The needs of each school are unique. Opaa! helps identify those needs and then offers a combination of the following services:

USDA Food & Nutrition Service Programs

  • National School Lunch Program
  • National School Breakfast Program
  • Summer Food Service Program
  • After School Program
  • Reimbursable Breakfast on MAP Testing Days

Marketing & Promotions

Throughout the school year, Opaa! takes part in marketing and promotion opportunities designed to encourage participation in the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast programs. We've also developed the following programs to encourage healthier lifestyle choices:

Welcome Back!
Fun, exciting events in the cafeteria provide a sense of "homecoming" as students return for the new school year

National School Lunch Week
This nationwide promotion every October is designed to make students and parents aware of the benefits of school lunch

National School Breakfast Week
This week-long celebration every March encourages students to give school breakfast a try

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebrations
Each year, in recognition of Dr. Seuss's birthday, Opaa! offers a "Green Eggs and Ham" breakfast in our elementary schools. To add to the fun, we invite high school students to read to the younger ones during the meal

Breakfast with Champions
This event brings high school athletes into the elementary buildings to sit at tables with younger students. Young ones cherish the time spent with these local "heroes" and the athletes take pride in being mentors

Wellness and Nutrition Fairs
Opaa! helps the district plan a program designed to bring families to visit the school and discover new information about health and wellness

Farm Sprouts and Food from the Farm
These programs allow kindergarten and pre-K students to see firsthand fruits and vegetables being grown on local farms. The programs are developed and implemented by the University of Missouri Extension Service. Opaa! has partnered with MU Extension to provide this program in Lafayette County

Farm to School
Opaa! proudly serves locally grown, fresh produce when seasonally available, partnering with Rasa Orchard, Hamra Farms and Farhmeier Farms

Extreme Fruit and Vegetable Challenge
Each month our menus list an "Extreme Fruit and Vegetable" that students are challenged to sample. These tastings are fun, and provide an opportunity to taste new and different healthy fruits and vegetables

Healthier US School Challenge
Opaa! designs corporate menus to meet the criteria of Healthier US School Challenge for Elementary Schools

Fuel Up to Play
This program from the National Dairy Council teaches students the importance of dairy in their diets and encourages them to "get up and play"

Team Nutrition
All Opaa! schools are members. Team Nutrition provides the most current, important information related to school meals and initiatives

Local Events and Celebrations
Designed to encourage participation in the School Lunch and Breakfast program, these programs include:

  • Back to School Cook-Outs and Picnics
  • Breakfast in the Classroom
  • Grandparents Day
  • "Souper" Bowl Celebrations
  • Holiday Features and Party Celebrations
  • National School Bus Drivers Day
  • American Education Week
  • Board of Education Celebrations
  • National Principals Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Events
  • National School Food Service Workers Day
  • National Read to a Child Day

Value-Added Services

First Class Fare
Reimbursable meals for students and staff

Green Central Station
Fresh salad items prepared daily and offered as a reimbursable meal for students

Global Express
A rotation of internationally inspired menus offered as reimbursable meals for students

Smart Trek
Healthy choices for students who prefer to purchase a la carte meals

A La Carte & Snack Bar Programs
Prepared and served fresh and fast

Staff Special Menus
Meals prepared especially for district staff

MAP Testing Breakfast
Reimbursable meals served on Missouri Assessment Program testing days

Touch of Class Catering
Special meals for special occasions

  • Breakfasts, brunches, barbecues, sports banquets and more
  • Breakfast in the classroom
  • School picnics
  • Class parties & rewards
  • MAP Testing snacks
  • After school meals
  • PTA Snacks

Head Start


Kindergarten Snacks


  • Menu Planning
  • Staff Training

Safety & Compliance

Food and Worker Safety

  • Each Director of Nutrition Services is certified through the nationally recognized ServSafe food safety program
  • Each school district has a state-approved HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) food safety plan
  • Monthly in-services promote worker and food safety to help increase awareness while on the job


  • Opaa! works closely with each school district to prepare for the Coordinated Review Effort/School Meals Initiative (CRE/SMI) audit and has a solid relationship with the state agency