• November 30 

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    Please take a few minutes to read this important update from our Food Service department regarding potential menu changes and other items.

    Meal Benefit Applications
    By completing a Meal Benefits application in Skyward, your family may:

    • Receive free or reduced rates for fees (ISD 748 Community Education, college applications, academic tests, etc.).
    • Generate compensatory revenue for our district. Schools must use compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students who are behind their peers including: remedial instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology, bilingual programs and additional teachers and teacher aides (click here to learn about the state requirements). 
    • Make teachers in your school eligible for the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program if they have outstanding college loans. 

    All families are encouraged to apply even though breakfast and lunch meals are free this school year through an extension of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many families are surprised to find they do qualify because the income thresholds for meal benefits may be higher than in other programs; please view the income guidelines from the State of Minnesota to see if your family qualifies.  Please complete your application in Skyward Family Access or PDF; please visit our Meal Benefits page for details or contact Sue Fibranz (via email or phone 320-656-3781).  

    Completing the application by December 15 allows us to calculate eligibility and report to the Minnesota Department of Education. This will not impact your students’ eligibility to receive free meals during the 2021-22 school year. 

    Product Availability and Menu Changes
    We continue to see nationwide supply chain and product availability shortages, impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our food service department is capable of preparing for shortages and will continue to communicate with students, staff, and families if there are last-minute menu changes and product substitutions. Be assured meals will remain balanced, healthy, and plentiful. We ask for patience and understanding as we do our best to meet the needs of your children. 

    The School Nutrition Association provided a video to help explain the supply chain issues.

    Interested in working while your student is in school?
    The Food Service department is hiring! We have open positions at the Sartell High School, Sartell Middle School and Riverview Intermediate School beginning at a pay rate of $16.20/hr. Not interested in working everyday? We have a posting for a Food Service substitute at a pay rate of $14/hr. Please click here if you would like to access the open Food Service positions. 

    If you have any questions, please contact me using the information below.

    Thank you,

    Allison Eikmeier, MS, RD, LD
    Assistant Food Service Director
    Phone: 320-656-3701 x1105
    Email

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  • October 18

    Please take a few minutes to read this important update from our Food Service department regarding potential menu changes and other items.

    Product Availability and Menu Changes
    As you may be aware, included in the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are nationwide supply chain and product availability shortages. Disruptions are due to a lack of availability of raw ingredients and labor to produce, unload, and transfer food products. Some food and/or beverage products normally provided to students may not be available or arrive as scheduled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, last-minute menu changes and product substitutions may occur. Be assured meals will remain balanced, healthy, and plentiful. We ask for patience and understanding as we do our best to meet the needs of your children.

    The School Nutrition Association provided a video to help explain the supply chain issues.

    Free Meals Continue this School Year
    Sartell-St. Stephen School District is participating in the United States Department of Agriculture Seamless Summer Option to provide free meals to students this school year. This program provides additional support and flexibility for our district to continue serving meals to children while maintaining safety measures and managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Menus and nutritional information are always posted on our District's Nutrislice website

    Meal Benefit Applications
    The application for educational benefits can be completed at any time throughout the school year. Breakfast and Lunch are free for all district students for the 2021-2022 school year, however additional benefits may be available to families if they qualify. Please visit our Meal Benefits page for details; applications are available through Skyward or you can download a PDF.

    Please contact me with any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Shelby Tanner
    Director of Food Service 
    Phone: 320-656-3725

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  • September 1

    Families:

    Please be sure to read all of this message. It contains important details about Food Service for the 2021-2022 school year.

    FREE MEALS
    All students in grades K-12 will receive free breakfast and lunch meals daily through the operation of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Seamless Summer Option for the 2021-2022 school year. Meal times for the upcoming school year can be found on page 5 in our Family Handbook.

    MEAL OPTIONS: OFFER VS. SERVE
    Offer vs. Serve allows students to build a meal and take what they are going to eat. Garden veggie bars are available for students in grades 1-12, so students may select as many raw vegetables as they would like the first time through the lunch line.

    Breakfast: A complete meal consists of at least 3 items. Note: some foods fulfill two nutritional requirements.

    • K-5 may take up to 4 items
    • 6-12 may take up to 5 items

    Lunch: A complete lunch consists of at least 3 components 

    • All grades offered 5 components
    • Federal law requires students to take at a minimum 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable; however, what they take in addition is up to them
    • Students are not required to select an entree or milk; however, they must have three different components on their tray.

    Visit our Offer vs. Serve page for additional info including photos of two trays showing what students are able to select.

    PARENTS/GUARDIANS

    • Please review menus with your children to encourage them to try new foods. Our menus are school-specific and are hosted on Nutrislice (links available on our mobile app and website).
    • Meal Accounts:
      • If students want to purchase extra meal components at the primary level OR a la carte at the secondary level, they must have money in their meal account to do so.
      • Cash and checks will be accepted by the cashier; if you pay with cash, no cash/change will be given back. The remaining balance will be applied to your family’s food service account.
    • Food waste continues to be a problem at our schools. We ask you to discuss with your child/ren the importance of selecting only what they plan to eat for school meals to decrease waste.

    COMMUNICATIONS
    Skylert will send an automated message to families notifying them of a negative balance each Monday morning. Modify your Skylert preferences in Skyward Family Access.

    MEAL BENEFITS
    The application for educational benefits can be completed at any time throughout the school year, however the last day for households to submit the 2021-22 application for potentially being eligible for summer P-EBT benefits is September 3, 2021. Please visit our Meal Benefits page for details; applications are available through Skyward or you can download a PDF.

    Thank you--

    Shelby Tanner
    Director of Food Service
    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748

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  • Free meals

    July 15

    ISD 748 Families: 

    As we prepare to return to classes this Fall, we are happy to let families know that the USDA is continuing to provide free meals for all current students ages 3-18.  

    For the first two weeks of august, families may pick up 5-day meal bundles by filling out this form (also available on our food service website). We appreciate your prompt response (filling out the form) so we can best plan for meal preparation.

    Meal bundles will be available for pick up on Tuesday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 10 from 11am-12pm at Sartell Middle School (enter in door 5). There is no cost for students. 

    *Note: The form must be filled out by 10am on the Friday before a Tuesday pick up (example: form submitted by Friday, July 30 in order to pick up a meal bundle on Tuesday, August 3). 

    Meal bundle pick up dates: 

    • Tuesday, August 3
    • Tuesday, August 10

    Families - Fall Meal Benefits
    Many families are interested to learn they qualify for meal/education benefits. More details and an application are available on our meal benefits page or you may come into our office. We will also send additional details about meal/education benefits before school starts. Reminder: You must reapply for Educational Benefits each year.

    Fall 2021 Job Opportunities
    Interested in a career that follows the school calendar, is fast-paced, fun, and a friendly environment? Want to be home when your kids are? Watch for postings on our Human Resources webpage if you are interested in being a food service employee or substitute.  

    Thank you,

    Shelby Tanner
    Director of Food Service
    320-656-3725 

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  • May 24 

    ISD 748 Families: 

    As our school year comes to a close, your Food Service Department wants to make sure you are aware of Summer Food Service options.

    Summer Food Service Meal Bundles
    Free meals will be available during June for all current students.  

    To pick up 5-day meal bundles, please fill out this form. This form can also be found on our food service website

    Tuesday, June 8 will be the first day to pick up a weekly meal bundle.

    Bundles will be available for pick up on Tuesdays from 11am-12pm at Sartell Middle School (enter in door 5).

    *Note: The form must be filled out by 10am on the Friday before a Tuesday pick up (example: form submitted by Friday, June 4 in order to pick up a meal bundle on Tuesday, June 8). The form does not need to be filled out weekly, once you have filled it out we will continue to prepare your meals for pick up each Tuesday in June. If you do not pick up your meals, meals will not be prepared for you the following week unless you contact the food service department.  There is no cost for ISD 748 students. 

    We appreciate your prompt response to fill out this form so we can plan our needs for meal preparation. Here is a list of the meal bundle pick up dates: Tuesdays in June (June 8, 15, 22, and 29).

    If there is a week where you will NOT be picking up meal bundles OR if you would like to stop picking up meals, please contact the Food Service department via phone or email so that we can remove you from the list and reduce food waste. Thank you!

    Families - Summer Meal Benefits
    Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals may be eligible for Summer Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to purchase food over the Summer months. To be considered, households must submit an application for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-21 school year or be approved for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. 

    If you haven’t applied for educational benefits yet this school year (July 1-June 30), you may still be eligible to receive Summer P-EBT by submitting an application.This form may be filled out on our meal benefits page or you may come into our office to fill out the application.  

    Reminder: You must reapply for Educational Benefits each year. July 1, 2021 will be the first day to apply for benefits for the 2021-22 school year.

    Fall 2021 Job Opportunities
    Interested in a career that follows the school calendar, is fast-paced, fun, and a friendly environment? Want to be home when your kids are? Watch for postings on our Human Resources webpage this Fall if you are interested in being a food service employee or substitute. 

    Shelby Tanner
    Director of Food Service
    320-656-3725

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  • March 19

    ISD 748 Food Service Department will provide meals for students on the Distance Learning/No School days that were added to the calendar.  Meals are free for all District students and sign up is not required.

    Meals can be picked up on the following dates from either Sartell Middle School from 8-9a (door 5) or Sartell High School from 12-1p (door 19).

    • Friday, March 26: K-12 graders
    • Friday, April 16: K-12 graders
    • Friday, April 30: 6-12 graders
    • Friday, May 14: 6-12 graders

    Families may pick up at whatever building/time is most convenient, not limited to the building the student attends. Please contact the Food Service Office with any questions.

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  • March 5

    National School Breakfast Week KICKS off March 8-12 with the theme of, "Score Big with School Breakfast"!

    Food Service employees may be SPORTING some fun and festive outfits to celebrate the week. Take a SWING and try some special menu selections, too!

    The District's Facebook page will have daily NUGGETS of fun facts and/or some YOLKS to make you laugh. 

    school breakfast week

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  • February 17

    ISD 748 Food Service Department will provide meals for students on the Distance Learning/No School days that were added to the calendar.  Meals are free for all District students and sign up is not required. Meals can be picked up on the following dates from either Sartell Middle School from 8-9a (door 5) or Sartell High School from 12-1p (door 19).

    • Friday, February 26: 6-12 graders
    • Friday, March 12: 6-12 graders
    • Friday, March 26: K-12 graders
    • Friday, April 16: K-12 graders
    • Friday, April 30: 6-12 graders
    • Friday, May 14: 6-12 graders

    Families may pick up at whatever building/time is most convenient, not limited to the building the student attends. Please contact the Food Service Office with any questions.

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  • February 1 

    Dear ISD 748 Families: 

    Food Service Updates
    Due to the upcoming change in learning model for grades 6-12, starting Monday, February 8 Food Service will no longer offer daily meal pick up at Sartell High School and Sartell Middle School. Free breakfast and lunch meals will be available to students daily on-site at each school building.
    *Friday, February 5 will be the last day of meal pick up at Sartell High School from 11a-12p and Sartell Middle School from 4-5p. 

    Food Service for Distance Learning Students 
    Starting Tuesday, February 9: Distance Learning students may pick up meal bundles (5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for the upcoming week). Bundles will be available for pick up on Tuesdays from 4-6pm at Sartell Middle School (enter in door 5). To pick up 5-day meal bundles, please fill out this form. The first day to begin the weekly pick up will be Tuesday, February 9. There is no cost for ISD 748 students. We appreciate your prompt response to fill out this form so we can forecast our needs for meal preparation.
    *Note: the form does not need to be filled out weekly, once you have filled it out we will continue to prepare your meals for pick up each school week.

    Pandemic-EBT Benefits for Families
    Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals may be eligible for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to purchase food for days they are not in the school building. To be considered, households must submit an application for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-21 school year or be approved for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Families who received P-EBT benefits last summer are not automatically eligible; eligibility is based on the current school year. Benefits may be retroactive to September 2020, depending on when eligibility for free or reduced-price meals is determined. To ensure you qualify for the most benefits, please submit your application as soon as possible. For more information, visit our Meal Benefits page.

    Skylert Notifications 
    In order for families to monitor their students' balance, we will be activating the Skylert Food Service negative account balance notifications. Skylert negative balance notifications are sent one time each week. You may customize your Skylert settings in your Skyward Family Access account. Although meals are free for all students this school year, students have the option to purchase extra meal components at all levels and ala carte items at the secondary level. If you would like to restrict your student from purchasing extras or ala carte please complete your request on our Food Service Web Page

    Shelby Tanner
    Director of Food Service
    320-656-3725

     

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  • January 15

    Dear ISD 748 families:

    We are happy to share that Parent 2 individuals will now have their own credentials for Skyward Family Access.

    According to our records, you are listed as a Parent 2 in Skyward. To activate your Skyward Family Access account, please complete this form; Sue Fibranz in the Food Service Department, will manually activate accounts. You’ll receive an email from Sue likely within 2 business days with your Skyward credential information.

    Skyward Family Access
    Parent 2 accounts are able to log in to their own portal in Skyward to view Food Service balances, grades, and modify Skylert notification preferences.

    Skylert
    In Skyward, please update your notification preferences for Skylert, our mass notification system we use for weekly announcements, emergency situations, weather-related delays/cancellations, low food service account balances, etc.  You are able to control the method(s) by which you receive messages (phone calls, text messages, and/or emails).

    For more information about Skylert, please visit www.sartell.k12.mn.us/skylertinfo.  For questions about your Skyward Family Access account, please contact Sue Fibranz via email or phone (320-656-3781).

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  • Support School Meals

    View this video to learn how your support of the school meal program positively impacts the District.

    All K-12 students, regardless of financial situation, may enjoy free breakfast and lunch meals. 

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  • September 2020

    Starting on Monday, September 21 through Friday, November 6 ALL K-12 Sartell-St. Stephen students will be able to eat school breakfast and lunch at no cost. 

    In-Person students should follow the procedures for each building. Secondary students may purchase a la carte items if they wish.

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided a waiver to extend the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) operations to school districts. All Sartell-St. Stephen students will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch daily between September 21-November 6. Even with this program, families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced lunch benefits.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions. 

    Shelby Tanner
    Food Service Director
    320-656-3725

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  • September 2020

    Cashless/Touchless Payments

    Payments will be accepted online (Skyward Family Access/RevTrak) or via RevTrak's Auto-Replenish. If the internet is not available or you have an emergency, you may make call 320.656.3781 to make a payment.

    Checks may be dropped off at your school's main office. Student's First & Last Names and PIN should be written in the memo section of the check. 

    touchless payments

    Click to view as a PDF/larger

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  • August 24

    Food Service may look different depending on the Learning Model (In-Person, Hybrid, or Distance). Details are included on page 11 of our District's Safe Learning Plan and are included in each building's specific plans.

    Food Service  

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  • End of Year Check list: 

    • Turn off RevTrak auto-replenish if you have a graduating senior and no other students in the district
    • Gift your remaining Food Service account balance to our Have A Heart fund which provides funding assistance to students who are unable to pay for their school meals by contacting our office
    • Apply for meal benefits - you may be surprised who qualifies!
    • Pay any negative food service account balances you may have incurred 
    • Contact us if your address has changed and you need to update it in Skyward Family Access

Meal Benefit Applications - Available Now!

  • Families who previously qualified for benefits have been mailed paper applications. Applications and more information are available on our Free & Reduced Eligibility page.

     

Auto-Replenish

  • auto-replenish

    Using RevTrak's Auto-Replenish option, families can select an amount in their balance where funds are automatically added.

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