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School Nutrition



The School District of La Crosse believes that a healthy, well-nourished, active child is better prepared to learn. We provide well-balanced, nutritious food choices that contribute to lifelong eating habits.

Join Us for Meals!
The School District of La Crosse offers both breakfast and lunch at all of our sites, each day. Eating breakfast and lunch positively affects learning in children in both school performance and behavior. Our meals are both healthy AND delicious! Each meal includes low-fat milk, Farm to School/locally grown fruits and vegetables, protein foods and whole grains. Our meals contain less sodium and no trans-fats! Students are required to choose at least three of the five components offered, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable. Students will also frequently see menu items that include produce from our school gardens and beef that comes from a local farmer! 

“Smart Eats” is our school nutrition program’s exciting initiative designed to incorporate fresh, locally grown produce into students’ daily diets. The program’s goals are to teach children that healthy foods taste good and are fun to prepare. We host a farm-to-school program, fresh fruit and vegetable snack program, student and adult cooking classes, fine dining after-school program, school gardens, farm tours, and cooking contests.

Contact Information

Kadie Haug

Nutrition Supervisor
(608) 789-7637

Janita Lee

Administrative Assistant
(608) 789-7625

Ilkay Baseski

Nutrition Specialist
(608) 789-8428

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns not addressed on our web page, please feel free to contact us using this form.

Challenges This Year ~ Menu Changes Are Highly Likely


The School District of La Crosse Nutrition Department is experiencing supply-chain interruptions due to limited product availability, nationwide transportation challenges, and supplier labor shortages. Please know our department is working diligently to minimize the effect this may have on our students.

Product shortages will remain until the supply chain stabilizes. Menu changes are highly likely during these times. All students will continue to be offered meals that meet USDA menu requirements, and nutrition standards, and are student-preferred options. To get daily menu change announcements please visit the web menu of the school your child attends

    Planning ahead to 2023-2024 School Year


    The funding to offer free meals for all was only during the pandemic. This funding ended during the 2023-2024 school year. We are no longer able to offer free meals to all student in the School District of La Crosse.

    A new Free/Reduced meal application will be needed in order receive Free/Reduced-priced meals during the 2023-2024 school year.

    New application forms will be available after July 1, 2023. As additional information becomes available, we will be posting information to the La Crosse School District and School Nutrition website in addition to sending a Back-to-School mailing this summer to all families.

    Completing the Free/Reduced Application is necessary for all families as this information helps determine additional funding for enhanced education opportunities to your child’s school.

      Join Our Team!

      The School District of La Crosse does not accept paper applications or unsolicited applications/resumes. To be given full consideration for an open position with our District, please establish an account in WECAN and closely follow the application instructions listed in the job posting.

      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:

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