The mission of Blackwell Public Schools’ Child Nutrition department is to provide students with healthy, well-balanced meals to maximize educational achievements and develop healthy lifestyles. The Child Nutrition Department participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), National School Breakfast Program (NSBP), Special Milk Program (SMP), After-School Snack Program, and the Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs. These federally assisted programs are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented with the State of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition. All school sites offer a nutritious breakfast and lunch meals that are planned with guidance from the "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" and the USDA "Healthy School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children". Students and staff are encouraged to select healthy choices from a variety of menu items offered each day. All school menus are created centrally and are analyzed to make sure students receive their recommended daily allowances of calories and key nutrients that are appropriate to the student's age group. The Blackwell Public School District Child Nutrition Department prepares and serves an average of 810 students breakfast and lunch meals daily. It is our goal is to introduce a variety of foods that promote growth and development, promote long term health, and develop healthy eating habits.