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Attention :

The school year is right around the corner! Learn more about enrollment options at Northfield Public Schools.

  • Yogurt Parfaits
    Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
  • Green Beans
    Farm Fresh Green Beans
  • Students sampling smoothies
    Students sampling smoothies
  • Fruit and Veggie Bar
    Fruit and Veggie Bar
  • Students Eating Lunch Meal
    Students Eating Lunch Meal
  • Watermelon
    Farm Fresh Watermelon
  • Lunch Tray
    Lunch Tray with Apple, Whole Grain Chicken Sandwich, Farm Fresh Squash and Fresh Vegetables

Child Nutrition Services

Fueling Student Learning With Nutritious Food

Our mission is to provide quality nutritious meals that support the growth and development of our students to fuel their learning. It’s a great time to try school lunches—our cafeterias continue to meet challenging federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks, ensuring that they’re healthy and well balanced, and we continue to work on including fresh, local foods. For questions regarding payments, account balances or invoices, please contact Janet Murray at 507.663.0618 or Stephany Stromme at 507.645.3432.

Child Nutrition Services Staff

Farm-to-School Initiative

We are in our 9th year of serving local products in meals. You may have noticed the MN logo on the September and October menus, indicating a Farm-to-School product.

New This Year

At all schools we will serve both hot and cold vegetables daily to offer a wide variety of choices, as well as the following additions.

Burrito Line

We will be offering a “Build Your Own Burrito” line at the high school and middle school on Wednesdays located in the salad bar line.  Students have the option of creating a whole grain, soft-shell burrito or a burrito bowl with a variety of fresh vegetable toppings.

Grill line

We will be offering a Raider Nation Grill’d Greats line daily at the high school and middle school. This line, previously known as the hot ala carte area, will allow students to choose an entree from a two week menu rotation and select a variety of fresh fruits and veggies to make a complete meal.

Natural Breakfast Cereal

Child Nutrition Services has joined a Food Focus group that is looking at ways to incorporate more foods with cleaner labels.  As part of this initiative many of our cereals and hot breakfast items will have no artificial colors and no artificial flavorings.

Smart Snacks

We have been making annual changes to our snack and ala carte products for the last six years, to meet the USDA competitive foods final rule and the Healthier US School Challenge guidelines. We will continue to make changes this year to be in compliance with the smart snack guidelines and to provide some nutritional alternatives to supplement our main menu.

Child Nutrition Services Staff

For questions regarding payments, account balances or invoices, please contact:
Administrative Support Assistant: Janet Murray | 507.663.0618
Child Nutrition Director: Stephany Stromme, RD, LD | 507.645.3432

Kitchen Managers (Please place your call before 10:30 a.m. or after 12:30 p.m.)
Bridgewater Elementary: Vicki Malecha | 507.664.3323
Greenvale Park Elementary and Longfellow School: Mitzi Holden | 507.645.3509
Sibley Elementary: Lori Malecha | 507.645.3490
Northfield Middle School: Shari Malecha | 507.663.0668
Northfield High School and ALC: Cecelia Green | 507.663.0604

Apply for Free/Reduced Lunch

Free or reduced price meals are available for students whose family qualifies. The appropriate form must be completed each school year and submitted to Child Nutrition Services for review and approval. Applications are available online, at each principal’s office, each school kitchen and are mailed to each household in August. If an application is needed in a different language, please contact Child Nutrition Services.

  • Application Timeline

    Child Nutrition Services will review applications on a timely basis, however, it may take 7-10 days for an application to be reviewed and a response sent to the parents/guardian. Benefits from the previous school year will be carried over until October 16, 2017.  Applications may be completed at any time throughout the year, however, any family that has not reapplied by October 16 will be changed to full-priced meals. Families receiving MFIP, Food Stamps or FDPIR and enrolled in Northfield Public Schools by June 15 for the following year will be directly certified by the State of Minnesota to receive free meals and may not need to complete an application. Advance payment will be required for any meals purchased prior to the approval of the application.

    In 2014, Minnesota was the second state to pass into law that all children who qualify for free or reduced priced meals will receive meals for free. Minnesota continues to lead with these efforts to eliminate childhood hunger and ensure that we provide children the food they need to be successful.

    Households qualifying for free and reduced price meals for the 2017-18 school year will continue to receive breakfast & lunch at no charge.  The bill referenced above also included the financial resources to provide all kindergartners with free breakfast regardless of their household eligibility.

  • Online & Print Applications

    Online Applications

    Families can now complete the educational benefits application online through Family Access. If you wish to complete your application online, you must first login to Family Access. After logging in, click the Food Service button located on the left side of the screen and select a child’s name. Click the applications tab and follow the prompts to complete the application.

    Printable Applications

    English – Available after July 1, 2017
    2017-18 Educational Benefits Application
    2017-18 Educational Benefits Application Instructions
    Spanish – Available after July 1, 2017
    2017-18 Educational Benefits Application
    2017-18 Educational Benefits Application Instructions

Payments & Pricing

Students and staff may purchase meals and food items by submitting a payment to their meal account or by making a payment at the time of service. New students and staff are assigned an individual meal account with a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN). Returning students use the same PIN as in the previous year.

  • How to Pay

    Families may pay for meals using cash, check or our online payment systems. Checks may be made out to Northfield Public Schools and must include the student’s first and last name and personal identification number (PIN). All schools have payment envelopes and collection boxes placed in the Child Nutrition area for receipt of payments. Cash payments will be accepted in a sealed envelope with the student and parent’s first and last name, PIN, and the amount of payment written on the outside of the envelope. Payments may also be mailed to Northfield Public Schools, Child Nutrition Office, 1400 Division Street South, Northfield, MN 55057.

    Online Payment

    Payments using a debit/credit card or a checking account can be made online through Family Access.

    Family Access Payment Steps

    • Go to northfieldschools.org and click on the blue button that says “Family Access” or click the button below. You can either login to Family Access to continue or apply for a Family Access account if you do not have one.
    • After you have logged into Family Access, you will need to click on the Food Service tab to the left of the screen.
    • This will bring up your child/children. Click “Make a Payment” (next to the child’s name),
    • Next click update payment amount for the student.
    • Enter the amount and click on update cart.
    • Complete these steps for each additional child or if your order is complete click the “Pay with Vendor” button located on the top right of current page.
    • Click “Go to check out” button.
    • Set up an account with RevTrak using your email address.
    • Continue to follow prompts to complete billing and payment information.

    Please note that RevTrak is currently working on a single login integration with Family Access. We are hopeful that this will be implemented during the 2017-18 school year to simplify the payment process.

    Make a Payment

    Account Balance Statements

    Parents or guardians are responsible for monitoring their student’s meal account balances. Child Nutrition Services will make every reasonable effort to notify families of the need for a meal account payment. We utilize an automated school messenger system to contact families about low and negative balances using both phone calls and email notifications.

    Family Access will allow you to view meal account balances, payments and purchases. Statements will be made available upon request or can be printed using Family Access. To request a statement, parents, guardians and staff may contact the kitchen at each school or the district office. We will make every reasonable effort to contact you if your students account balance is running low or negative. Please review the following procedure for any questions that you may have concerning your students account balance.

    Negative Balance & NSF Procedure

    The district is under no obligation to serve students with insufficient meal account funds or students who do not have the necessary forms completed to receive free or reduced meal benefits. Child Nutrition Services may provide a meal for students. Parents/guardians will still be responsible for the cost of the meal provided

     

    Refunds

    Balances remaining on accounts at the end of the school year will be automatically carried forward when school reopens. Balances follow students to their next building assignment. Meal purchases should be monitored to maintain a positive lunch balance. Refund requests must be submitted in writing and received by Child Nutrition Services no more than 5 days after the last day of school. A check will be issued in the amount of the refund. No cash refunds will be made.

  • Meal Prices

    Federal regulation requires that students be offered five food components comprising the lunch meal. Students may choose three, four or five lunch items based on their preferences. A student is required to include at least 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable as one of their components. Students will be offered four food components at breakfast and must choose at least three. Federal regulations require meals to be priced as a complete unit and students must pay the full price even if they did not choose the complete meal.

    Elementary Student Meal Prices

    Main line, salad bar or pre-made salad and cold sandwich option are all priced the same.

    Breakfast Lunch Both
    Full Price $1.55 $2.50 $4.05
    Free/Reduced Free Free Free

     

    Secondary Student Meal Prices

    Main line, salad bar line, sandwich line and grilled line meals are all priced the same.

    Breakfast Lunch Both
    Full Price $1.55 $2.65 $4.20
    Free/Reduced Free Free Free

     

    Staff / Adult / Visitor / Second Meal Prices

    Parents, guardians and other family members may eat with students during their meal time. All visitors are required to sign in at the school office. Staff meals, visitor meals and second student meals are priced higher because Child Nutrition Services does not receive any federal or state reimbursement for those meals, as we do for a student’s first meal.

    Breakfast Lunch Both
    Full Price $2.05 $3.70 $5.75
  • Milk Prices

    Milk Prices

    Milk is included in the price of breakfast and lunch. Students who take an extra milk at meals will be charged $0.50 per carton.

    Milk Break Program

    Students in grades K-5 may have the opportunity to drink milk during the morning or afternoon break for a cost of $0.50 a day. The classroom teacher determines if the class will participate in the milk break program on an annual basis. The milk program is not part of the educational benefits eligibility, so all students are welcome to participate as long as there is money deposited into their meal account to cover the cost. The milk break program is recorded on each student’s account on the Monday following the week before. For example if you see a charge for “3 milk breaks” on your student’s account, that indicates that your child participated in milk break on three days the prior week.

    Milk Break Form – English »
    Milk Break Form – Spanish »

  • Snack Cart Pricing and Forms

    Students at all the elementary schools will have the opportunity to sign up to receive a healthy snack every school day for a total cost of $65 a year. It is a way to offer students and families the opportunity to select fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and other nutritionally sound choices for a minimal price to encourage students to make good eating decisions for optimal health. The program is completely an optional choice for all families, and is not part of the educational benefits application that provides school meal benefits to families who qualify.

    Sign-up Forms

    Bridgewater: English / Spanish
    Greenvale Park: English / Spanish
    Sibley: English / Spanish

Menus and Mealtimes

Northfield Public Schools participates in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Program. This program makes available a nutritious breakfast and lunch daily at a reasonable cost. One half pint of milk is included with every meal. Menus are planned using the USDA Menu Planning Guidelines.

  • Elementary Menus

    Menus

    FALL BREAKFAST

    September LUNCH

    Nutritional Information – Coming Soon

     

    Alternate meal choices

    Students have the option to select the alternative meal lines if they do not like the featured meal on the menu. Pricing is the same as a mainline meal.

    COLD SANDWICH

    A cold sandwich meal is available including whole wheat turkey or whole wheat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These meals include a fruit, a vegetable and a milk.

    Salad

    A full salad bar is available daily at Bridgewater Elementary. A variety of entree salads are available daily at Greenvale Park Elementary and Sibley Elementary. The salad meal includes a fruit choice, a whole grain bread choice and a milk.

  • Middle School Menus

    Menus

    FALL BREAKFAST

    September LUNCH

    Nutritional Information – Coming Soon

     

    Alternate meal choices

    Students have the option to select the alternative meal lines if they do not like the featured meal on the menu. Pricing is the same as a mainline meal.

    SANDWICHES “4 the Taking”

    Ham, turkey and cheese with assorted fresh vegetable toppings are available daily on a choice of whole grain sub bun, whole grain flatbread or whole grain tortilla. These meals include a fruit, a vegetable and a milk.

    Sandwich of the Day :

    Monday: BBQ Chicken
    Tuesday: Crispy Chicken
    Wednesday: Meatball
    Thursday: Philly Beef
    Friday: BBQ Pork

     

    Salad “ENRG XPRS”

    A full salad bar is available daily.  The salad meal includes a fruit choice, a whole grain bread choice and a milk.

    Salad of the Day:

    Monday: Turkey Cranberry
    Tuesday: Chicken Crunch
    Wednesday: Burrito/Burrito Bowl
    Thursday: Chicken Caesar or Strawberry Spinach
    Friday: Oriental Chicken

    Taco Salad offered daily except Wednesday.

     

    “Grill’d Greats” – Menu

     

  • High School Menus

    Menus

    FALL BREAKFAST

    September LUNCH

    Nutritional Information – Coming soon

     

    Alternate meal choices

    Students have the option to select the alternative meal lines if they do not like the featured meal on the menu. Pricing is the same as a mainline meal.

    COLD SANDWICH

    A variety of pre-made whole grain sub sandwiches and whole grain wraps are available daily. These meals include a fruit, a vegetable and a milk.

    Salad

    A full salad bar is available daily at the high school.  The salad meal includes a fruit choice, a whole grain bread choice and a milk.

    Salad of the Day:

    Monday: Chicken Taco
    Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken
    Wednesday: Burrito Bar
    Thursday: Crispy Chicken
    Friday: BBQ Chicken

    “Grill’d Greats” – Menu

     

  • Meal Times

    Most of the cafeterias operate on a continuous serve basis during the entire meal period. Lunch times change every PLC Wednesday and start 30 minutes later.

    School Breakfast Lunch
    ALC/Longfellow _________________ 12:05 p.m.-12:35 p.m.;11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Bridgewater 7:50 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. 11:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Sibley 7:55 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.
    Greenvale 7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 11:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Northfield Middle School 7:30 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. 10:48 a.m. – 12:07 p.m.
    Northfield High School 7:30 a.m. – 7:51 a.m. Period 4a: 10:36 a.m. – 11:01 a.m.
    Period 4b: 11:04 a.m. – 11:29 a.m.
    Period 4c: 11:32 a.m. – 11:57 a.m.After school: 2:45 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

     

  • Food Allergies & Special Dietary Needs

    Child Nutrition Services may honor dietary restrictions due to allergies or intolerances with the proper documentation from a medical authority on file. The form for allergies and other special dietary needs is available below. For students with a lactose intolerance, a lactose reduced milk product will be provided at no extra charge on the written request of the parent or physician. Please contact your school nurse or the Child Nutrition Director if you have questions.

    Special Dietary Needs Forms

Wellness Policy

In 2017, Northfield Public Schools developed a wellness policy based on guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The policy includes changes that will apply or have already been applied to food served by Child Nutrition Services. It also includes food used in classrooms for rewards and celebrations and food sold by organizations for fundraisers during the school day.

View District Wellness Policy

Catering Requests

Child Nutrition Services offers a variety of catering options for events during the school year. We are a great choice to provide breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack for any size group at a reasonable cost. Please fill out a catering services request form and contact the kitchen manager with questions.

Catering Brochure

Health Inspection Reports