• Kiona-Benton City School District Food Services Department

    Contact Information:

    Jennifer Long, Director of Food Services
    1105 Dale Avenue
    Benton City, WA 99320
    (509) 588-2037
    Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.   (John W. Whitehead)


    The Kiona-Benton City School District Food Service Staff recognizes the importance good nutrition plays in the education of our students. Our goal is to serve top quality, nutritious meals in a pleasant environment.

    Current Meal Prices

    Elementary/Middle School Breakfast $1.50
    High School Breakfast $1.75
    Elementary School Lunch $2.85
    Middle School Lunch
    High School Lunch 
    Adult Breakfast $2.25
    Adult Lunch $3.75
    Milk $0.40

    Meal Charge Policy

    In order to allow students to receive nutritious meals, prevent over-identification of students with insufficient funds to pay for school meals, and maintain the financial integrity of the nonprofit school nutrition program. The District will establish a written meal charge process for students eligible for reduced price meals and students that are not eligible for meals. The meal charge policy will be communicated to households each year so that school district employees, families and students have a shared understanding of expectations regarding meal charges.

    Unpaid Meal Charges

    The District's Meal Charge Policy will also address unpaid meal charges. Students who qualify for free meals will not be denied a reimbursable meal, even if they have accrued a negative balance from previous purchases. Students with outstanding meal charge debt will be allowed to purchase a meal if the student pays for the meal when it is received.

    The District will make reasonable, discrete efforts to notify families when meal account balances are low.

    Negative balances of more than $30.00 not paid prior to the end of the month will be turned over to the School Counselor or the School District. The District will make reasonable, discrete effort s to collect delinquent (overdue) unpaid meal charges, which is an allowable use of National School Food Service Account (NSFSA) funds, and will coordinate communications with families to resolve the charges.

    District employees may charge 2 lunches only. Employees will not be allowed to charge additional meals or a la carte items until the negative account balance Is paid.

    Paying for School Meals

    Families can pay online: MyMealTime

    Send cash or a check with your student, or visit the Food Service Office .

    Qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meals

    Your child may qualify for free or reduced price meals. Paper applications are available and are sent home at the beginning of each school year. We have 10 days to process them. Families are encouraged to complete an application for Free or Reduced priced meal benefits anytime during t he school if their personal income situation has changed.

    Procedures for Kiona- Benton City School District 2017-2018 School Year

    It is the responsibility of parents or guardians to prepay for school meals; provide a breakfast or lunch from home; or complete an annual application establishing eligibility for free or reduced­ price meals. The application may take up to 10 days to process. Nutrition Services is unable to use state or federal funds to forgive student meal debt and has established guidelines to help families manage cafeteria accounts.

    Elementary s tudents are allowed to charge 5 lunches. Of course, we will notify you when your student needs more lunch money. After the 4th charge we may call and remind you that your student only has one charge left.

    High School students and Staff will be able to charge 2 lunches.

    Two weeks prior to the last day of school. no charges will be allowed. You need to have money in your child's account or cash when you want to have a meal.

    Questions about your account, 

    please contact Tenneile Thompson between 8:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. @ (509) 588-2038.