Food Service

As a partner in the NSLP, South Western School District is required to follow strict guidelines to be eligible for Federal and State subsidies. These subsidies come in the form of financial reimbursement and donated commodity foods. The district follows the traditional menu planning meal pattern to monitor the daily intake of calories, fats, calcium, iron, protein, vitamins, cholesterol, sodium, fiber and carbohydrate values.

What's available?

We utilize the “Offer vs. Serve” theory to food service. Students must select between three and five meal components each day to meet the requirements of the NSLP. The components consist of: meat/meat alternate, bread, vegetable, fruit, and fluid milk. Only the child can decide what to eat on any given day. In order for the meal to qualify, students are required to take a vegetable and/or a fruit.

Elementary Schools

Students may select from the three district-wide meals each day. Also, student salads are available as an entree. In addition, a wide array of fruit and vegetables are available to complete the meal.

Emory H. Markle Middle School

As students get older and more responsible, we allow them more liberty in their meal selections. Students at EHMMS can select from pizza, taco nachos, sandwich or entree of the day. We also offer a fresh, made to order sub, sandwich or salad bar that can qualify as part of the meal. Snacks are available at the registers for students who wish to purchase these. All of the snacks offered to meet the guidelines of the Wellness policy so they are low in sugar and fats.

South Western High School

“Grazeland” is a bustle of activity. Additional meal selections here include: pizza of the day, entrée of the day, sandwich of the day and pasta of the week, there is also a fresh, made to order sub, sandwich or salad bar that can qualify as part of the school meal. Students also have a wider variety of a la carte items to choose from, but as always we strive for the nutrient values of a full NSLP meal.

Find A Meal Site

Find a summer food service program meal site near you:
Call 211, 1-866-3-Hungry, or 1-877-8Hambre
Text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877877


Director of Food & Nutrition Services
Crystal Gauss
(717) 632-2548 x20105
[email protected]

High School Kitchen Head Cook
Sarah Enoff
(717) 632-2548 x21960
[email protected]

Middle School Kitchen Head Cook
Betsy Fuller
(717) 632-2548 x22960
[email protected]

Baresville Elementary Head Cook
Allison McClain
(717) 632-2548 x23960
[email protected]

Manheim Elementary Head Cook
Kim Zumbrum
(717) 632-2548 x24960
[email protected]

Park Hills Elementary Head Cook
Molly Heck
(717) 632-2548 x25960
[email protected]

West Manheim Elementary Head Cook
Bonnie Laughman
(717) 632-2548 x26960
[email protected]

P-EBT Information


Additional Information regarding P-EBT can be found at

Free & Reduced Priced Meals

Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications can be completed for the 2017-18 School Year beginning on July 1, 2017. An application can be completed at any time throughout the year if your situation changes. The easiest and fastest way to complete your applications is by logging into Schoolcafe. If you would need a paper application they are available in any school office or from the Food Service Office.

Special Dietary Concerns

School cafeterias must provide substitutions or modifications to children with disabilities as based on a written prescription from a licensed physician at no additional cost. South Western's cafeterias will also make every attempt to modify meals for students without disabilities but with medically certified special dietary needs. Disabilities may include but are not limited to food anaphylaxis, metabolic diseases, orthopedic, visual, speech, and hearing impairments, heart disease, cancer, and HIV. Other special dietary needs will be handled on a case by case basis. A special dietary need may consist of a food intolerance or non-life threatening allergy. All Medical Statements should be directed to the district food services office located at 225 Bowman Road.

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:, 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:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

E-mail: [email protected]

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