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    Welcome to Hanover Central Nutrition Services

    There are many questions about the School Lunch Program being offered here at the Hanover Community School Corporation. The United States Department Agriculture (USDA) has implemented many changes in our School’s Breakfast and Lunch Program.  The Breakfast and Lunch Programs are federally funded programs and we have to follow their new Rules of Nutrition Standards.


    There were many changes in the USDA School Breakfast and Lunch Program for the School year 2014-2015.  Portions were a major change with the new requirements.  The main entrée sizes decreased for the Elementary and Middle Schools and the High School will be staying the same, but we have added many new options at each school.  At this time the portions for fruit and vegetable servings will be staying the same.  All of the changes are due to the new Rules of Nutrition Standards from the USDA. 

    The new standards will allow us to offer healthier snack foods for our children, while limiting junk food served to students during the school day. Students are still be able to buy snacks that meet common-sense standards for fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium, while promoting products that have whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein foods as their main ingredients.  All a la carte items for sale meet these limitations.  An a la carte item is anything not included in a combo meal.  Vending machines will still be “turned off” until after school and food for sale fundraisers that happen during school hours will be limited to 2 per year per school, 1 day each. The intent of these standards is not to limit popular snack items, but instead to provide snack foods for students that are healthier. For example, chips would still be allowed, in healthier versions such as baked tortilla chips, baked corn chips, and baked potato chips. Hanover Nutrition Services is selling a la carte items that meet these standards.  The children have seen very little change in their a la carte selections each day.  Click here for more information.

    Even though the new Smart Snack standards do not apply to any foods bought off-campus, after school hours or brought to school in bagged lunches, the Hanover Community Schools Wellness Policy does.  The corporation has been working on updating our wellness policy to meet more new USDA and IDOE standards.  Birthday celebrations, classroom snacks and food rewards are being looked at to meet upcoming rules. 


    As we work on our menus, we will comply with the New Rules of the Nutrition Standards.  If you have questions or concerns please email me at mphilipp@hanover.k12.in.us


    Michelle Philipp

    Director of Nutrition Services

    10120 W 133rd Ave
    Cedar Lake  IN  46303
    fax 219.374.3898 


    Mission Statement
    As a partner in education, the Hanover Nutrition Services Department shall contribute to a successful academic experience and will encourage a lifetime of healthy eating habits by providing each student with the affordable opportunity to consume meals that are nutritious, appealing, and served by caring professionals in a pleasant environment.

    "Food Service - Fuel for Student Achievement "

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    Program Overview
    We are self operated (not operated by an outside management company) with an operating budget of approximately $825,000.
    We are self funded- supporting our budget & growth through our own revenue.
    We serve on average over 2500 meals daily in 4 kitchens (student population of approx. 2000).
    Our meals are made fresh in our own kitchens.
    Our department employs 26 caring professionals with an average of 7.5 years experience in serving the students of Hanover, most of which have children attending Hanover.
    98% of our staff is certified in the nationally recognized health & sanitation course ServSafe.
    Our cafeterias are inspected by the local Health Department two times a year and 100% compliance is our norm.  
    Menu Prices 2021-2022
    Elementary Breakfast  $0.00                       Middle Breakfast              $0.00
    Elementary Lunch $0.00                       Middle Lunch                   $0.00
    Milk $0.50                       High Breakfast                  $0.00
                                      High Lunch                       $0.00
    Kitchen Managers & Director
      RaeLynn   Kelli   lunch lady  lunch lady Angel   Michelle
    Hanover  Middle School
    RaeLynn Janes
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    Jane Ball Elementary
    Kelli Ribicki
    Lincoln Elementary
    Raquel Gonsiorowski
    Hanover Central
    High School
    Linda Marks 
    Nutrition Services Office Manager
    Angel Hoover 
    Nutrition Services
    Michelle Philipp





    The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. It is the policy of the Indiana Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability, in its programs, activities, or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Law (I.C. 22-9-1), Title VI and VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964), the Equal Pay of 1973, Title IX (Educational Amendments), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USCS § 12101, et seq.). Inquiries regarding compliance by the Indiana Department of Education with Title IX and other civil rights laws may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Indiana Department of Education, Room 229, State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798, or by telephone to (317) 232-6610 or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 111 North Canal Street, Suite 1053, Chicago, IL, 60606-7204 (312) 886-8434 – Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.


    Non-Discrimination Statement

    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:  http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: program.intake@usda.gov.


    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Last Modified on June 15, 2022