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  Midwest School Districts Celebrate with Midwest Menu Event


On Thursday, October 6th school districts across the Midwest will celebrate healthy, regional, and sustainable school meals by participating in the Third Annual Midwest Menu event.

Almost 500,000 students, from Detroit to Omaha, including some of the largest districts in the region will participate in the special lunch event.

What does a Midwest Menu look like?  While each tray will look a little different, all participating districts include ingredients sourced from the region.  The one menu item which will be consistent on all of the menus will be a delicious whole muscle drumstick that meets the USDA CRAU Standard for responsible antibiotic use.

At Omaha Public Schools, our students will enjoy a menu featuring foods locally grown or manufactured from Nebraska.  Not only is the day a “Nebraska Thursday” but it is also our “Midwest Menu”

            Ranch Chicken Drummies (Elementary Schools) – from Smart Chicken, Tecumseh, NE.

            Oven Baked Fiery Chicken (Secondary Schools) – from Smart Chicken, Tecumseh, NE.

            Pepped Up Potatoes – from Farmer’s Fresh – O’Neil, NE.

            Fresh Local Apple – from DeGroot’s Orchard, Madison, NE.

            Warm Breadstick – from Rotella’s Bakery, Omaha, NE.

            Cool, Fresh Milk – from Hiland Dairy, various producers within 100 miles of Omaha, NE.

The Midwest Menu is organized by five large districts participating in the Focus Midwest Learning Lab: Chicago Public Schools, Des Moines Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District. The food service directors, staff, and community partners of the Focus Midwest Learning Lab have been working together since 2012 to collectively leverage their purchasing power to improve the quality of food served to public school students. The Learning Lab is a project of School Food Focus, a national non-profit organization which supports school districts to move toward school meals which feature more healthful, regional and sustainable menu items. These five districts alone will serve over 475,000 students through the Midwest Menu event on October 6th.



Parent On-line Payment

Omaha Public Schools is proud to announce we are upgrading our Lunch Account Software to a new system called Primero Edge.  Primero Edge offers an easy-to-use way for parents/guardians to securely and conveniently pay for school meals through SCHOOLCAFE.COM.  The district will be changing to which will be available to you July 1, 2016.  Some of the key features include:

  •         Accepts payments types of  debit or credit cards with a Visa or Master Card logo
  •          Access from any computer 24/7
  •          Low balance email reminders
  •          Automatic payments
  •          Transactions made to your child’s cafeteria account within two hours
  •          Customer Support Services to answer your questions

Mobile App is Available to download

In addition, if your child attends a Middle\High School, you will be able to see the features below.  The district will upgrading the Lunch Account Software to the Elementary Schools throughout the 2016-17 school year.  Once your child’s school is on Primero Edge, you will be able access these features as well (more details to come soon).

  •       Viewing your child’s cafeteria account balance
  •       Review daily spending and purchases

Meal account balances will be carried over to the 2016-17 school year unless a request has been made to refund the student’s balance.

Please Note: A $2.00 minimum balance is required and a convenience fee per transaction amount will be charged.  More information is located at SCHOOLCAFE.COM

Contact Nutrition Services at 531-299-9437 for answers to any additional questions you may have.


Join the Omaha Public Schools Nutrition Services


We are hiring for the 2016-17 school year.


School cafeteria employees are skilled professionals in the food service industry.  No longer referred to as “lunch ladies,” they offer more to students than simply handing out school breakfasts and lunches and are one of many groups of people who contribute to a child’s education.  Working alongside teachers, coaches, counselors, librarians, and other school personnel, cafeteria employees can make a difference in the life of a child.  By preparing and serving healthy meals, they help support the core mission of education, especially when it comes to boosting student’s concentration, focus, and cognitive function. 

If you want to know more about the rewarding career of a Nutrition Services employee, please click on the Employment Opportunities tab at the top of the page.


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