St. Louis Cafeteria

We feed your children with love

Welcome back! We hope you had a safe and wonderful summer vacation.

If you are not sure you qualify, please fill out the application for free/reduced lunch and submit it. It does not hurt to try. We must receive your application before school starts in order for you to be covered (if you qualify). You may also apply anytime during the year if your household has a change (i.e. job loss, addition to household family, etc.) All applications/information received are confidential.

The USDA has no new changes this year, which is good news!

We will allow your child to substitute a peanut butter or peanut butter & jelly sandwich for the main dish if your child chooses. Your child will communicate this choice in the morning with their teacher when the lunch count is taken in their classroom. Although we offer this substitution, please encourage your child to try the main dish as often as possible.

The federal government has set a mandatory rate increase on the price of school lunches for the 2016-2017 school year. They are as follows:

  • Hot lunch (milk included) $1.90/day
  • Reduced hot lunch (milk included $.40/day
  • Milk only $.30/day
  • Adult/Visitor lunch (milk included) $3.00/day

A new lunch calendar will be posted to the website monthly. After reviewing the menu with your child, you can send a check to the school for the days they plan on eating “hot” lunch or receive milk with their packed lunch. You may send payment to cover exactly for the whole month or you may “overpay” to reduce the need for continued check writing. Please make all checks payable to “ST. LOUIS CAFETERIA” and enclose payment in an envelope marked “cafeteria” so they are not misplaced or lost. Please also do not combine with other payments (aftercare, book orders, field trips, etc.)

Payments are entered into a computer system and when your child receives a reimbursable lunch it is logged into the computer and payment is automatically deducted from your account. At the beginning of each month, I will email you your current lunch balance. If you have questions about your balance, please contact me.

Please make sure your account is kept up to date. Lunches are prepaid only. This means the parents have paid for lunch/milk before consuming it. The cafeteria does not accept charges for lunch or milk. Please refer to the Student Handbook regarding additional guidelines/rules pertaining to lunch payments.

Please let me know immediately if your child has any food allergies. We will be able to then discuss what paperwork and accommodations are required.

Daily snacks or treats for birthdays are not to be stored in the cafeteria. The cafeteria is not able to provide necessary serving items for the treats.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at the school when in operation daily from 9:00 am -1:00 pm at 260.749.5815 or by email at

Thank you,
Jennie Van Horn
St. Louis Academy Cafeteria Director