Nutrition Services

The Amherst Exempted Village School District is recognized as a leader in developing best practices in promoting healthy school nutrition and its important connection to learning. Children and young adults need a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day to be successful learners and have the energy to participate in school activities. The Nutrition Services Department is committed to providing nutritious school meals and educating our children with life-long healthy eating habits. Contact us at 440-988-1991 for information on school meal requirements, nutrition guidelines, healthy lifestyles, and the benefits of school meals.


REMINDER: Please make sure your child has money in their account before going through the breakfast and/or lunch lines. Acceptable payments include cash, check (made payable to "Amherst Nutrition Services"), or online using Pay Schools Central.

  • K-5th: $1.85 (no cost for those that qualify for reduced-price or free meals)
  • 6th-12th: $2.35 (no cost for those that qualify for reduced-price or free meals)   
  • K-5th: $3.35 (no cost for those that qualify for reduced-price or free meals)
  • 6th-12th: $3.60 (no cost for those that qualify for reduced-price or free meals)   
REMINDER: Cash and check payments are accepted at school. Elementary students should have money in an envelope with the student's name written on it. Lunch money should be turned in to the teacher or given to the cashier. To keep lines moving, we do not give change back. Any surplus money will be added to a student's account for future purchases.
If your student is graduated and has a positive balance in their PaySchools account, there are 3 options for you: 
1) Transfer the balance to a sibling, relative or other student of your choice
2) Donate the balance to an account for students who do not have money to purchase breakfast or lunch 
3) Receive a refund 
Please contact Deanne Kelbley to make arrangements for your graduated student's account funds: 440-988-1991.

Food Service Programs

Summer Food Service Program

All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals.

It's easy to participate and no sign up is required. Simply call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or visit for meal times and locations.

Free Health Coverage

Does your child qualify for the School Lunch Program? If so, your family may qualify for free health coverage. Please click on the Healthy Start & Healthy Families flyer for more information!

Food Assistance Resources - Summer and Year Round
Click on this link and type in your address.  It will give you locations of food pantries, churches, community centers, etc where you can access free food. 




Deanne Kelbley is the Nutrition Services Supervisor in the Amherst Exempted Village School District and is a registered, licensed dietitian. Deanne was the Food Service Supervisor in the Beachwood City School District for five years and then came to us after working in the Revere Local School District for eight years. She also is the Public Policy and Legislative Chair for the School Nutrition Association of Ohio Board. Deanne received her undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University, majoring in Community Health. Soon after graduation, she realized she wanted to become a Dietitian. She was a member of the University of Akron's Coordinated Program in Dietetics, finishing her Dietetic requirements in three years.