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School Nutrition Services

Deborah Thompson
BS, MS in Dietetics, MA in Teaching, SNA Level 3 
(502) 349-7000, ext. 2327
Director of School Nutrition

Marsha Glass
(502) 349-7000 ext. 2306
Account Clerk for School Nutrition


The Nelson County Board of Education Department of Nutrition Services plays a vital role for the school district and the education of our students.  By providing healthy meal choices and encouraging good eating habits, we play an important part in the development and education of all students in our district.

Improved nutrition has both the potential to positively influence students’ academic performance and improve student behavior states the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project and the Cornell Center for Behavior Economics research. 

Though researchers are still working to definitively prove the link, existing data suggest that with better nutrition, students are better able to learn, students have fewer absences, and students’ behavior improves, causing fewer disruptions in the classroom. Several studies show that nutritional status can directly affect mental capacity among school-aged children.

Because improvements in nutrition make students healthier, students are likely to have fewer absences and attend class more frequently.  Studies have shown that malnutrition leads to behavior problems, and that sugar has a negative impact on child behavior.  However, these effects can be counteracted when children consume a balanced diet that includes protein, fat, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Thus students can have more time in class, and fewer interruptions in learning over the course of the school year. 

Some of the healthy initiatives adopted by our Nutrition Department include:

  • Over the course of the school week: less than 30% of calories are from fat, less than 10% of calories are from saturated fat and no foods with trans-fat are served
  •  Deep fryers have been removed from all cafeterias in the district
  • More fresh fruits and vegetables are served at both breakfast and lunch
  • Whole-grain products are incorporated into our menus
  • Primary cooking is done through the process of baking and steaming which helps in the retention of nutrients and lowers the need for fat to be added to foods
  • Sweets and desserts are limited in the menus

Every student has the potential to do well in school and the Nelson County Department of Nutrition Services has made it our goal to provide well-balanced, nutrient-dense food choices in our schools that will help set students up for a successful future full of possibilities!  


We offer the MySchoolBucks payment system from Heartland School Solutions. With MySchoolBucks, you can add money to your child’s meal account, view account balances and recent purchases, and set up notifications for upcoming payments — from the convenience of your home, office, or on-the-go with our mobile app. Opt-out of electronic payments by downloading and completing this PDF form.

Community Eligibility Provision

Bloomfield Elementary School, Boston School, Horizons Academy and New Haven School participate in the Community Eligibility Provision free-meal program. Read about it here.

Free or Reduced-Priced Meals Application

Click here to download an application for free or reduced-priced meals.

Click here for how to apply for free or reduced-price meals.

Click here for the USDA web page which has translated  Free and Reduced Applications.

Click here to see the Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free or Reduced Applications.

Click here to read the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.

Media Releases

Click here to download Media Release for CEP Schools.

Click here to download Media Release for Non-CEP Schools.

Meal Charge Policy - Updated for SY 17-18 - Check it out

Click here to download. Meal Charge Policy applies to all Nelson County Schools.

School Meal Prices 

2017-2018 Meal Price Chart

Cycle Menus

2017 - 2018 Early Learning Center Breakfast & Lunch Menus
2017 - 2018 K-5 Breakfast & Lunch Menus
2017 - 2018 K-8 Breakfast & Lunch Menus
2017 - 2018 6-8 Breakfast & Lunch Menus
2017 - 2018 High School Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Nelson County Local Wellness Policy

The Nelson County School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect student health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. 

Click here to read our Welfare and Wellness Policy [pdf].

Click here to read the SY16-17 District Overview Assessment of our Schools’ Local Wellness Policies [pdf].

Click here to read the WellSAT assessment of our District Local Wellness Policy [pdf].

NUTRIKIDS Point of Sale

The NUTRIKIDS Point of Sale system brings a new level of simplicity to the school meal program. The system handles all purchases, including free or reduced meals, in the same way. Read more about it here.

Tray Talk


Breakfast Program

Click here to read about the district breakfast program and the benefits of a nutritious breakfast.

Healthy Snack Ideas