Food Services - Child Nutrition Department

  • The goal of the Food Services Department at Yelm Community Schools is to provide nutritious meals to children during the school day.  We serve over 135,000 breakfast and 469,000 lunches each day to students, and we are committed to increasing participation by providing a friendly, professional, clean atmosphere focused on students as customers.

    We provide students with a variety of nutritionally balanced menu options for breakfast and lunch that meet or exceed USDA’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act certification standards and reflect the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Today’s school meal features 100% whole grain rich products, a larger variety and quantity of fruits and vegetables, nonfat and 1% rBST free milk.  Meals are trans-fat free, low in sodium, calorie controlled and includes alternate options daily to meet the needs of students with diet restrictions.

    Please click the following link for our meal prices:  Meal Prices   Children may qualify to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost or at a reduced price (based on Federal income eligibility guidelines).  Families are encouraged to complete an application even if they are not sure if they qualify.  We also encourage families to apply at any time during the school year if the household experiences a change in financial circumstances because their child may become eligible for free/reduced price meals.   Eligibility is confidential, and students who utilize the benefits are not identifiable in the breakfast or lunch lines.   

Prepaid Meal System

  • Parents or guardians are responsible for depositing money into their child’s account before meals are served.  In addition to paying with cash and checks, parents can also pay online with their credit/debit cards. 

    When a student repeatedly comes to school without a meal from home or money to purchase a meal, counselors will be contacted to ensure proper resources and services are made available to the student.  Frequent requests may indicate the family’s need for free or reduced-priced meals.  If parents or guardians decline to complete an application on behalf of the student, the principal may complete an application on behalf of the student.

Low Balance & Negative Balance Notifications

  • Families of Yelm Community School students will be notified of low or negative balances through Skyward Family Access, School Messenger and/or by mail.  Phone messages will be sent each school night.  Students may be also be discreetly notified by the food service cashier.  Delinquent debt not paid in full by the end of the school year will be carried over to the next school year.

Free and Reduced Meal Application

  • Apply online Through Family Access
    Login to your Skyward Family Access account and follow these steps:

    1. Click "Food Service" on the left-hand side menu.
    2. Along the top of the page, click the drop-down box next to "All Students" and select a student from your household - you will only need to fill out one application for your household.
    3. Click the "Applications" link located in along the top of this new page.
    4. Click the "Add Application" link.
    5. Follow the prompts to complete and submit an application

    You will receive an email once your application has been processed and your eligibility will be updated in Family Access.

    Download an Application
    Applications are available at every school location, the district office, and the Food Services website.

  • 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: 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: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email:

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.