• About Nutrition Services in CPS

    Our mission is for all children of Columbia Public Schools to be of optimal health.  Our vision is for all students and staff of Columbia Public Schools to have access to fresh, flavorful, and nutritious meals daily while promoting local sustainability.
    Nutrition Services participates in the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs.  There are many regulations that come along with participating in these programs. However, doing so allows us to serve free and reduced-priced meals to those students that qualify.  We also participate in many other federal programs, such as the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (for our High School Suppers), the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Special Milk Program, and many others. 
    We offer many locally grown foods in the fall and spring.  Watermelons, cantaloupe, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squashes, apples, pears, and winter squashes can be found on our garden bars during the growing season.  
    Due to our participation in NSLP, we are able to offer Free Breakfast and Lunch to every student enrolled at many of our schools.  Some students do not qualify for free or reduced meals but are still in need of assistance.  Please click here if you would like to donate to our Lunch for Learners fund.   

    The following schools provide free breakfast for all enrolled students: 

    • Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary
    • Battle Elementary
    • Benton Elementary
    • Blue Ridge Elementary
    • CORE
    • Derby Ridge Elementary
    • West Boulevard Elementary
    • Lange Middle School
    • Oakland Middle School
    • Battle High School
    • Douglass High School

    The following schools provide free lunch for all enrolled students:

    • Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary
    • Benton Elementary
    • West Boulevard Elementary
    • Douglass High School

    The following schools provide free supper for all students:

    • Battle High School
    • Hickman High School
    • Rock Bridge High School

    Frequently asked questions include:

    What if my child has a food allergy?
    Columbia Public Schools will offer food substitutions to students that have food allergy documentation from a medical professional. Provide the school nurse with allergy information on your child. Food allergy information is entered into our computer lunch program and carries over from one year to the next. 

    The necessary form can be found here
    Is breakfast available?
    Breakfast is available at all schools in the Columbia Public School District. Check your school's schedule for times.
    How do I pay for my child's lunch?
    The Nutrition Services department uses a computerized system that allows parents to prepay any amount into their child's account. Parents may set up accounts with SchoolCafe and may use a debit or credit card to prepay. As the student purchases food, money is deducted from the account. Elementary students will receive reminder notices when their accounts are running low. Click here for more information on this payment system. Students may still use cash to purchase lunch if they choose.
    How do I find out what is for lunch each day?
    Elementary students receive monthly menus from school. See the Menus link at left for elementary and secondary monthly menus, as well as pictures of elementary menus.
    What if I want my child to purchase only meals and no a la carte foods?
    Our computerized program allows parents to restrict or limit a la carte items. Just notify the Nutrition Services staff at the school your child attends.
  • Contact CPS Nutrition Services

    Columbia Public Schools
    Nutrition Services
    1818 West Worley Street
    Columbia, MO  65203
    Phone: (573) 214-3480
    Fax: (573) 214-3425

    Laina Fullum
    Aslin Administration Building

    Karla Adeshakin
    Assistant Director
    Aslin Administration Building

    Robin Gammon
    Kitchen Supervisor-Dietician
    Aslin Administration Building

    Dana Vancleave
    Kitchen Supervisor
    Aslin Administration Building

    Charity Keith
    Coordinator Farm to School
    Aslin Administration Building