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.  Please see SchoolCafe for Daily Menus

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

P-EBT Information

Director of Food & Nutrition Services
Crystal Gauss
(717) 632-2548 x20105
Email Crystal Gauss

High School Kitchen Head Cook
Sarah Enoff
(717) 632-2548 x21960
Email Sarah Enoff

Middle School Kitchen Head Cook
Leanna Excela
(717) 632-2548 x22960
Email Leanna Excela

Baresville Elementary Head Cook

(717) 632-2548 x23960

Manheim Elementary Head Cook
Kim Zumbrum
(717) 632-2548 x24960
Email Kim Zumbrum

Park Hills Elementary Head Cook
Molly Heck
(717) 632-2548 x25960
Email Molly Heck

West Manheim Elementary Head Cook
Tina Poole
(717) 632-2548 x26960
Email Tina Poole

Additional Information regarding P-EBT can be found here

Free & Reduced Priced Meals

Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications can be completed for the 2022-23 School Year beginning on July 1, 2022. 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. 

Sharing Meal Eligibility Waivers

There are many situations where a student’s meal eligibility can also affect the cost that you pay for things such as testing, technology plans/repairs and athletics. If you would like their eligibility to be shared with these programs you will have to complete and submit a waiver to the Food Service Department. The waiver is located below, as well as the SWSD Food Service Facebook page or @SWSDFood on Twitter. You may also contact the Food Service Department at (717) 632-2500. Once your waiver is received the Food Service Department will be able to share your student’s meal status only when requested and is necessary for another department to determine appropriate fees for you. Your waiver will remain effective until your student graduates, leaves the district or you decide to change it. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Crystal Gauss, Director of Food Nutrition, or Jade Gugliotta, Support Services Secretary.

USDA meal breakdown

For the National School Lunch Program, both breakfast and lunch meal components, calorie, saturated fat, trans fat & sodium required to meet both daily and weekly menus. More information can be founds on the NSLP & Child Nutrition Programs site.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, and American Sign Language) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.