Food Service Department

The food service department provides you with answers to any school meal questions you may have. In this section, you will find the link to the online free/reduced lunch application. You will also find the monthly high school lunch menu and meal rates, including reduced rates, for breakfast and lunch. Another resource provided in this section is the school payment website, which gives you the ability to pay online for meals.


Free/Reduced Lunch Application
Families who earn less than 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals and those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of poverty level qualify for reduced-price meals. In the Des Moines Schools, approximately 60 percent of the student enrollment qualifies for free or reduced-price meals. The prices for a paid breakfast and lunch are approved by the School board and the price of a reduced-price meal is established by the federal government.

Lunch Menu
Des Moines Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department serves approximately 30,000 meals daily in our school nutrition services program. School meals are planned to reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We strive to provide a nutritious breakfast and lunch for all students at an affordable cost. We encourage children to develop good eating habits. Menus are published monthly on this site.

Meal Rates, Loan Program & Procedures

Pay for School Meals Online
DMPS is now equipped to receive and process online payments for student meal accounts. The system allows parents to manage their children’s meal accounts quickly and easily. With this system, you can pay with a credit card, check your child’s account balance, see what your child is eating and receive account balance alerts