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Food Service and Child Nutrition Program

The Food Service and Child Nutrition Program offers nutritious breakfasts and lunches at every Benton Community Schools building. Proper nutrition is fundamental for the success of academic programs. Our meals meet the new USDA Nutrition Standards, which requires the following:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving)
  • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • More whole grains
  • Less sodium

The new requirements build on the work we have already been doing to provide more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthier main dishes in our cafeteria. Now is a great time for students to choose school lunch! Check out the "Meal Requirements" tab to learn more.

Jane Svestka - Food Service Director
P.O. Box 70
Van Horne, Iowa 52346
Phone: 319-228-8701 x119
Fax: 319-228-8747
E-mail: jsvestka@benton.k12.ia.us

Meet Our Staff

Food Service Director

Jane Svestka - Office located at MS/HS

Food Service Administrative Assistant

Donna Ludwik – Office located at MS/HS

Food Service Manager

MS/HS – Angie Bright

Norway Elementary – Kris Scheer

Atkins Elementary – Nikki Usher

Free/Reduced Applications and Information

Donna Ludwik or Jane Svestka

Federal Civil Rights Statement In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


  • 1.The new nondiscrimination statement may not be altered in any way including the formatting and spacing.
  • 2.The text must be easily readable in Time New Roman font or other standard font (black or dark color)
  • 3.The ideal font size of the full statement is 11.
  • 4.A font size as small as 9 point may be used.
  • 5.If the document is a one page document, the font size must be the same as the rest of the font used to maintain equal importance.
  • 6.If the full statement does not fit, use the abbreviated "equal opportunity" statement.The abbreviated statement font must be the same size as the font size used in the document.

Iowa Nondiscrimination Statement It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/

Lunch Menus

The Food Service and Child Nutrition Department is committed to working together with parents to engage students in developing life-long healthy eating habits, not only in school, but at home. Links to menus for various grade levels can be found below. All menus are subject to change. Menus are provided in .pdf format and require Adobe Reader to open.

View Menus

Meal Requirements

Schools across the United States offer meals to students that meet the reimbursement guidelines from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). School meals are priced as a unit, and we receive federal and state reimbursement to offset our costs.

To get the most for your money, encourage your child(ren) to purchase a complete meal.

For breakfasts, students may choose:

1 serving: Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)

1 serving: 4 oz. fruit juice OR fruit

1 or 2 servings: Grain/meat/meat alternative (which includes the daily entrée)

If students choose at least 3 components, one of which must be a fruit or fruit juice (milk, fruit, grain and/or meat/meat alternate), their breakfast will be at the reimbursable meal rate. If they only choose 2 components, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA's requirements for a complete reimbursable meal.

Example: Menu, Cheerios, Yogurt, Orange Slices, Fruit Juice, Milk

Student selects: Cheerios, Yogurt, and Fruit Juice

This is a reimbursable breakfast!

For lunch, students may choose:

1 serving Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)

1 serving Fruit

1 serving Vegetable

1 serving Grain

1 serving Meat/Meat Alternate

If students choose at least 3 components (milk, fruit, vegetable, grain, meat/meat alternate) with one being a fruit and/or vegetable (1/2 cup minimum), their lunch will be at the reimbursable meal rate. If they only choose 2 components, or do not take a fruit or vegetable, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA's requirement for a complete reimbursable meal.

Example: Menu

Hamburger, Whole Wheat Bun, Romaine Lettuce, Tomato Slices, Apple Slices, Milk

Student Selects

Hamburger on Whole Wheat Bun, Apple Slices (1/2 cup), and Milk

This is a reimbursable lunch!

For more information on the USDA School Meal Requirements, Click here

Meal Prices

Below are the meal prices for the 2016 - 2017 school year:

  • K-8  Lunch        $2.40
  • 9-12  Lunch       $2.50
  • K-12 BK    $1.55
  • Milk            .35
  • Adult        $3.45

Free & Reduced Price School Meals

If your total household income is within the limits listed in the table below, your children may be eligible for either free or reduced-price school meals. If your child/children qualify, you may also be eligible for food assistance benefits from the State of Iowa, Department of Human Services (DHS).

For questions or more information contact the Central Office 228-8701 ext. 503. Click on the following link for a Free & Reduced Application and Income Guidelines (Foreign Language applications available upon request)

Click on the following link for a Free & Reduced Application and Income Guidelines (Foreign Language applications available upon request)

Online Payment

Please follow this link to log into the lunch account system: 


Food Allergy Information

​Please Read:

Insert Links If your child has a disability or life-threatening food allergy and you would like a substituted menu, you will need to obtain a Disability/Medical Condition Statement for Foods Served by calling the Nurse or Health Associate of the school your child attends or the Nutrition Services Department at 319-228-8701, or print off the form below. This form will need to be signed by a physician licensed by the State and returned to the nurse where your student attends. Requests for special diets must be submitted annually and updated by a physician annually.

Click below to access form:

The National Association of School Boards have developed a food allergy guide for schools:


School Wellness

The district's wellness policy is an important tool for parents and school staff to promote students wellness through nutrition and physical activity, prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and provide assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.

USDA Smart Snacks

The USDA has implemented a new Smart Snack program that replaces the Iowa Healthy Kids Act.

Healthier US School Challenge

The HealthierUS School Challenge nationally recognizes schools at the Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Gold of Distinction award levels for:

  • Serving school lunches that reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, that include offering a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products, and low-fat and fat-free milk
  • Restricting the availability of foods and beverages at school to those that meet healthier guidelines of lower fat, added sugars, and sodium
  • Offering nutrition education for students to learn to make healthy choices
  • Providing physical education and opportunities for students to be physically active during the school day

Parent Resources

Pick-a-Better-Snack Monthly Newsletter 


At home you do what you can to make sure your kids eat healthier and stay active. But since they spend so much of their day in school, your influence is needed there, too.

As almost any teacher will tell you, healthy foods and regular physical activity can make a positive difference in the classroom. They may help kids:Concentrate better, Perform at their best, Have better attendance

Start a Conversation

Let people at school know this issue is important to you. Ask who is working on ways to improve food or physical activity options and how you can help.

Sign up - Join in

Volunteer for a project or join a parent's committee on wellness. Get on the agenda at the next parent's association meeting.

Let Your Kids See You Making Healthier Choices

Be their role model for healthy foods and physical activity at home and school.

Make Fundraisers Healthier

Instead of the usual candy and dessert foods, how about selling fresh fruit or holding a car wash or walkathon? Healthier choices can work just as well and are better for everybody.

District Contact

Phone: 319-228-8701
Fax: 319-228-8254