Food & Nutrition

Two children eat lunch.

More than 350 employees at 63 locations work to make sure that nutritious food is provided daily.

Throughout the school year, more than 350 employees at 63 locations work to make sure that nutritious and safe food is provided to the students and staff of Des Moines Public Schools. On any given school day, nearly 13,000 breakfasts, 22,000 lunches and 1,500 snacks are served in our schools.

Twenty eight elementary schools participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides a daily fruit or vegetable snack. Summer meals are provided at no cost at more than 30 locations during June, July, and August. Additionally, nutrition educators provide lessons and tastings in K-3 classrooms at 32 elementary schools

All children at DMPS schools may purchase meals, meeting federal nutrition standards, through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, but families with incomes at or below 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Families receive applications for the free and reduced price program at the start of the school year.

DMPS school nutrition professionals care for the children they serve, and through strict food safety procedures and staff training, school nutrition professionals maintain a superior safety record while providing nutritious meals to thousands of children each day. Some of the steps schools take to ensure their meals are safe include:

  • Taking at least two internal temperatures from each batch of food being cooked.
  • Maintaining records of cooking, cooling, and reheating temperatures in the food preparation process – the basis for periodic reviews of the overall food safety program.
  • Prechilling all salad ingredients to help maintain cold food temperatures.
  • Preheating transfer carts before food is transported.

Click on the links to the right to find out more about our food service program.

DMPS Wellness Policy

Click here to download a copy of the DMPS Wellness Policy.  If you wish to be part of the DMPS Wellness Committee please call Amanda Miller, 242-7636.

Food & Nutrition

Amanda Miller, Director

Address: 1225 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
P: 515-242-7636 | F: 515-242-8118 | E: