The Nutrition Services Department cultivates a climate of healthy lifelong nutritional habits, supporting students, staff and administrators with reliable information, providing quality meals and responsive services, enhancing nutrition education and encouraging teamwork throughout Lawrence Public Schools.

The LPS Nutrition Service Department is funded by the revenue from meals purchased by students and staff, and is supplemented by funding from state and federal reimbursements based on the number of meals served for breakfast, lunch and snacks. These are external funds, which are maintained in a revolving fund and are not included in net school spending.

This self-sufficient operation supports principals with the daily operation of the meals program in their individual schools. Responsibilities include:

  • Menu development, distributing vendor orders, school deliveries and operating satellite programs
  • Developing and implementing staff development, recommendations regarding staffing issues, arranging for substitute coverage and maintaining kitchen equipment.
  • Linking nutrition education with food services
  • All financial aspects of operating the department including workmen’s compensation, health insurance cost, and retirement benefits.
  • Sustaining and submitting required state reports to the DESE, approving and preserving records of all students’ free and reduced applications (currently 83.9% of enrolled students are eligible).
  • Collecting, analyzing, and distributing Nutrition Service Department data within the district for the school administration to create an informed decision process.

District Wellness Policy

The Lawrence School Committee supports lifelong healthy eating habits and positive physical activity for all students and staff in the Lawrence Public Schools, and recognizes the important relationship between wellness and academic success. The following Wellness Policy addresses the District’s comprehensive approach to promote healthy lifestyles and appropriate nutritional practices for all students.

Meal Prices

  • Breakfast: free of charge
  • Elementary lunch: $1.00
  • High school lunch: $1.50

Students may pay daily, weekly or monthly. Prepayments should be submitted to the Nutrition Service Office at the student’s school or at the High School Campus Nutrition Services Office.

Students may be eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Yearly applications for reduced-price meals may be obtained at and submitted to any school or at the Nutrition Services office. Parent/guardian will be notified of students’ eligibility status.

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District Nutrition Service Statistics

Average Daily Participation (ADP)

  • Breakfast Program – 3,471
  • Lunch Program – 9,371
  • Afterschool Snack Program – 829

Summer Meals Program (FY 06 figures)

  • Daily Breakfast Participation – 697
  • Daily Lunch Participation – 2418
  • Snack - 168

Low Income Data

83.9% of Lawrence Public Schools’ students are eligible for free or reduced meal as determined by Oct 1, 2007, school data.


Nutrition Service Contacts



Nutrition Service Resources

The following resources have been provided to help community members learn more about wellness, nutrition, food safety and food quality.