Food & Nutrition Services
Welcome to the Carmel Clay Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department. Our mission is to provide nutritionally balanced meals according to the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Child Nutrition Programs at reasonable cost to students, staff and guests. Our goal is to operate a child focused nutrition program that provides a variety of healthy food choices to ensure students’ readiness to learn while implementing the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The Food and Nutrition Services Department employs 175 food service professionals and serves over 2 million breakfasts, lunches, and snacks at our 17 cafeterias district-wide. Our department takes pride in serving approximately 16,000 students daily at 15 schools, 150 preschool Edu-Care students, and providing the before and after school meals at all 11 elementary schools. School meals are planned and analyzed by a Registered Dietitian reflecting the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, ChooseMyPlate.gov, and student preferences as determined at student taste tests.
The food service program is operated under the federally funded National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act. The federal laws regulating the food service programs are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture through the regional office and implemented by the Indiana Department of Education. The Food and Nutrition Services program is financially self-supporting.