School Nutrition Program

Lincoln Lutheran's school nutrition program's purpose is to meet the nutritional needs of students to better prepare them for learning. Our objectives are to serve nutritious, balanced, and attractive meals and to encourage healthy lifestyles.

We participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) which was established under the National School Lunch Act signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. The program celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016. It is a federally assisted meal program operating in more than 94,000 public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care instructions. It provides a nutritional balanced, low-cost or free lunch to more than 26 million children each day.

Hot Lunch

We offer several healthy choices everyday. Students may choose from the main line or sandwiches. A fruit and vegetable bar is available daily. Students may choose seconds of the main entrée for an additional charge. All charges for lunch will be billed monthly through your FACTS account.

Covid-19 Notes

There may be restrictions in place for part of the 2021-2022 school year that require modification to our normal lunch procedures. For example, lunch staff may be required to serve items to students to avoid having all of the students touch the serving utensils. Other limitations may also be required.

Meal Prices
Student Lunch$3.05
Reduced Price (please apply)$0.40
Free Lunch Price (please apply)$0.00
Adult Lunch$3.85

Offer vs. Serve

Students are encouraged to take all five components of the mainline meal; however, only three components are required. The five components are meat/meat alternate, fruits, vegetables, grains, and fluid milk. A full serving of fruit and/or vegetables must be included in the three components. To help students fulfill this requirement, a fruit and vegetable bar is available daily. 


Students select foods that meet the strict nutritional guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Your student will find whole grains, low-fat salad dressings, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in the lunch line. A variety of cold sandwiches is available daily. Additional specialty and theme items are offered periodically.

Ala carte

We have a variety of baked chips, granola bars, fruit snacks, ice cream, and water available.

Brown Bags

Sack lunches are available from the kitchen for off-site sports and activities. Please fill out an online order form at least one day before the sack lunch is needed.

Bringing in Outside Food 

It is a violation of the National School Lunch Program guidelines for purchased outside lunch to be brought to Lincoln Lutheran students for their consumption from one half hour prior to the beginning of lunch service to one half hour after the end of lunch service.

Wellness and Nutrition Education 

The Nutrition Services staff has a strong commitment to educating our students, staff, and families about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. We share wellness and nutritional tidbits with families throughout the school year.

Wellness Policy 

The Lincoln Lutheran School Association Board of Directors adopted a school-wide Wellness Policy in 2006. Copies are available on request.

Questions regarding the lunch program should be directed to:

Bambi Schmid - School Nutrition Director

Free and Reduced Lunch

Lincoln Lutheran participates in the National School Lunch Program. If a family meets qualifications, free-reduced lunch benefits are available.

Application Process

Applications should be printed, filled out, and submitted to the school office. Applications are also available from the school office. New applications may be made at any time during the year.

  • If you receive Food Stamps, FDPIR or TANF your child will receive benefits. 
  • You must supply your case number when completing an application.
  • If your total household income is at or below the level shown in the income chart on the application, your child may qualify for benefits.
  • If you have a foster child, that child may be eligible for benefits regardless of your income.

Lincoln Lutheran has access to a Direct Certification System, through which you will receive a letter from the school. If you do not receive a letter you will need to complete an application. 

If you currently receive benefits, you must reapply every year. You must complete and return  the application to the Lincoln Lutheran office no later than September 20, 2021 to continue the benefits.


Your eligibility may be checked by school officials at any time during the school year. You may be asked to send information to prove that your child(ren) should receive benefits.

Fair Hearing

If you do not agree with the decision made in your application process, you may discuss it with the school. You have the right to a fair hearing, and may request one by calling or writing: 

Scott Ernstmeyer
1100 N 56 St
Lincoln, NE 68504


The information you provide on the application will be used only to allow your child to receive benefits and to verify eligibility.


You may reapply at any time during the year. If you do not meet qualifications now but have an income or family size change, fill out an application. Benefits are good for the entire school year. In the operation of the child feeding program, no child will be discriminated against. If you believe you have been, write to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and 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/complaint_filing_cust.html 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 form, 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 Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.