Welcome to Nutrition Services

In the Lorain City Schools, we believe that students who are well fed are ready to learn. The Lorain City Schools Food Service staff is looking forward to serving your scholars nutritious, great-tasting menus that support their achievements in school and promote healthy lifestyles. For more information on this Healthy for Life Commitment click here.  

We provide FREE meals to all students K-12, regardless of economic status. Additional a la carte options are available for purchase at the high school. Meals are provided through Aramark. Be sure to check out our photo gallery to view their bike giveaway award winners! Click here to access MyPayments Plus

Contact Us

Frank Horvatich
Food Service Director
(440) 830-4037

Amanda Allen
Office Manager Food Service
(440) 830-4038

Frequently Asked Questions - Nutrition Services

Where can I find menus? Menus can be accessed at as well as through the district's Mobile App.

What does a full meal include?? Breakfast menus offer a variety of entree, fruit and milk selections daily and when offered a choice students must take at least ½ cup fruit and 2 other items to make a meal. Lunch menus include entrée choices ranging from hot feature items, grill favorites, hearty salads, and sandwiches that provide meat/meat alternates and grains plus milk, fruits and vegetable sides. Many schools offer vegetable and fruit bars with a rainbow of produce like greens, carrots, fresh broccoli, zucchini sticks and seasonal fresh fruits.

Of the 5 components offered, students MUST take at least 1/2 cup of fruit OR vegetable and a minimum of 2 other foods for a reimbursable meal when a choice is offered.

Lunch prices for the 2019-2020 school year are: FREE!

  • Elementary (grades Pre K–6) = No Charge, FREE!
  • Middle school (grades 7–8) = No Charge, FREE! 
  • High school (grades 9–12) = No Charge, FREE!  - A full SECOND Meal may be purchased for $3.00
  • Additional items may be purchased during the lunch serving line: Entrée: $2.00, Bread/Roll: $.30, Potato Side 1 cup (HS only): $1.25, Potato Side ½ cup (Elem. & MS) $.75, Vegetable side: $.60, Fruit side: $.60, 4 oz. Juice: $.60, Milk; $ .50.

Is all the food served by ARAMARK peanut free? We understand and are sensitive to allergies that students have today. Unfortunately, we are not a peanut-free environment, but we take great precaution with students who have allergies. If your child has specific allergies, please contact your school nurse or our office at 440-830-4038.

Is breakfast available for my child? Yes! Breakfast is available to ALL students at no charge, FREE!

How can I put money on account for my student online? Money can be added to your child’s account at any time by sending in an envelope with cash or check made out to “Lorain City Schools Food Service Program.” Your child should give this envelope to the lunch cashier before school. This can be used for an additional lunch, lunch items, or ala carte cart items sold each day. Remember, the envelope should be clearly marked “Lunch Program” with the child’s name, amount, teacher’s room, and parent contact information in the event of any questions. If the payment is for more than one student, indicate how the money should be split (for example, Johnny = $10.00 and Sally=$15.00). Payment can be made in any amount to best suit a family’s budget. Payment can also be made online at

How can I find out what my balance is in my child’s account and his or her purchase history? The easiest way is to create an account with Your child’s purchase history is available one day after the account has been created This site will even enable you set “low balance reminders” that will generate an email to you when your child’s account falls below your preset amount.

Is there a website for the Food Service Department? Yes. You can visit Find menus, meal prices, wellness program information, nutritional facts, and more.

Who can I contact for questions about the Food Service Program or to request a tour of my District’s food service operation?
Please contact Frank Horvatich/Food Service Director at 440-830-4038. Someone will be back in touch with you within 24 hours.

To download a PDF version of these FAQ's click here.

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