Student Nutrition

staff-photos - Vanessa McFall

Vanessa McFall, MPH

Student Nutrition Services Supervisor
P: 907.714.8963
F: 907.262.0978

Mealapp – apply for free and reduced meals

Parents or guardians are encouraged to complete their online meal application so children will have access to meal benefits based on their determination the first day of the school year. The application for Free and Reduced Meals to determine benefits and qualify communities for federal funds is online for the KPBSD at

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District 2023-2024 Meal Prices:
Breakfast: Students approved for Free and Reduced meals: $0.00; Grades K-12: $2.50
Lunch: Students approved for reduced meals: $0.40; Grades K-6: $3.50; Grades 7-12: $4.00

The Community Eligible Program (CEP) qualifies every student in the school to receive free meals. KPBSD CEP schools are Nanwalek School, Nikolaevsk School, and Tebughna School.

Regarding student meals in the 2023-2024 school year beginning in August:

  • Online Application: Parents or guardians must reapply each year for free or reduced meal benefits. All applications will be accepted online through the new state portal at If someone does not have access to the internet, each school will have a few paper applications in the school office, or you can stop by the Student Nutrition Services office.
  • Opt-In form required to charge up to two days of meals: Students will not be permitted to charge any meals until parents or guardians have signed an Opt-In form for their child. The Opt-In is included in the online packet, and SNS needs a form completed for each student that a parent gives permission to charge. When completed, students will be allowed to charge up to two days of meals, and no further charges will be allowed until the amount is paid back.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is pleased to announce our participation in the National School Lunch Program. Meals meet nutritional standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Our schools participate in the National School Lunch Program, and School Breakfast Program.

If your income is less than or equal to the following guidelines, you are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. These guidelines are effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. If you have children who are approved for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), they are automatically able to receive free meals by filing an application that includes their assistance number for one of those programs. Students who are migrant, homeless, or runaways are automatically eligible and do not need to fill out an application. Foster children receive free meals regardless of the income of the household with which they reside. Note: Medicaid and Denali Kid Care case numbers do not qualify for eligibility.

An income scale is used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price meals.

Alaska Income Eligibility Guidelines

July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

Reduced Price Meals – 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

Household SizeAnnualMonthly Twice per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeekly
8107,837 8,9874,4944,1482,074
For Each Additional family member add:10,915910455420210

Free Meals – 130% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

Household SizeAnnual MonthlyTwice per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeekly
For Each Additional family member add:7,670640320295148

Student Nutrition Services goals are to:

  • Enhance students ability to learn by providing nutritionally sound and appealing meals
  • Maintain fiscal integrity of the program and eliminate the need for financial assistance from the District’s general fund
  • To become recognized as a part of the educational day within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Nutritional Information

Meal Price Information

Discontinuation of Universal Free Meals: USDA is ending the universal free meals for the 2022-2023 school year. For the 2022-2023 school year, families can apply for free or reduced-price meals starting July 1.


  • Students approved for Free and Reduced meals $0.00
  • Students K-12 $2.50
  • Adults $3.00 excluding milk
  • Second meal $3.00


  • Students approved for Reduced meals $0.40
  • Students K-6 $3.50 / students 7-12 $4.00
  • Adults $5.50 excluding milk
  • Elementary second meal $4.00
  • Secondary second meal $4.50

Opt-In form required to charge meals up to two days of meals: Students will not be permitted to charge any meals this year until parents or guardians have signed an Opt-In form for their child. The Opt-In is included in the online packet, and SNS needs a form completed for each student that a parent gives permission to charge. When completed, students will be allowed to charge up to two days of meals, and no further charges will be allowed until the amount is paid back.

Due to the shortage of product or circumstances beyond our control, menu items are subject to change without notice.

Lunch Menus

The KPBSD Student Nutrition Services team is proud to be providing thousands of breakfast and lunches each year to the eager students that are our guests in 32 sites across the Kenai Peninsula.

We are pleased to offer a variety of appropriate meals to the growing bodies and minds of KPBSD students. As we introduce more whole grains, pastas, fruits and vegetables where possible, we invite your input for menu development.

We accept applications for free or reduced priced meals at any time during the school year. We encourage potential applicants to take advantage of this USDA program as an important support to a child’s success in the classroom.

Vanessa McFall, MPH, Student Nutrition Services Supervisor
139 Park Avenue,
Soldotna, AK 99669

Nutrition Info

The Student Nutrition Services (SNS) department for KPBSD is pleased to prepare and serve breakfast and lunch offerings that are both appealing and nutritious for growing minds and bodies.

KPBSD-SNS is a proud sponsor of USDA-United States Department of Agriculture-breakfast and lunch programs. As a sponsor that receives USDA financial support, we are responsible for supporting USDA nutrition requirements and guidelines.

Our menu development and meal offerings are built with these guidelines as a base.

These guidelines include measurements of calories, nutrients, meal patterns and menu entrees and menu items. The guidelines vary according to student age. Other influences on KPBSD menu offerings include:

  • Student Preference
  • KPBSD Wellness Policy
  • The availability of USDA commodity provisions
  • Current pricing of distributor foods supplies
  • Labor expense associated with preparation of menued foods
  • Seasonal availability of fresh fruits and vegetables also influence menu offerings.
  • SNS responsibility to limit meal program expenses to the revenue received from federal reimbursements and cash sales of meals and ALA Carte services.

USDA nutrient guidelines include target measurements of calories, sodium, whole grains, protein, fruit, and vegetable variety.

Our KPBSD meal programs operate under USDA “Offer vs Serve” guidelines.

Our daily breakfast menus offer one or more entrée choices for the students and a daily option of different cereal choices, fruit, and milk. For a breakfast meal to be considered a complete meal, students must take three separate items; one of the items must be a serving of fruit. Students may take one of the entrée choices or a combination of the cereal and one other grain item listed.

Our daily lunch menus offer five different components: Meat/Meat Alternate, fruit, vegetable, grain, and milk. For a meal to be a complete meal and qualifies for meal benefits, the student may select all the menu items offered but must take at least three of the five different components; one of the components must be the fruit and/or vegetable offering.

For more information regarding USDA sponsored National School Lunch Programs and National School Breakfast Programs, the following links are provided:

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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. 20250-9410; or

2) Fax

(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

3) Email

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.