• food service updates

    November 3

    ISD 748 Families: 

    This communication is to outline changes to the District Food Service program. Please be sure to read all of this message to make sure you learn about all of the changes.

    Free Meals - extended until end of year
    Due to our unusual school year, there is an extension for free breakfast and lunch meals from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), so ALL K-12 students may receive free breakfast and lunch meals through the end of the year during regular school days. Meals are available regardless of financial situation; for an overview of how your support of school meals positively impacts the District, please visit our Food Service News page.

    NEW Hours/Locations for Meal Pick Up

    • In-Person students: free breakfast and lunch meals available at school buildings daily.  
    • Distance and Hybrid/Remote Learning students: free breakfast and lunch meals available on remote learning days through two options:
      • Meal pick-up locations:
        • 11a-12p at Sartell High School
          Door 23 - Turn in before the tennis courts off of 35th St N and drive around the staff parking lot.
        • 4p-5p at Sartell Middle School  
          Door 5 - front of building 
      • NEW Meal drop off locations starting Tuesday, November 10To ensure all students have access to free breakfast and lunch meals during the school day (Distance/Remote Learning), the following drop off schedule has been established. Locations were chosen based on safe access for families, transportation parameters, and other criteria.
        • Route 1 
          • 11:10-11:25a: Hi-Vue Main Office 
          • 11:30-11:40a: Keeneland Village Apartments 
          • 11:45-11:55a: Greystone at Heritage Place 
          • 12-12:10p: The Club at Heritage Apt Homes 
          • 12:15-12:25p:The Lodge at Pine Lakes
          • 12:30-12:45p: Corner of Victory Ave & Victory Loop 
          • 12:50-1:00p: GrandView Estates 
        • Route 2
          • 11:10-11:20a: Intersection of Kings Way (3rd St N, & 22nd Ave N)
          • 11:25-11:35a: Pine Tree Pond Park 
          • 11:40-11:50a: The Waters Church 
          • 11:55a-12:05p: Celebration Lutheran Church 
          • 12:25-12:40p: St. Stephen Church

    Distance and Hybrid/Remote Learners: Please fill out this form by Monday, November 9 at 12p to help us estimate meal needs for each meal pick up option. 

    Menu Information & Special Diet Accommodations
    Our meal pick up/meal drop off menu and our food safety guidelines can be found on our Food Service website. If your student has a special diet, and you would like to pick up meals please contact Assistant Food Service Director Allison Eikmeier to make arrangements. 

    Meal Benefits
    Minnesota provides school districts revenue based on students who are eligible for the free or reduced-price meal program. Schools must use this compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students who are behind their peers, such as instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology and bilingual programs.

    If your household is eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals, please complete the application online in Skyward Family Access (instructions are on our Meal Benefits page) Application for Educational Benefits, or the Alternate Application for Educational Benefits and return it to the Food Service office. 

    Applications must be completed/returned or completed online no later than December 15 so the school district can calculate our eligibility and report to the MN Department of Education.  Please contact Sue Fibranz if you have any questions. 

    Shelby Tanner
    Director of Food Service
    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748
    Phone: 320-656-3725
    Email Shelby

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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 14

    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.
    • Distance and Hybrid Learning students will be able to pick up free meals on their home learning days. Note: students will not need to pre-order meals at this time. We will have two meal pick-up options: 
      • 11a-12p at Sartell High School
        Door 23 - Turn in before the tennis courts off of 35th St N and drive around the staff parking lot.
      • 4-5p at Sartell Middle School Main Entrance

    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

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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

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  • August 25

    Our Food Service staff is committed to serving nutritious and satisfying meals to all District students. With many unknowns as we begin the school year, please be assured that each student will have access to school meals in all three learning scenarios.

    1. In-Person Learning: Students will have access to meals in each school building
    2. Hybrid Learning: Students will have access to meals in each school building OR - if learning remotely - a student or parent should complete this form
    3. Distance Learning: When learning remotely, a student or parent should complete this form
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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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Summer Food Service Programs

  • May 28

    Looking for Summer Food Service Programs? Use these resources from the Minnesota Department of Education: 

    • Download the Summer Eats Minnesota app to your phone or device.
    • Call the 2-1-1 Hotline or from cell phones – Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
    • Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-HAMBRE, available from Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Central Time.
    • Text "Summer Meals" to 97779. Spanish speakers, text "Verano" to 97779

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.


Community Garden Food Service

  • New for 2019: The Sartell Community Garden and ISD 748 Food Service have partnered so extra produce can be donated to the schools. In the first two weeks of the partnership, over 160 pounds of vegetables were donated.

    • Food Service Director Jayme Steinbach and community garden liaison Dennis Molitor spoke with WJON about the unique partnership between the school district and the community garden.  Read the article, Extra produce from community garden going to Sartell students.
    • Resource Training & Solutions wrote about the partnership between Food Service and the Community Garden. Read more in their article, Fresh. Local. Yummy! (pages 3-5 of the printed edition or 4-6 online). 

    roasted veggies




    Community garden


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Last Modified on November 11, 2020