Classroom Snacks

  • Student health and wellness is a top priority for the West Des Moines Community Schools. WDMCS Nutrition Services follows the district’s wellness policy (Policy 608.01) in regards to classroom snacks.

    The policy focus on districtwide health initiatives, including:

    • providing access to healthy nutritional food and beverage options for all activities within the school day
    • fostering daily physical activity that embraces a healthy lifestyle.

    Starting in September 2021, WDMCS will again allow classroom snacks and birthday treats during the school day. Staff will prioritize students’ safety and may consider eating snacks outside, in a different space than the classroom, or with a limited number of students eating inside the classroom at one time. Grade level teams will share plans for classroom snacks with their building administrators.

  • Snack Lists

    The following snacks lists are to reference when selecting snacks for activities during the school day and up to 30 minutes after the last bell. These lists are not required for a student's personal lunch or snack.

Snack List FAQs

  • Can I bring homemade treats from home for a classroom party?

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    You may choose snack items from one of the district snack lists for activities during the school day and up to 30 minutes after the last bell. Homemade treats cannot be sold or shared with multiple students during the school day.

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  • What about pre-packed treats from a store?

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    Please select one of the items listed on the store-bought snack list.

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  • Can I still pack whatever I want in my student’s sack lunch from home?

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    Yes. Packing a healthy school lunch is encouraged under the student wellness policy, but there are no restrictions as to what you must pack in a student’s lunch brought from home. Classroom snack policies only regulate what can be sold or shared with multiple students during the school day.

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  • Do I have to purchase a snack for my student that is on the approved snack list?

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    No. Students can bring their own individual snack, and it does not have to be on the list of approved snacks. The approved snack list is for snacks that will be shared with other students, such as classroom parties, birthday treats, or other events. 

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  • WDMCS Nutrition Services can meet all of your catering needs, from a continental breakfast to a lunch meeting to a classroom pizza lunch party. We welcome the opportunity to serve you and customize your special events. Should your plans include items or selections not found on our menu, we would be delighted to customize your event menu for you. Thank you for supporting WDMCS Nutrition Services!

  • Contact Us

    Willow Kriegel
    Nutrition Services Director

    Brianna Shanks
    Nutrition Services Assistant Director 

    Lynnae Gilmore
    Financial Secretary


    Kitchen Managers

    Stilwell, Fairmeadows, Hillside, Walnut Creek
    Valley, Crossroads, Western Hills, LRC
    Valley Southwoods, Jordan Creek, Westridge
    Indian Hills, Clive, Crestview
Last Modified on February 1, 2024