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Food Services

The Turner Unified School District Food Service Department, in partnership with Opaa! Foods, offers convenient and nutritious meals for all students in Preschool through 12th grade.  

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO FREE/REDUCED MEALS FOR 22 - 23

There is an important change coming to school meals for the upcoming 22 – 23 school year. The USDA program that has provided free school meals to all students during the COVID-19 pandemic is ending on June 30th. This means that unless qualifying families turn in a free/reduced meal application, they will need to pay full price for meals when school starts in August. 

We encourage you to complete the free/reduced meal application for the 22 – 23 school year as you may be eligible to continue receiving the free meal benefit. When this application becomes available on July 1st, the district will send out information on how to complete and submit the free/reduced meal application for the 22 – 23 school year.

Families who receive benefits through SNAP, TANF, or the foster care system are already enrolled in the free school meal benefits and do not need to submit an application

The free meals, which are safe, nutritious, and delicious, help extend family food budgets too. For more information, contact Megan Rabun, Food Services Coordinator, at (913) 288-4141.

school meal nutrition guidelines

Breakfast includes three of the following components as regulated by federal guidelines: 

  • Milk- an 8oz serving
  • Meat/meat alternative (e.g. cheese stick, yogurt, or egg)
  • Vegetables (e.g. romaine, kale, baby carrots)
  • Fruits (e.g. whole fresh fruit, low sugar canned fruit)
  • Breads and/or grains (e.g. pancakes, french toast)

The USDA strictly specifies portion size, as well as allowable calories, saturated fat and sodium content of each breakfast.  Students must choose at least three items, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable to receive school breakfast pricing.  Above examples are not all encompassing, nor are they served everyday.

Lunches include five components regulated by federal guidelines, a minimum of three must be chosen:

  • Milk- an 8oz serving
  • Meat/meat alternative (e.g. chicken, beef, turkey, peanut butter, yogurt, cheese, etc.)
  • Vegetables (e.g. romaine, kale, baby carrots)
  • Fruit (e.g. fresh whole fruit, low sugar canned fruit)
  • Breads and/or grains (e.g. rice, barley, hamburger bun, pizza crust)

The USDA strictly specifies portion size, as well as allowable calories, saturated fat and sodium content of each school meal.  Students much choose at least three components, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable to receive school lunch pricing. Above examples are not all encompassing, nor are they served everyday.

student wellness policies

The Turner School District is committed to providing school environments that support healthy eating, physical activity, and other school based activities that promote student wellness.  Student wellness policies have been approved by the Board of Education and include a committee that meets at least once per year to assess the implementation of wellness policies and fine tune goals.  Turner USD would like you to be part of the District Wellness Committee.  If you are interested, please contact Megan Rabun at boatrightm@turnerusd202.org or (913) 288-4141.

JOIN OUR TEAM! OPAA EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Opaa! Food Management Inc. is seeking cooks and substitutes for the Turner School District's Child Nutrition Program.

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child? Do you enjoy working in the kitchen?  Opaa! wants you to join our team to deliver nutritious home cooked meals.  This is a great opportunity for someone seeking work Monday through Friday during the school year.  Opaa! offers competitive wages, merit increases, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, advancement opportunities, and free meals. If interested, please use the Opaa! Employment Application found on the Opaa! website under "careers". 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, it Agencies, offices, 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-program-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer, 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 for, 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 Ave, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

CONTACT US

Food Services Department
800 S. 55th St.
Kansas City, KS 66106

Suzanne Alston
Opaa! Food Service Director
(913) 288-4143
alstons@turnerusd202.org

Jessica Lucas
Opaa! Food Service Assistant Director
(913) 288-4142

Megan Rabun
Food Service Coordinator
(913) 288-4141
boatrightm@turnerusd202.org