About Us

Welcome to Joplin Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services! The Food and Nutrition Services team for Joplin Schools, represented by a staff of over 100 well trained, dedicated women and men, provide high quality, nutritionally balanced, and affordable breakfasts and lunches to more than 7,700 students daily across our district. We take pride in providing nutritious meals to our students. Our department continues to expand and grow to meet the needs of the school environment, and expanding services to meet the needs within our community.

We are pleased to announce the ability to apply for Free and Reduced Priced Meals online at no cost to you! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere!

Online Free and Reduced Meal Application

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In addition to the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, our services also include an after-school supper program. The Nutrition Services team also provides a summer school feeding program. 

We recognize breakfast and lunch are important in contributing to the learning process throughout the school day. Good nutrition is vital to the mental and physical growth of students during the formative years. As such, the Food Service program continues to operate as an integral part of the total educational program.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. fax:
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
3. email:
[email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The full Nondiscrimination Statement must be included on all print and non-print materials (including but not limited to audio, video, website, brochures, newsletters, by-laws, etc.).  

If the size of the material is too small to include the full statement, the material will at a minimum, include the following statement in the same size as the text:

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”

Contact Us

Rick Kenkel
Director of Child Nutrition
[email protected]


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