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Carmel Clay Schools
Food and Nutrition Services
5201 East Main Street
Carmel, Indiana 46033
Director: Jennifer McFarland, RD

Welcome to the Carmel Clay Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department.  Our mission is to provide nutritionally balanced meals according to the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Child Nutrition Programs at reasonable cost to students, staff and guests.  Our goal is to operate a child focused nutrition program that provides a variety of healthy food choices to ensure students’ readiness to learn while implementing the 2010 Dietary Standards for Americans.

The Food and Nutrition Services Department employs 175 food service professionals and serves over 2 million breakfasts, lunches, and snacks at our 17 cafeterias district-wide.  Our department takes pride in serving approximately 16,000 students daily at 15 schools, 175 preschool Edu-Care students, and providing the before and after school meals at all 11 elementary schools.  School meals are planned and analyzed by a Registered Dietitian reflecting the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans,, and student preferences as determined at student taste tests. 

The food service program is operated under the federally funded National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act.  The federal laws regulating the food service programs are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture through the regional office and implemented by the Indiana Department of Education.  The Food and Nutrition Services program is financially self-supporting. 

Click here for more information on free and reduced meals.

Frequently Asked Questions


Free Features for Families!

The Food Service Department has partnered with myPaymentsPlus to provide Carmel Clay Schools’ families with an easy-to-use, efficient way to make online payments quickly and securely at your convenience.

FREE Online Payments

  • myPaymentsPlus can be used to fund students’ accounts with a credit card, debit card or bank transfer with NO SERVICE CHARGE. Parents do not have to use the funding feature in order to access the other functions of myPaymentsPlus.

FREE Reminders

  • myPaymentsPlus has an electronic notification system that will send “low balance” emails. The notification feature MUST BE ACTIVATED within myPaymentsPlus and proceed with the onscreen instructions. The default balance for notices is $10, but parents can select a different amount. In response to parent feedback, CCS no longer automatically provides courtesy emails or phone calls regarding low and negative lunch account balances.

FREE Account Monitoring

  • myPaymentsPlus provide FREE meal-purchase monitoring, once a FREE account is created.