School Nutrition Services

Deborah Thompson 
(502) 349‑7000, ext. 2327
Director of School Nutrition

Marsha Glass
(502) 349-7000 ext. 2300
Account Clerk for School Nutrition


The Nelson County Food Service Department considers food service to be an important part of the total education program. Encouraging good eating habits and an understanding of good nutrition are important to the development of all students.

School breakfast is the first step to learning.  Children who are hungry find it hard to stay alert and participate in their classroom experiences. The Nelson County Schools Breakfast Program helps close the “readiness gap” with nutritious food at a very low cost.

The high quality, nutritious meals served in the school cafeterias meet or exceed all state and federal guidelines. Lunches are designed to supply one third of a  day’s required calories. The meal also supplies a third of the recommended daily allowance for protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. With the new USDA Guidelines, we have added more beans, orange/red and dark green vegetables to each week’s menu. The district’s Director of School Nutrition and nutrition employees have worked diligently to make district meals more appealing and nutritious. We also operate a Summer Feeding program at select schools to accommodate all children in the community with a free breakfast and lunch during non-school days.

Meals are prepared by 62 food service workers who have been trained in rules and regulations, equipment use and care, nutrition education, safety and first aid, food preparation and merchandising, sanitation, and efficient use of resources. All employees receive additional training each year. Food service managers are Serv/Safe Certified with a back-up of 3-5 workers at each school being certified thru the Health Department by taking classes and passing a certification test. All cafeterias in the district are accredited by the Kentucky Department of Education.

To help fight childhood obesity through the Nelson County School Nutrition Program we
  • limit fat consumption. Fat does not exceed 30 percent of calories over a school week and saturated fat is less that 10 percent of calories over a school week.  We serve foods that have 0 trans fat.
  • have no deep fryers in the schools.
  • serve more fresh fruits and vegetables. We offer at the minimum one each day.
  • increase fiber in the menu. Whole grains are being incorporated into menus and recipes gradually to accustom the kids to the taste without completely turning them off.
  • bake and steam more foods. This helps to retain the nutrients and use less fat.
  • limit sweets/desserts in the menus.

Tray Talk


Breakfast Program

Click here to read about the district breakfast program and the benefits of a nutritious breakfast.


We offer the MySchoolBucks payment system from Heartland School Solutions. With MySchoolBucks, you can add money to your child’s meal account, view account balances and recent purchases, and set up notifications for upcoming payments — from the convenience of your home, office, or on-the-go with our mobile app. Opt out of electronic payments by downloading and completing this PDF form.

NUTRIKIDS Point of Sale

The NUTRIKIDS Point of Sale system brings a new level of simplicity to the school meal program. The system handles all purchases, including free or reduced meals, in the same way. Read more about it here.

Community Eligibility Provision

Bloomfield Elementary School, Boston School, Horizons Academy and New Haven School participate in the Community Eligibility Provision free-meal program. Read about it here.

Free or Reduced-Priced Meals Application

Click here to download an application for free or reduced-priced meals.

Click here for how to apply for free or reduced-price meals.

Click here for frequently asked questions about free or reduced-priced meals.

School Meal Prices 


 Lunch Cycle Menus

Grades K-8 [pdf]
Grades 9-12 [pdf]

Breakfast Cycle Menus

All Grades [pdf]

Student Welfare and Wellness Policy

The Nelson County School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect student health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Click here to read our Welfare and Wellness Policy [pdf].

Healthy Schools Program

Healthy Snack Ideas