Welcome- Food Service & Nutrition Program

Meal Prices 2023-2024

K-6  Lunch ----------$2.85
7-12  Lunch ----------$3.05
Adult Lunch ---------$4.85
K-6 Breakfast -------$1.85
7-12 Breakfast ------$2.05
Adult Breakfast -----$2.55
Milk -------------------$ .40​ 

Student Second Lunch------$3.60
Student Second Breakfast--$ 2.55


Summer Meal Finder

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Benton Community Schools  uses Linq (formerly TITAN) for lunch payments, balances, menus, and nutritional information.  

Access your family account at http://linqconnect.com or download the Linq Connect App

Linq Connect Family Portal Features: 

  • Set up one-time or recurring lunch payments or automatic payments once balance reaches a predetermined amount

  • View transaction history

  • Set item or dollar amount limitations

  • Submit an online application for Free/Reduced Meals

  • Set up low balance account emails or text messages

Meal Payments:

Unless otherwise requested, families will share a meal account balance.
Payments may be made at any School by cash or check. You may mail it in, send it with your student, or drop it off. Please have your student(s) full name on the check, or envelope.
Payments may also be made online at
http://Linqconnect.com (TITAN does charge a small convenience fee for online payments)

Low Balance Notification:

All families will be notified through email or by mail when an account reaches low balance status ($5.00).

Custom notification levels and recurring payments may be set up online: http://family.titank12.com

Negative Meal Balance Notification:

Parents/Guardians will be contacted by telephone, email or in writing about negative meal account status. 

At the MS/HS if an account is negative, purchases will be limited to a breakfast meal and a lunch meal only. Negative accounts can not buy a la carte items at breakfast or lunch.  

Collection of unpaid meal debt will be at the discretion of the school district and may include a collection service.

Lunch Cards & Activity Passes:

Activity passes are now a separate card from  the lunch card. Please contact Mrs. Eggert in the activities office for more information about activity passes.

Elementary Students will have a lunch card that will remain at school for use during breakfast and lunch periods.

MS/HS students will receive a new lunch card each year. All of the student’s old lunch cards will continue to work. These make a great back-up card. 

A picture of the lunch card (such as on a phone) is also acceptable and is scannable by our POS equipment.

The lunch card can also be used as the bus pass.

Students MUST have their lunch card or wait until the end of the line. 

A la carte purchases are only allowed with a lunch card.  If you do not bring it, you can not purchase a la carte items. 


A full breakfast is served at all centers. We encourage all students to participate.  The breakfast purchase comes out of the same account as lunches and are eligible for the Free/Reduced benefit, if student qualifies. 

End of Year Balances:

All negative balances are to be paid prior to the end of the school year. If money is left in the account, it will carry over to the next school year.
Senior students who are the last one on the family account, will be issued a refund.
If a family is leaving the district, please contact the Food Service Department for a refund.
319-228-8701 x1119 or email dmorris@benton.k12.ia.us

Meal Program questions should be directed to the Food Service Director: dmorris@benton.k12.ia.us or 319-228-8701 x1119

Benton Community Food Service Program

The Food Service and Child Nutrition Program offers nutritious breakfasts and lunches at every Benton Community Schools Center.

Proper nutrition is fundamental for the success of academic programs and our nutrition program supports this.

Our meals meet the USDA Nutrition Standards, which requires the following:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits

  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving)

  • 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 grains

  • Less sodium

These requirements build on the work we have already been doing to provide more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthier main dishes in our cafeteria. Now is a great time for students to choose school lunch! Check out the "Meal Requirements" section to learn more.

Dawn Morris - Food Service Director
P.O. Box 70
Van Horne, Iowa 52346
Phone: 319-228-8701 x1119
Fax: 319-228-8747
E-mail: dmorris@benton.k12.ia.us

Questions? Contact Us Below!

Dawn Morris
Food Service Director

Phone: 319-228-8701 x1119
Email: dmorris@benton.k12.ia.us

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

All FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20250-9410; or

  2. Fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Declaración de no discriminación del Departmamento de Agricultura (USDA)

Iowa Nondiscrimination Statement

Revised 3-21-16

It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121 or 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.