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Frequently Asked Questions – School Nutrition

Check out these frequently asked questions and their answers regarding the Ames CSD school nutrition program. Click the question to see the resulting answer. For any question outside of the ones listed here, please contact the Food Service Department.

Yes. Ames Community School District is offering no cost reimbursable breakfasts and lunches (Northwood snacks only) through the Seamless Summer Option in school year 2021-2022.
  • Yes. You will want to complete a meal application if you feel you meet the income guidelines to qualify for free or reduce meal benefits. Meal benefits may apply towards other programs and fees (required school fees, busing, driver’s education, P-EBT cards).
  • No. If you are directly certified automatically via the SNAP, FIP or specific Medicaid programs, you do not need to complete a meal application.
Yes. Free or reduced status does not roll over year after year. You must complete an application each year if you feel you meet the income guidelines and are not directly certified automatically via SNAP, FIP, or specific Medicaid programs.

At breakfast, a meal consists of a minimum of three different food items from an offering of at least four components. One of the three items must be a full serving of a fruit or vegetable.

  • Grain item – such as cereal or muffin.
  • Protein item – such as yogurt, eggs, string cheese. o Fruit or vegetable – juice, canned, fresh.
  • Fluid milk

At lunch, a meal consists of a minimum of three of the five “components”, and one of the three must be a full serving of a fruit or vegetable.

  • Grain
  • Meat/meat alternate
  • Fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Fluid milk
No. A la carte items are not free. A student may choose to purchase a la carte items if they have money in their meal account or cash in hand at the time of purchase, however change will not be provided, so exact cash is preferred. Any cash amount over the price of the item will be deposited into the student’s meal account.
Yes, a student can purchase only a milk. Milk by itself costs $0.50. Students must have money in their meal account or cash in hand at the time of purchase, however change will not be provided, so exact cash is preferred. Any cash amount over $.50 will be deposited into the student’s meal account.
If visitors are allowed in the buildings, you may join your child for breakfast or lunch. An adult breakfast costs $2.10. An adult lunch costs $3.95.
Go to https://ames.nutrislice.com/. Select your child’s school, then breakfast or lunch to see the current menu. You can filter the menu for common allergens; get the carb information for the items on the menu; view the menu in different languages. If there has to be a menu change made at any time, the change will show in Nutrislice within 15 minutes of it being made in our menu planning program.
  • At the elementary schools, students are not allowed to have seconds of the entree. However, they are allowed unlimited fruits and vegetables.
  • At the middle and high school, students are allowed to come back through the line to purchase more items from the various food stations.
Yes. At the elementary schools there is at least one meatless option a day. It usually has a dairy item as the protein. At the middle and high schools, there are a number of meatless choices.
You must contact the nurse at your student’s school to discuss your child’s needs. The Food Service Department will make adjustments to individual students’ menus for life threatening/life altering dietary conditions and there must be a physician’s statement on file for those dietary conditions. The physician’s statement needs to be specific as to the condition, the foods to avoid, and the foods that are to be substituted. Should your student need a special menu, the Food Service Director will meet with you to begin the process and will need to have your approval of the menu once it is planned before it can be served to your student.
You can login to your Infinite Campus parent portal at any time to view your student’s food service purchases or meal account balance. While you will be able to see the general categories purchased, you will not be able to see specific a la carte items. You should have received information about Infinite Campus during registration. If you have any questions pertaining to Infinite Campus, please contact Zac Sjoberg by email or call 515-268-6635.
  • Online: You can add money to your student’s meal account online through the RevTrak Web Store, http://ames.revtrak.net. You should have received information about RevTrak during registration. If you have any questions pertaining to RevTrak, please contact Zac Sjoberg by email or call 515-268-6635.
  • Check: Please make checks out to: Ames Community School District. Please write your student’s first and last name in the memo and place the check in a sealed envelope. Deposit envelopes are provided at each school in the main office. Always include your student’s first and last name, school, grade/teacher, and meal account number/student ID number (if known) on the envelope. Deposits may take 24-48 hours to be credited to your student’s account.
  • Cash: Ames Community School District highly discourages the use of cash as a payment method. If you choose to use cash, please place the cash in a sealed envelope. Deposit envelopes are provided at each school in the main office. Always include your student’s first and last name, school, grade/teacher, and meal account number/student ID number (if known) on the envelope. Deposits may take 24-48 hours to be credited to your student’s meal account.
Students shall never be denied a reimbursable meal or snack, even if they have a zero balance in their meal account or have accrued a negative balance from previous purchases. Students who wish to purchase any extra items are required to have sufficient funds in their meal account prior to the purchase or they must pay with cash at the time of purchase.
Yes, one check for multiple students is accepted and will be split evenly between accounts unless otherwise noted with payment. Please write the name of each student and their account number on the check.
Any money in a student’s meal account will rollover to the next year.
  • You may request a refund. Please email the Food Service Department, to requesting a refund.
    • Refund by check: Please included the following information in the email; your graduating student’s name, the name of the person to whom check will be made out, and the address to where the check will be sent.
    • Direct deposit refund: Please request an EFT Authorization form be sent to you.
  • You may request that the funds be transferred to another student’s meal account in your household. Please email the Food Service Department with the name of your graduating student and the name of the other student in your household.
  • You may also donate the remaining balance to the Ames Community School District to apply towards students’ meal accounts with negative balances. Please email the Food Service Department your desire to donate.

Yes, the District always accepts donations.

  • Online donations can be made via RevTrak, under the Lunch Hero Donation tab.
  • Checks can be mailed to Ames Community School District, c/o Business Office, 2005 24th Street, Ames, IA 50010. Please make the check payable to Ames Community School District and note food service donation on the memo line. You should specify if you have any particular wishes for their donation, i.e. certain school or grade level. The donation will be recognized by the School Board and you will receive a gift letter for tax purposes. If you wish to remain anonymous, you should specify that in your note with their donation.
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