• Fall 2020 School Meals Frequently Asked Questions

    Are meals free for all families this fall regardless of Free and Reduced eligibility?
    Yes, the United States Department of Agriculture announced an extension for schools to continue serving students under the Summer Feeding program. Our district can continue to provide meals to students during in-person, hybrid and distance learning through December 21, 2020 or earlier if federal funding runs out. Free meals are only available for students enrolled in the district. 

    Do I still need to complete a Free and Reduced meal application since all meals are free?
    Yes, the district will need you to fill it out for when the program ends and the district has to charge for meals again. Your household may qualify for additional benefits within the district if you qualify for free/reduced meals. 

    Do I need to fill out a new Application for Education Benefits each year?
    Yes. We need a new application each year. You can fill it out online at your Parent Portal or you can print off an application and can mail or drop off at your student’s school. Only one application is needed per a family/household. 

    When my student is in school, can they bring their own lunch?
    Yes, however, we request that any food brought into the classrooms be nut free.

    When my student is in school, what meals will be offered?

    • Breakfast will be available at all schools for students to pick up in the cafeteria.  To reduce congregating students will eat their breakfast in their classrooms. 
    • Lunch will be available at all school locations.  Eastview will have 1 hot option for lunch. All other schools will have 1 hot and 1 cold option. 

    My student attends one of the Nature Based locations; will meals be available at these locations?
    Yes, both breakfast and lunch will be available.

    What if my student wants just milk and no meal?
    Students will be charged $.65 if they want just milk and no meal. Milk cannot be given free of charge without a meal due to State regulations. Free meals include milk. 

    My secondary student is doing Hybrid Learning Model. How do I receive meals for the days we are not in school?
    Secondary students can pick up meals for their distance learning days on their hybrid learning day. Meals will be available outside the cafeteria before students leave campus. 

    My student is doing all Distant Learning. How do I receive meals?
    Curbside pick-up will be available on Friday’s at the Middle School and the High School. Meal pick up is from 12pm to 1pm.  Sign up for distance learning meal packs is available on the dining services webpage. Once you sign up for weekly meals you will not need to complete the survey again unless you wish to discontinue meal services. You can sign up or make a change until Wednesdays at Noon. This form will be deactivated until 2 p.m. on Fridays, when it will reopen for the following week.

    My student has a Special Diet. Can they order food for school meals or distance learning meal packs?
    Yes. Dining Services will need an updated 2020-2021 Special Diet Request Form filled out. Please contact Food Service Director Ciara McDonald at (763) 272-3047 or Ciara.mcdonald@monticello.k12.mn.us to receive a form.  

    Who do I contact with any questions or concerns?
    Please contact Food Service Director Ciara McDonald at (763) 272-3047 or Ciara.mcdonald@monticello.k12.mn.us