School districts have been notified that the USDA does not have the authority to extend waivers that allow no-cost meals to all students.  In light of this, Fort Calhoun students will pay for school meals.  To alleviate some of the financial hardship this may cause, a waiver was put in place that allows schools to use the benefits that were on file from the 2019-20 school year to grant a 30 day carryover of the benefits from that time.  This will allow families extra time to file meal applications for 2022-23. 

If you have already received notification of 2022-23 benefits granted through direct certification, your student(s) will begin receiving them on the first day of school.  If you have not, we urge you to complete the necessary paperwork immediately if you believe you qualify.  Students will have to pay for meals until such time this is received.  School board policy states “The district’s policy on charged meals is: “If a student has no funds available to pay for a meal, the student will be permitted to charge up to five meals. Thereafter, if a student has no funds available to pay for a meal, no food will be provided.”

If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 402-468-5591. 


Nutrition experts will say, to do its work, the brain needs a sufficient supply of healthy fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. Without a boost at the start of their day, young brains cannot function well. By lunchtime, most children’s bodies are depleted and in dire need of another energy provider*. A nutritious breakfast and lunch composed of lean protein sources, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are critical to every child’s ability to successfully learn at school.

The District is committed to combat hunger by making meals designed to optimize each child’s potential.  This is done by participating in the National School Lunch Program and producing nutritious meals within the guidelines established by the USDA.

If you have questions or concerns please contact:

Rachel Mattison Jerry Green
Food Service Director Superintendent of Schools
email can be found on our directory  

* Food and Health with Timi Gustafson RD, Clinical Dietician.