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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

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.

Summer Resources for Families

Summer Eats MN Website  
To find locations running summer feeding programs for all kids age 18 and under

P-EBT Application for Households
Applications are now open for a new food assistance program for low-income Minnesota families who have lost access to school meals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The federally-funded Pandemic EBT offers one-time deposits of $325 per child on payment cards, which can be spent at grocery stores and farmers markets for up to one year. Families that were receiving SNAP or Minnesota Family Investment Program benefits as of March 18 should already have had the money automatically added to their cards. Other eligible families must apply by the end of the month. To qualify, children must have received free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-2020 school year or attended a school with enough low-income students that all children are eligible for free meals. Children must be between 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019. To apply, visit

Digital Nutrition Resources for Kids
To find educational nutrition resources for your child 


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.

Site Contacts

St. Francis High School
Cathy Phillips, Kitchen Manager – 763-213-1625
Chris Rowe, Cashier – 763-213-1617

St. Francis Middle School
Cheryl Renter, Kitchen Manager – 763-213-8573
Kelli Toikka, Cashier – 763-213-8574

Cedar Creek Elementary School
Roberta Knoop, Kitchen Manager – 763-213-8858
Marge Wannamaker, Cashier – 763-213-8859

East Bethel Elementary School
Cynthia Gardner, Kitchen Manager – 763-213-8948
Beth Olson, Cashier – 763-213-8949

St. Francis Elementary School
Marilyn Reinhardt, Kitchen Manager – 763-213-8745
Kathy Sheppard, Cashier – 763-213-8746

St. Francis Learning Center
Patti Guzy, Cook/Cashier – 763-753-7151