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Child Nutrition Services

The Support Kids Not Red Tape Act is critical to sustaining school nutrition programs, ensuring children have access to school meals and preventing substantial financial losses for schools nationwide.

We know this is an exceptionally hectic time - which makes it even more important that we raise our voices in support of extending school nutrition program waivers for schools facing acute supply chain disruptions, persistent labor shortages and escalating costs. Currently, waivers will expire June 30th resulting in devastating consequences for these programs and the hungry students that rely on them.

The Support Kids Not Red Tape Act

  • Extends USDA's waiver authority through September 30, 2023.  
  • Directs states to submit a transition plan to USDA so that schools will be prepared and supported when transitioning back to normal National School Lunch Program operations after the waivers end. 
  • Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide technical assistance to states on drafting transition plans and to School Food Authorities on meeting meal standards during the waiver period. 
  • Prevents schools from being penalized for not meeting meal pattern requirements during the waiver period if the violations are due to supply chain disruptions.
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The goal of the Yankton School District Child Nutrition Program is to provide high quality, nutritious meals to all students in our schools. We offer breakfast and lunch at each school building. Menus are available by clicking the appropriate link on the right side of this page.

Nutritional meals are a crucial component to a student’s ability to learn. School meals contain a variety of foods and offer students exposure to new foods. Nourished students will generally have better attendance, be more attentive and have more energy to cope with school-day activities.  
For more information about our program, please contact Laura Horacek, Child Nutrition Director at 605-665-8379 or by email [email protected]
Supply Chain Information
It is no surprise that cafeterias all over the country look quite different these days. From socially distanced tables, outdoor eating areas and masked staff, things are just not the same. Shortages and supply chain issues have brought great challenges at all points of the chain -- from raw materials and manufacturing to packaging and transporting. In addition to food, this shortage affects the paper products used to serve meals, and even the trays that are a mainstay in every cafeteria, among other items. At the same time, many schools are affected by staffing issues, with workers retiring or leaving the profession. Yet, despite these challenges, school nutrition teams are working tirelessly behind the scenes to secure the necessary items needed to provide students with a healthy and balanced meal. In this video, SNA shares what parents need to know about supply chain issues and their current impact on school meals.

Free or Reduced Price Meal Applications can be filled out online by going to https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application. We encourage everyone to complete the application online.  
Paper applications are available for download at the right of this web page.  You are also able to pick an application up at each school building or at the Yankton Schools Administration Building located at 2410 West City Limits Road.
If you have any questions regarding the Free or Reduced Price Meal Application please contact Laura Horacek at 605-665-8379 or by email [email protected]
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1.  Paper Check(s):   Submit your check(s) to the principal’s office for deposit into your child(ren)'s lunch account.  Parents may submit a single check for one (or more) students or separate checks for each student.   Please note the student’s ID number on each check to ensure your child receives proper credit.

2.  MySchoolBucks:  YSD offers an online system called MySchoolBucks that allows parents to make electronic deposits (bank draft or credit card), view account balances, create payment reminders and review purchase history, all in one secure online location.  
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If you have any questions concerning the school child nutrition program, email the Child Nutrition Director, Laura Horacek by email at [email protected] or call (605) 665-8379.




The Yankton School District participates in the National School Lunch Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which permits the school system to offer free and reduced priced meals to students who qualify. Due to reporting requirements, the child nutrition program cannot permit excessive and recurring charges of meals. Customers may, however, pay for meals in advance.


Families who wish to apply for free or reduced meals must complete an application each year. An adult family member of any Yankton School District student may submit an application at any time. Applications may also be submitted online are at: http://www.myschoolapps.com or by following the link on the Child Nutrition Services page of the Yankton School District website. Applications are also available at Yankton School District Business Office or at any YSD School. Applicants are responsible for any meals purchased until a qualifying application is completed and approved.


Students and staff in the Yankton School District may pre-pay for school meals utilizing our point-of-sale lunch account system. Meals can be pre-paid daily, weekly, monthly or even annually. Money can be deposited directly at the school or for your convenience online at www.myschoolbucks.com where you can make deposits using a credit/debit card, monitor accounts and even set up low balance reminders. Parents may also download the free mobile phone app at www.myschoolbucks.com for additional convenience.


Low balance notification may be done by monitoring student account balances with My School Bucks by parents. Child Nutrition staff will send green deposit envelopes home with students who have a negative balance. Green deposit envelopes can be returned to the schools with a check or cash. Please make sure the front of the envelope is filled out with full name of student(s), school and ID#. Child Nutrition staff will also send low balance notifications by email, phone calls and letters. Middle School and High School students will be notified of account balances by the cashiers as they go through the lunch lines.


Yankton School District students will not be denied a reimbursable meal. Students with a negative account will not be able to purchase any ala carte items, including extra milk or milk to go with a sack lunch. Parents are expected to provide money for each student’s meal account on a regular and consistent basis. If a student has a negative account balance and parents are struggling to make payments they should contact

Laura Horacek at the Child Nutrition Office at 605-665-8379 to make arrangements.

Wellness Policy
With the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, PL 105-268, the U.S. Congress established a requirement for all local agencies (including public and nonpublic, as well as Residential Child Care Institutions) with a federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The local agencies are required to develop and implement wellness policies that address nutrition and physical activity by the start of the 2006-07 school years. Criteria are required in meeting the objective: nutrition education, physical activity, nutrition standards, nutrition promotion, and other school based activities. New rules for public input, transparency and implementation were added with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, PL 111-296.
The Yankton School District promotes healthy schools by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The District supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of students.
 The school district will engage a committee composed of students, parents, teachers, (including teachers of physical education), administrators, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing district-wide nutrition and physical activity goals.
 All students in grades Jr. K -12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis. All schools will follow the state physical education requirements.
 Food and beverages sold or served during regular school days will meet the nutrition recommendations and USDA standards of the NSLP.
 Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that will meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, allergy aware and pleasant settings with adequate time for students to eat.
 To the maximum extent possible, the district will participate in available federal school meal programs.
 Schools will follow USDA Guidelines, provide nutrition education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services and other school based activities.
The Child Nutrition/Wellness Committee will monitor and review as necessary, the school nutrition and physical activity programs in each school. The public will be informed and updated about content and implementation of nutrition and activity programs. Policy compliance will be reviewed and annually, including a review of nutrition standards with education goals; physical activity and education goals, and determine areas in need of improvement.
As part of that review, the Wellness Committee will review nutrition standards with education goals; physical activity and education goals; and evaluate the provision of the environment to support healthy eating and physical activity.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: progr[email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.