade treats will also not be allowed in classrooms for birthdays or holidays.


View our School Meal Menu
Breakfast is served 7:45 a.m. to 8:05 a.m.
All meals are served with milk.
We encourage any parent or guardian to join us for a meal!

2023-2024 School Meal Prices*
Student Breakfast = $2.25
 Students Grades K-5 Lunch = $3.00
Students Grades 6-8 Lunch = $3.10
Students 9-12 Lunch = $3.25
Adult/Visitor Lunch = $4.85

 Extra Items (K-12) and A la Carte Prices (7-12)

Ala Carte   Price
 Lunch Entree $1.75
Lunch Side $1.25
2nd Milk $0.75
6.75 oz Juice $0.75
Yogurt/Cereal  $0.75
Fresh Fruit $0.75
Raisins/Craisins $0.75
Fruit Roll-Up  $0.75
Snacks, Chips, Cookies, Muffins, Krispy Treats,
Beef Sticks, Cheese Stick, Pop Tarts
 8 oz water $0.50
16 oz Water $1.00
Apple Juice, OJ, Switch $1.25
Powerade, Sparking Ice, Snapple
(HS Only)

Meal balances and transactions can be monitored and payments can be made
 through the PowerSchool Parent PortalFor any questions about your lunch account transactions please email Deb Walker at [email protected] or call 515-758-2214 Ext. 162

Please read the District 
Meal Charge Policy

Nutrition Standards:  Breakfast and lunch are available to every student in the district, and our meals meet or exceed the US Department of Agriculture nutrition standards, which require half of the tray should be fruits and vegetables (1/2 cup servings of each), age-appropriate calorie servings, a wide variety of vegetables, fat-free unflavored or flavored 1% milk, and foods rich in whole grains, limited sodium, zero trans-fats.


If your child has a disability or life-threatening food allergy and you would like a substituted menu, you will need to complete a  Diet Modification Form. You may call the School Nurse, Monica Tibben at 515-758-2214 ext. 126, or Food Service Director, Samantha Dempster at 515-758-2214 ext. 116 with questions.  This form must be completed by a “medical authority” that is authorized by state law to write medical prescriptions: In Iowa this includes only Medical Doctors (MD), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Physician’s Assistants (PA), Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) or Dentists. Return the completed form to the school nurse. Requests for special diets must be submitted annually and updated by a physician annually.

Click HERE for more information about Free or Reduced Meals
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