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Program History

History of School Lunch Programs National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

Missouri's own President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act on June 4, 1946.  Though school food service began long before 1946, the Act authorized the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).   The legislation came in response to claims that many American men had been rejected for World War II military service because of diet-related health problems.  The federally assisted meal program was established as "a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities."

The National School Lunch Act has since been amended numerous times.  Public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions may participate in the NSLP.  This program also offers after school snacks at site that meet eligibility requirements.  The NSLP is celebrated each year during National School Lunch Week in October.

School Breakfast Program

On October 11, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.  The Act established the School Breakfast Program (SBP).  The SBP is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.  President Johnson remarked during the signing of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, "good nutrition is essential to good learning."  Appropriately, this Act was signed during National School Lunch Week.  The SBP is celebrated annually during National School Breakfast Week in March.


Ginger Thompson, RDN, LD
Director of Nutrition Services 

Dana Seiler, Assistant Director

Andrea Wilhoit, RDN, LD
Nutrition Services Coordinator

Karen Atherton, Administrative Assistant

Deborah Falke, Administrative Assistant

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Cafe Managers & Lead Cooks

Brandy Summers - Manager
Blue Ridge Elementary 

Diana Scarcello - Manager
Eastwood Hills Elementary

Karen Muncy - Manager
Fleetridge Elementary

Joe Legler - Manager
Laurel Hills Elementary

Allison Kirke - Manager
Little Blue Elementary

Nicole Epperson - Manager
Norfleet Elementary

Lisa Welch - Manager
Raytown Central Middle School
Northwood School

Cathy Mancuso - Manager
Raytown High School
Raytown Success Academy

Ken Ricketts - Manager
Raytown Middle School
Laurie Boulware - Manager
Raytown South High School

Lavetta Hatcher Oakes - Manager
Raytown South Middle School

Monica Hardin - Manager
Robinson Elementary

Kim McNutt - Manager
Southwood Elementary

Jessica Brooks - Manager
Spring Valley Elementary

Kelly Knapp - Manager
Westridge Elementary

Brigid Read - Manager
Three Trails Preschool