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Fueling Students for Academic Success

The Food and Nutrition Services Department supports academic achievement by providing students with nutritious meals and exceptional customer service. We know that students are able to learn better when they have access to nutritious meals!It is the vision of the Food and Nutrition Services Department to provide the opportunity for all students to meet their daily nutritional needs for meals consumed at school. We provide healthy food choices that support the district’s wellness policy.

Contact

Spencer Fischer,
Coordinator of Food and Nutrition Services

651-683-6956
Spencer.Fischer@district196.org

School Meals

The special funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provided student meals at no charge has expired. For the 2022-2023 school year, prices will be as follows:

  • Elementary (PK-5) lunch is $2.50 and breakfast cost is $1.55 (breakfast is free for ALL kindergarten students).
  • Middle School (6-8) lunch is $2.55 and breakfast is $1.60.
  • High school (9-12) lunch is $2.65 and breakfast is $1.60.
  • Adult lunch is $3.85 and adult breakfast is $2.05.
  • A la carte items vary by price, second entrees are $3.00, and additional milk is $0.40.

There is no charge for free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch. A second full breakfast or lunch for a student is the same price as an adult breakfast and lunch. Only individual meal pricing is listed for an adult breakfast and lunch (weekly, monthly and yearly pricing is not available). Milk is included with all meals, but for additional cartons of milk or if purchased separately, it is an Ala Carte charge of $0.40 each for all eligibility levels.

For questions about your student’s meal account or balance information, please contact the food and nutrition services manager at your student’s school.

How are school meals planned?

Breakfast and lunch menus are planned in accordance with USDA guidelines. A registered dietitian, along with a menu committee, plans each meal with regard to nutrition, food quality and availability. Menus are planned to reflect preferences of the school community and to encourage students to eat nutritious meals. Menus, recipes and products are constantly updated to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans by:

  • Providing one-third of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for specific food groups, as well as one-third of calorie needs for each age or grade group for lunch, and
  • Providing one-fourth of the RDA for specific food groups, as well as one-fourth of calorie needs for each age or grade group for breakfast.

Grade groups are used to determine the proper nutrition for students. The three grade groups are K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The major differences between the three are the number of calories, number of bread/grain servings and the amount of protein for each group. 

Food allergies and special diets

Parents or guardians of a child with a severe food allergy or special diet needs should contact the school nurse. Parents may be asked to have their child’s licensed physician complete a Special Diet Statement and submit it to the school nurse. The school nurse will share the Special Diet Statement with the school Food and Nutrition Services manager and the district supervisor. The school manager and the parent will meet to complete the Special Nutrition Needs form and agree on a communication plan. For more information about food allergies and special diets, visit the Allergies page.

All Families are encouraged to apply for Educational Benefits (application for 22-23 available in july)

All families are still encouraged to complete an Educational Benefits Application, formerly the free and reduced-price meals application. Your children may qualify! Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be available mid-July. All families will receive an update when applications can be accessed and completed.
 

State funds help pay for reduced-price school meals, so all students who are approved for free or reduced-price school meals will receive school meals at no cost. State funds also help pay for breakfasts for kindergarten students, so all participating kindergarten students receive breakfast at no cost. A NEW application must be submitted each year.
 

If a household meets the State/Federal guidelines and is approved this provides students with school meal benefits and supports your child’s school. Your approved application provides critical funding to our school district. This compensatory aid helps increase funding for teachers, paraprofessionals and social workers to include math and reading support. An approval for educational benefits also allows families to receive discounted Activities/Community Education fees. Learn more about the Educational Benefits Program >

Meal Support and Resources

Food and Nutrition Services Contacts


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