• Welcome to Child Nutritional  Services

    We are a dedicated group of food service professionals, working together to prepare and serve delicious and nutritious meals and snacks to improve the health and wellness of the children in our community.

     

    Eligibility for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals During the Shutdown

    Families can apply for free or reduced-price school meals at any point during the school year. This is a long-standing rule to reflect the many changes in families' economic circumstances that can occur. This practice applies to households with furloughed employees. To apply, families should contact their school nutrition department. School districts also have the flexibility to date the eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals as of the date of the application (rather than the later date on which they approve the application) to provide more immediate support to families. If a school district has questions, they should contact their state child nutrition agency.

     

    How we support Topeka Public Schools

     

    • We serve meals in15 grade schools, 6 middle schools, 3 high schools, 4 alternative education buildings, 5 private schools and 2 preschool buildings. 
    • We utilize the Community Eligibility Provision so students at 19 schools in the district receive free breakfast and lunch meals.
    • Kitchens that prepare food for delivery to other locations are called base kitchens. They are Highland Park High School, French and Topeka High School.
    • There are over 157 staff members in the Child Nutrition Services Department. 
    • We served 825,000 breakfast meals and 1,700,000 student lunches last year.
    • We purchased over 2 million cartons of milk and over 700,000 cartons of juice during one school year.
    • Seven grade schools participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
    • We serve Breakfast in the Classroom at 5 grade schools.
    • We had 18 Summer Food Sites in 2018 and served 6,555 breakfasts meals, 18,167 lunches and 4,154 snacks.
    • We support the “Student’s First” philosophy.
  • Nicole Jahnke 

    General Director of Child Nutritional Services 
    624 SW 24th St. 
    Topeka, KS 66611 
    (785) 295-3037 
    njahnke@tps501.org 

     

    Chris Wagner

    Child Nutritional Services Specialist
    624 SW 24th St. 
    Topeka, KS 66611 
    (785) 295-3076
    cwagnner@tps501.org

     

    Lisa Nelson

    Child Nutritional Services Specialist  
    624 SW 24th St. 
    Topeka, KS 66611 
    (785) 295-3097
    lnelson1@tps501

     

    Kelly Mosher

    Executive Secretary
    624 SW 24th St. 
    Topeka, KS 66611 
    (785) 295-3063
    kmosher1@tps501.org