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Lower Merion School District


Nutritional Services

LMSD Nutritional Services provides more than 3,250 meals per day in the District’s 11 public schools. This includes a full service breakfast and lunch program. The department also offers extensive catering services for meetings, banquets and special events.

Each school has a fully equipped kitchen and all food is prepared on site. Students carrying their own lunches may purchase assorted milk products and 100% juices as well as à la carte products. The District participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program, which provides free and reduced-price lunches based upon need.  Information regarding breakfast and lunch programs is distributed on the first day of school. Menus for elemen­tary, middle and high schools are published regularly on the District website.

LMSD Nutritional Services has taken a leadership role in the effort to promote healthy choices in the school cafeteria. The District was among the first in Pennsylva­nia to eliminate the use of cooking oils that contain trans-fats and became the first District in the state to eliminate all items with trans-fats from the menu. The District’s Nutrition Committee – composed of parents, dietitians, and faculty – has worked together to provide wellness and nutrition activities that promote healthful eating through nutrition education and a school environment that is supportive of healthful eating. The District employs a full-time dietitian.

Food Supply Chain Challenges

The School Nutrition Association has created the video below to explain some of the supply chain challenges being faced by school meal providers nationwide. The LMSD Nutritional Services team appreciates everyone’s patience and understanding and is continuing to work very hard to provide delicious and nutritious meals for our students.

Karen Castaneda, MBA, RD, LDN
Director of Nutritional Services:
Phone: (610) 645-1934
301 E. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003