Good nutrition and academic success go hand in hand! Our Food Services Department consists of a team of food and nutrition professionals dedicated to students' health, well-being, and their ability to learn. We support academic success by providing healthy meal choices while promoting lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
All of our school campuses participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low cost or free meals to qualifying students. The food and beverages we serve on our campuses meet the state and federal requirements, which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We encourage our families to apply for meal benefits by completing a Free and Reduced Meal Application. Please remember that all students who qualify for free or reduced lunches also qualify for free breakfasts.
Did you know that breakfast increases your child’s brain power? Our bodies convert breakfast food into energy for use by our brain. When children skip breakfast, they must rely on the energy from their last meal to fuel their brain. Without breakfast, kids typically have a gap of 12 hours or more between dinner and lunch. School breakfast ensures your child starts the day well-nourished and ready to learn.
Otto-Eldred also participates in the federally funded CACFP supper program. This program provides evening meals to all of our students at no charge. We serve supper immediately after school until 3:30 p.m. in each of our cafeterias.
Free and Reduced Lunch
We participate in the federal free and reduced lunch program. If you believe you qualify for benefits, please complete the application online. Participants may qualify at any time during the school year.
Summer Food Services Program - Updated
Our Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to our students throughout the summer. This program is open to all children within our district under the age of 18. We serve meals Monday through Thursday beginning the second full week of June. Please see our summer meal program flyer for specific dates, times, and locations.
Due to the current USDA waiver, the Otto-Eldred SD is able to offer meals to students that are educating at home. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pick up through the end of December or until USDA updates the waivers. If you have any questions that aren’t answered below please email Mrs. Krott or contact her at (814) 817-1391.
- All meals are free.
- Breakfast and lunch will be in the meal bags.
- Offsite students can order meals through the School Café app or on the School Café website.
- Meal bags will be available for pick up on Monday and Wednesday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., starting Sept 21.
- Place orders by 9:00 p.m. the day before pick up.
- Elementary pick up location - Parent pick up parking lot.
- High School pick up location - Bus circle.
- The meals will be available at the school the student attends unless you specify a change in the “special instruction” section when ordering.
Food Services Staff
Food Services Director
Mary Kay Templin, RN, CSN
Allergies and Dietary Restrictions