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Northwest Public Schools | May 22, 2022

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2020-21 Nutrition Services Information

Children need healthy meals to learn.
Northwest Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day.

Lunch price 
$3.00 — K-5th Grade
$3.20 — 6th-12th Grade
$3.90 — Adult
Milk — $.50
Extra Fruit/Vegetable — $.75
Entree — $1.90

Charging meals is not allowed; please insure that your student has adequate funds to cover meal purchases and/or ala carte items.

Your child(ren) may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $.40 for lunch. The online application as well as printable application forms and instructions are available on the Northwest website ( or call 308-385-6398.

Meal Service and Requirements

Robyn Wright, Food Service Manager (
Please contact Robyn about food service questions including special dietary needs.

The USDA requires that all schools participating in the food program follow guidelines for types and amounts of foods offered. Students are required by federal regulation to select either a minimum of 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable for a meal to be considered reimbursable.

The district uses a computerized meal system to record and deduct payments for meals. Each student has a lunch I.D. number to use in the lunch line for this purpose.

What Makes a Complete Lunch?

Choices from the five food groups–bread/grain, meat/protein, fruit, vegetable, & milk–are offered at each meal. At a minimum, students must take a serving from three different food groups, one serving being a 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Free & reduced meal applications may be submitted at any time during the school year but eligibility does not apply until the application is approved.  Applications can be picked up at the district office, at each school office or you may apply online.  To apply online you will need to have a Wordware lunch balance account.  Please contact the district office at 308-385-6398 to obtain a family key and set up a Wordware account if you do not have one.  The link to fill out the online application is on the Northwest website (  Click on Parents – Lunch – Online F-R Application.  Previous eligibility will carry over to September 25, 2020.  At that time, students will revert to paid status until a current Free & Reduced application has been received and approved.

Please contact Kim about questions regarding free/reduced applications, results and lunch account information. Kim Gibson – Lunch Program Bookkeeper (

Payment Options

Please contact Barb with questions regarding lunch account payments, ACH and/or EFunds options. Barb Huls – Lunch Receipts (

Each family has an Family I.D. and each student has a Student I.D. to connect them to the family account. If you need these numbers you can find them on your Wordware lunch balance account site or contact Barb ( or Kim (

Cash or check may be sent to your school office or the district office. Charging is not allowed; please see Board Policy #3571.

Automatic deposits may be set up by using the Debit Authorization Form 2020-21 available on the website or by calling 308-385-6398. You can have money deducted from a checking or savings account on the 1st of the month, the 15th of the month, or both.  There are no transaction service fees to patrons using this method.

E-Fund payments can be made online via the Northwest website ( Transaction service fees are charged to patrons.  Payment must be made by 9am in order to posted to that day’s lunch balance.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions; we will be happy to assist you!

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