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Nutrition Services Department


St. Francis Learning Center
4111 Ambassador Blvd. NW
St. Francis, MN 55070


Office Phone: 763-753-7060
Fax: 763-753-7709

Wendy Klobe
Program Supervisor

Deb Halde
Office Professional

Amanda Olson
Kitchen Specialist

Site Contacts

St. Francis High School
Cathy Phillips
Kitchen Manager
Chris Rowe

St. Francis Middle School
Cheryl Renter
Kitchen Manager
Kelli Toikka

Cedar Creek Elementary School
Ben Videen
Kitchen Manager
Marge Wannamaker

East Bethel Elementary School
Cynthia Gardner
Kitchen Manager
Beth Olson

St. Francis Elementary School
Marilyn Reinhardt
Kitchen Manager
Kathy Sheppard

St. Francis Learning Center
Patti Guzy


Welcome to the Nutrition Services Department. St. Francis Area Schools provide students with access to a variety of foods that meet the health and nutritional needs of our students. We serve foods that meet state and federal requirements, which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.

School meals feed the future!
  • Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will receive free lunches and breakfasts
  • All kindergarten students qualify for free breakfast
  • Smart snacks sold to students regulations
Nutrition Goals of School Meals
  • To increase the fiber content of meals by offering complex carbohydrates such as whole grain bread products and fresh fruits and vegetables
  • To decrease the fat content from calories to 30 percent or less and no more than 10 percent of those calories from saturated fat over a five day period
  • Reduce sodium content of meals
Nutrition Education

Nutrition Services supports the Wellness Committee initiatives by providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of St. Francis Area Schools.

Educational Benefits
(Free/Reduced Price Meals)

Click here to begin online application

  • Why apply for free/reduced meals? Click here (PDF) to learn how your application helps fund programs throughout the district.
  • For applications in Spanish, Somali or Hmong click here.
  • Students may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. To apply, click on the button above and complete the Application for Educational Benefits online application. A new application must be submitted each school year. At public schools, the application also helps the school qualify for education funds and discounts.
  • To share your eligibility status with other programs fill out the Waiver of Confidentiality Form.
Other Resources
  • Low cost Internet offer for families that qualify for free meals from Internet Essentials/Comcast (some restrictions apply)
  • For information on the Angel Fund Meal Account, click here.
  • For information on how to report a civil rights complaint, click here.

St. Francis Area Schools students to receive free meals

St. Francis Area Schools is participating in the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) recently extended COVID-19 meal program which runs through the end of this school year.

The program will temporarily provide free meals (breakfast and lunch) to all enrolled students on days when school is in session, as well as virtual learning days.

When your student is onsite, school meals are available in the cafeteria.

All meals will be recorded in students' meal accounts by their PIN.

Note: Students will be able to purchase a la carte snacks, seconds and extras with prepaid meal accounts that have a positive balance.  Please maintain a balance in your child's prepaid meal account.

When your student is offsite, for the virtual learning days, Nutrition Services will prepare chilled breakfast/lunch school meal bundles, including milk.

All meals are temporarily free, but a sign-up is required for Hybrid Group A, Group B and distance learning students.


  • For hybrid students (Group A or Group B, your student is on-campus 2 days and off-campus 3 days a week). You only need to fill the form out if you would like to receive the backpack meals. You do not need to fill this form out for on-site meals while your child is at school. For backpack meal bundles to be sent home with your child in their backpack at the end of the school day before they get on the bus, parents/guardians must complete this form. An email confirmation will come from Nutrition Services letting you know when backpack meals will begin. 
  • For distance learning students (your student is off campus each day), parents/guardians must complete this form. An email confirmation will come from Nutrition Services. K-12 students can receive ready-to-eat bundled breakfast/lunch meals; milk is included. Meal bundles may be picked up at St. Francis High School parking lot, Door 13 on Mondays and Thursdays, 9:15-10:30 a.m. Please stay in your vehicle and provide ID when picking up.

All meals will be recorded in students' meal accounts by their PIN.

Even though the meals are free this school year, schools and families benefit from families filling out and qualifying for Educational Benefits.  Please don't wait—click this link to apply now for educational benefits.

If you have already applied and qualified, there is no need to reapply.

Questions? email or call 763-753-7060.