School Nutrition


Eat well.  Grow strong.              


We are pleased to have the opportunity to serve your children healthy school meals and play a role in their academic success.  Our team of culinary professionals are certified in food safety and pack kid friendly menus with nutrition.  From General Tso's Chicken with Brown Rice to Cheddar Jack Steak Burgers.  From Zesty Baked Rotini to Tomato Pesto Flatbreads.  Have you tried school lunch lately?

School Breakfast is served every morning before school in the cafeteria at each building.  Have any slow pokes or late sleepers?  Running late?  Help your kids get ready to learn with this nutrition packed meal!

2018-19 Meal Prices

School (6-8)

High    School  (9-12)               

Breakfast 0.00  0.30 1.45 $1.65 $1.65 $2.00
Lunch 0.00  0.40 2.45 $2.65 $2.65 $3.45
Crave Premium Lunch 0.00  0.40 -- -- $3.75 $3.80
Milk only 0.55  0.55 0.55 0.55 0.55 0.55
VHS Meal No Meal

Snack and Beverage Prices (Middle and High School)

 Payment Options

For your convenience, online payments can be made through Skyward’s Family Access, a small fee applies.  Sign in to the Parent Portal, open Family Access and click on the Food Service Tab.  You can easily monitor your child’s cafeteria account balance, set spending limits, sign up for low balance alerts and view purchases.  There is no fee to manage your child’s account online.  Payments can also be sent to school but must have a prepayment form attached.  Click here to get the form.

Charge Policy

We understand that life is busy and it may be necessary for elementary students to charge meals.  We will never discuss account financial information with elementary children, parents must monitor balances and make deposits when necessary to avoid negative balances.

Middle school students in grades 6-8 are allowed to charge two lunches (no breakfast or snacks).  Once an account has gone negative below that limit, students will not be able to receive meals without cash payment. 

High school students are not allowed to charge any purchases.

We will provide a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with milk (for a limited number of times) so that students who come to school without money or a lunch from home will not go hungry.

Collection Procedure

Weekly phone calls will be made to VCS parents when their child’s account has gone negative.  Parents can manage low balance email reminders through Family Access in Skyward.  Payment plans can be arranged to clear up negative balances.  At the beginning of each year, significant negative account balances from the prior year will be pursued for collection. If referred to an outside agency for collection, parents may accrue additional fees.  Please call the School Nutrition Office at 219-531-3050 for help.

The most commonly asked question:

“I applied for free and reduced lunch.  Why does my child have a negative account balance?”

Applications can take up to 10 days to be approved.  Parents are responsible for paying for meals until they are formally approved for free or reduced price meal benefits.  

It could also be possible that your child is taking a second milk with their meal.  Only one milk is included with the meal.  Additional milks are charged at the full price of .55.

Monitor your child’s purchases easily and often through Skyward’s Family Access.  If you receive a phone call or email that your child’s balance is negative, please review the account right away.  Don’t wait for charged purchases to add up.

Free and Reduced Price Meal and Textbook Assistance Applications are online

Sign in to Skyward’s Parent Portal and open Family Access.  Click on the Food Services tab (on the left).  Click on “applications” (toward top of page).  Paper applications can be printed here or are available at school offices.

Program Compliance with Federal Law
We take compliance with federal regulations seriously and conduct ongoing professional development to stay abreast of changing laws.  The Indiana Department of Education oversees our federal programs and conducts an Administrative Review every three years.  Results of the review are posted on the Indiana Department of Education website:  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:

(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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.