Food & Nutrition Services

Our Food Philosophy

Minnewaska Food and Nutrition Services goal is to foster positive eating habits that last a lifetime for students.  The foods we provide go above and beyond the minimum standards set by USDA.  As much as possible, we source foods with real ingredients that minimize added preservatives and anything artificial as well as limiting added sugars.

We also believe that to truly teach life long habits, students must understand how foods fuel their bodies as well as open up new flavors and foods for them to experience. We frequently offer new foods for students to taste and to also learn why it is good for them!

Minnewaska Area Schools staff member Janeen
Janeen Peterson
Director

jpeterson@alexandria.k12.mn.us

Minnewaska Area Schools staff member Paulette Noel
Paulette Noel
Supervisor

pnoel@alexschools.org

Meal Plans

The following meal plans are applicable based on what learning plan your child(ren) is participating in for the 2020-21 school year.

Questions can be directed to Deb Nelson at dnelson@isd2149.org or (320) 239-4800 ext 1478

Don’t Forget Your Take Home Meal, They are FREE!
Hybrid Learning Plan Students have the option to take home both breakfast and lunch for the next day. Students will need to sign up for meals with their homeroom teacher daily. Meals are available for pick up as students exit the building at the end of the school day from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Breakfast will be continental style and most lunches will be microwavable. We’ve included some of your favorites! Please check out the district website for the menu. Meals will be charged to the students lunch account unless they qualify for meal benefits.
NEW! Scan Cards for Getting Your Meals
To improve student safety, we will no longer have students manually enter their lunch PINS in the cafeteria.  All students will receive a scan card to be used when they dine with us in school.  A simple swipe of your card in the cafeteria is all you need to do at the cash register.
Please remember to bring your scan card with you to breakfast and lunch every day.  If you lose your card, please report it to the Food and Nutrition Department and we will issue you a new card.  The cost to replace the card is $5.00.  This fee will be charged to your lunch account.

After School Activities Meals

The mission of Food and Nutrition Services is to provide high quality, nutritionally sound, food service programs that support student learning.

Every day we offer healthy and delicious breakfasts and lunches to help our students be successful throughout the day, but what about after school activities? Many of our students are involved in after school activities and may not be able to have dinner until late in the day. Now available students may pre-order and pre-pay for an easy grab and go meal or snack. Options include a sub sandwich on whole grain, a classic favorite PB&J on whole grain or a protein packed soft pretzel pack. There will also be other grab and go a la carte items available for purchase.

Meal order forms will be available in the High School Main Office, kitchen and available for download here. Orders must be placed to either the High School office or kitchen by 10:30 a.m. and will be available for pick up between 1:45-3:15 p.m. All meals must be pre-ordered and pre-paid; charging will not be allowed.

Any meal not picked up will be held through breakfast of the next day, after that it will be discarded and the account will still be charged.

Minnewaska Area Schools students eating lunch
Minnewaska Area Schools students eating lunch

Free School Meals

Why Should My Family Take Advantage

• They are FREE & help to stretch your household budget
• They save you time & are available for Distance Learning Days
• They make the day seem a little more normal
• It helps sustain jobs & the local economy
• They are delicious, nutritious, and convenient

This could be your lunch!
Actual District 2149 School Lunch pictured below

MAS School Lunch Rosemary Potatoes and Chicken Strips

Wellness

The purpose of the Wellness Committee is to to create and evaluate methods that promote student wellness, prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and assure that school meals and other food and beverages sold and otherwise made available on the school campus during the school day are consistent with applicable minimum local, state, and federal standards.

Committee Members
Paulette Noel, FNS Supervisor
Janeen Peterson, FNS Director
Megan Boutain, School Nurse
Shelley Svec, Horizon Public Health

We are currently looking for committee members. If interested contact Paulette Noel to be invited to the next virtual committee meeting.

Farm to School

Fresh foods taste best!  We partner with several local farmers for fresh ingredients on our menus. 

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Kids Win
Farm to school provides all kids access to nutritious, high quality, local food so they are ready to learn and grow. Farm to school activities enhance classroom education through hands-on learning related to food, health, agriculture and nutrition.
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Farm to school can serve as a significant financial opportunity for farmers, fishers, ranchers, food processors and food manufacturers by opening the doors to an institutional market worth billions of dollars.
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Communities Win
Farm to school benefits everyone from students, teachers, and administrators to parents and farmers, providing opportunities to build family and community engagement. Buying from local producers and processors creates new jobs and strengthens the local economy.

Meet Your Head Cooks

Minnewaska Area Schools staff member Roxanne Lucas
Roxanne Lucas
Middle School & High School
Minnewaska Area Schools staff member Gay Finn
Gay Finn
Elementary School
Minnewaska Area Schools staff member Julie Anderson
Julie Anderson
W.I.N Academy