Students in lunch line

The Food and Nutrition Services Department supports academic achievement by providing students with nutritious meals and exceptional customer service.

Any student who is approved for free or reduced-price school meals will receive BREAKFAST and LUNCH at NO CHARGE. A new application must be submitted each year, unless you already received a letter from District 196 indicating that all of your child(ren) have been approved for the current school year.

How school meals are planned

Breakfast and lunch menus are planned in accordance with USDA guidelines. A registered dietitian, along with a menu committee, plans each meal with regard to nutrition, food quality and availability. Menus are planned to reflect preferences of the school community and to encourage students to eat nutritious meals. Menus, recipes and products are constantly updated to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans by:

  • Providing 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for specific food groups, as well as 1/3 of calorie needs for each age or grade group for lunch, and
  • Providing 1/4 of the RDA for specific food groups, as well as 1/4 of calorie needs for each age or grade group for breakfast.

Grade groups are used to determine the proper nutrition for students. The three grade groups are K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The major differences between the three are the number of calories, number of bread/grain servings, and the amount of protein for each group.

It is the vision of the Food and Nutrition Services Department to provide the opportunity for all students to meet their daily nutritional needs for meals consumed at school. We provide healthy food choices that support the district’s wellness policy.

Food allergies and special diets

Parents or guardians of a child with a severe food allergy or special diet needs should contact the school nurse. Once the Student Allergy Information form has been completed and discussed with the school nurse, parents may be asked to have their child’s licensed physician complete a Special Diet Statement and submit it to the school nurse.

The school nurse will share the Special Diet Statement with the school Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) manager and the district FNS supervisor. The school FNS manager and the parent will meet to complete the Special Nutrition Needs form and agree on a communication plan.

Please visit the Allergies page, for more information about food allergies and special diets.

Contacts and areas of responsibility

Mailing Address:
District 196 Food and Nutrition Services
4187 Braddock Trail
Eagan, MN 55123

FAX: 651.683.6817

Wendy Knight
Coordinator
651-683-6956

Beth Bergacker
Secretary to the Coordinator
651-683-6957

Heidi Springmeyer
Human Resources Supervisor (employment opportunities)
651-683-8558

Susan Score
Secretary to School Meal Benefits/Accounting (free or reduced-price meal applications)
651-683-6958

For questions about your student’s meal account or balance information, please contact the food and nutrition services manager at your student’s school.