Child Nutrition

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It is the goal of the Child Nutrition Department to better educate the students of the Van Buren School district in the role of good nutrition and the importance of making nutritious choices at meal time. All schools in the district operate under the Horizon/Onesource meal program.

Each menu is planned using USDA nutrition guidelines adopted by the Arkansas Department of Education. Elementary school cafeterias use the “Offer vs Serve” plan, which allows children to make choices for their meals. Students in grades 6-12 are allowed more flexibility through the “Scramble System” and have the option of the main dish, basket meal, or salad bar during lunch.

VBSD Breakfast and Lunch Menus


Meal Costs

Breakfast and lunch will be provided FREE to all students, K-12, for the 2021-2022 school year.

The USDA announced that it would extend the free meals initiative to help families and to ensure students have access to nutritious food. Free meals are available to all students ages 18 and under.  (See media release below for additional details.) 

All food lines at all schools apply, but students will still be charged for special à la carte items.

All adults, e.g., visitors, teachers, support staff members, and administrators, must assume the full cost of meals. Breakfast is $2.50 and lunch is $3.50. 


Meal Payment

K-12 students are issued a number which is entered as the student comes through the meal line. Food costs are deducted from the account and a daily record is maintained. Parents may send a check or cash to school to pay on their child's meal account. They may also make payments online at the MyPaymentsPlus website for a fee of 4.75% per transaction. Parents can view their child's account on the MyPaymentsPlus website at no charge. Parents may request a record of their child’s meal activity and payments. Questions regarding payment options, help with online payments, or a child’s meal account activity can be answered by the school cafeteria manager or by calling the VBSD Child Nutrition Office at 479-474-4736.


Free & Reduced Meal Applications

Families are NOT required to complete a free/reduced meals application to receive free meals for the 2021-22 school year. 

Households who wish to complete a meals application can complete the process online at https://vanburen.strataapps.com.

Paper applications for free or reduced meals may be picked up from each school office or the Child Nutrition Department in the VBSD Service Center, located at 2804 Industrial Park Road.

For additional information concerning Child Nutrition contact Roy Kendrick, Child Nutrition Director, at 479-474-4736.


2021-2022 Free and Reduced Price Meals Chart

Free Meals Extended through 2021-2022 School Year Media Release

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Additional information

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: How to File a Comolaint, 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:


1.    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-941O;
2.    Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3.    Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.