Food Service

The Food Service Department is dedicated to serving nutritious and healthy food every day to our students.  If you have any concerns with your child's meals please contact the Food Service Department Director.

Students are able to charge two meals on credit.  If a student does not have adequate funds and has charged two meals, they will be provided a cheese sandwich and a white milk.  Money can be deposited into a student’s account by putting money in an envelope with the child’s name and their teacher’s name or by using our online payment system.

Middle/High School
Students are able to charge two meals on credit.  If a student does not have adequate funds and has charged two meals, they will be provided a cheese sandwich and a white milk.  Money can be deposited into student’s account by bringing money to the cashier in the cafeteria or by using our online payment system.

If you have any questions, contact the Food Service Director.

If you require a paper copy please contact your child's school or the the Food Service Director.

External LinkApplication (online)
PDF DocumentApplication (paper)
PDF DocumentApplication Instructions
PDF DocumentFrequently Asked Questions

Every child needs a healthy, filling meal to learn. Lowell Area Schools offer nutritious meals to children each school day, often at a free or reduced price for those who need it. We participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program (NSLBP), a federally funded program that helps children receive free or reduced meals. Over 224 billion lunches have been served to students in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program since it was founded in 1946.

What exactly is a free or reduced price meal? 
These meals are the exact same as what other children are  served - there is no "reduced meal." The price of the meal is reduced or waived for families based on income. Does my family qualify? More families are qualified than you may think . To find out if your family qualifies for the free or reduced priced meals, please take five minutes to fill out a free National School Lunch and Breakfast Program Application .Applications must be filled out each year so if your student qualified last year you will need to fill out another application for this year. If you have trouble completing your school meal application or have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Food Service Director.

At Chartwells School Dining Services, nourishing students is not only our business; it is our commitment to the communities in which we serve, that's why we use local produce: asparagus, peaches, apples, squash, blueberries and green beans. We want to make sure students achieve their full potential.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced schools will be able to serve free meals to all students (18 years or younger) through December 31, 2020, or until the federal funding runs out. This will help ensure all students, no matter their situation, will have access to nutritious food.  Effective immediately, your child whether they are learning in the classroom or virtually can receive a free breakfast and a free lunch. We will be working to credit your child’s account for any meal expense since school has started. Please be patient with us, this may take a few weeks for us to complete this. Please continue to apply for meal benefits so when this federal funding expires we can continue to feed your students at the correct benefit status for your family.

Meals will be available for to pick on days your student is in hybrid learning. Pick up days will be every Tuesday from 9:00am - 10:30am.  Each bag will include meals for 3 days.  Please SIGN UP for meals.

Pick up locations:
High School - In front of the cafeteria near the front entrance
Alto - Around the back by the teacher's parking lot.
Murray Lake - In front of gym

If you need to make special arrangements for pick up, because this time does not work, please email Brad Stinson.  

The Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act of 2010 requires all school districts in the United States to evaluate and increase meal prices each year to align with the federal reimbursement rates. This law affects Lowell Area Schools' lunch prices each year. With the constant mandatory price increases, our Food Service Director will continue to focus on overall nutrition and quality of the food served in our cafeterias. Parent suggestions or comments regarding the school lunch program are welcome .

Elem Breakfast ..................................$1.10
Elem Reduced Breakfast...................$0.30
Elem Lunch........................................$2.30
Elem Reduced Lunch ........................$0.40
Secondary Breakfast .........................$1.30
Secondary Reduced Breakfast ..........$0.30
Secondary Lunch.............................. .$2.65
Secondary Reduced Lunch ...............$0.40

Did you know free meals are available over the summer?

Check out the External LinkSummer Food Service Program website for a site locator and more information about the program!


The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Furthermore, research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.

The Board, however, believes this effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.

We invite and welcome your input in this process.  Please email or call the Food Service Director (contact information to the right) to share your ideas.

Wellness updates will be posted here as they become available.