Nutrition

District Nutrition

We take pride in feeding our students wholesome, vitamin-rich meals each and every day.  Ms. Melissa Koehler is our Food Services Director, and she does an amazing job planning and preparing meals that support the growth and development of our students’ bodies and minds.


The Hanover School District works really hard at meeting the new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Our menus are audited by the CDE Office of School Nutrition to ensure that they meet the criteria and standards that the USDA has set for growing students.

Our district school meals offer students’ milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Since the School Year 2012-2013, school lunches have met the additional standards requiring:

* Age-appropriate calorie limits
* Larger servings of vegetables and fruits
* A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
* Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
* More whole grain
* And less sodium

Here at Hanover School District we’re always working to offer students healthier and tastier choices and we strive to create menus that appeal to kids offering many breakfast options, foods that they are familiar with, but also we pride ourselves on offering from “Scratch Cooking” on at least half of our weeks lunch menu, and always a Fresh Salad Bar with many fresh fruit and vegetable options to choose from.

Our Nutrition Services Department recognizes that school meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families like yourself, but we also want you as parents to know that we truly appreciate you supporting our program and encouraging your student to try new foods. If you find that you have any questions or concerns, dietary restrictions or special dietary needs, please do not hesitate to contact me at (719)683-2247 ext.117.

It’s always a pleasure feeding your student a healthy, nutritious meal one plate at a time!

Thank you,

Mrs. Melissa Kohler
Hanover School District’s
Food Service Director
17050 S. Peyton Hwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80928
(719) 683-2247 ext.117
(719) 683-3805

Office Hours – Tuesday to Friday
8:00am to 4:00pm


Hanover Families,

There are two campaigns launched recently to pressure Congress and USDA to implement a pilot program for the 2020-2021 school year due to the ongoing financial impacts families are experiencing due to COVID-19.

This universal free meals would provide meals for free to all students, regardless of their meal eligibility status and provide reimbursement to the district at the Free meal rate.

We could use your help by signing the petitions today to help our district families!

Campaign 1:  School Lunch for All- 

Campaign can be found at:

Campaign 2:  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

By coincidence, coinciding with the School Lunch for All launch, RWJF had a press release/blog this morning titled “To Help Recover From COVID-19, We Need Universal Free School Meals” that urges USDA and members of Congress to act now.  The reputation of this great foundation lends strength to the call for providing universal free meals.  Please take a moment to read the press release and check out their links to associated research and healthy equity principles.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to sign the petitions!

~Hanover District #28

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