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Free Meals Returning for ISD 728 Students

ISD 728 has qualified for an extension of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Minnesota Department of Education’s free meal program for all currently enrolled ISD 728 students. This free meal service, which offers breakfast and lunch daily, starts Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

In other words - Grab-n-Go is BACK! 

The USDA has extended this waiver to assist school districts and households in feeding kids. This benefit has been extended until Federal funds are no longer available. Once the waiver ends, all students will automatically be returned back to their normal lunch status. We will inform households when this will happen as soon as we are notified. This USDA sponsored free meal program is for all currently enrolled ISD 728 students regardless of whether they are participating in face to face, hybrid or distance learning models.

Students Participating in Face-to-Face Model
The free meal program will begin with cafeteria service on September 16, 2020 for all on-campus students.

Students Participating in the Hybrid or Distance Learning Model
The ‘Grab-n-Go’ meal program will start on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Meals may be picked up from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Monday through Friday at the locations listed below. ISD 728 families can pick up their child’s meal at any of the locations listed.

Meal Pick-Up Locations

  • Elk River High School
    • 900 School Street, Elk River
    • Door F, located at the back of the building, off Jackson Avenue
  • Rogers High School
    • 21000 141st Avenue, Rogers
    • Door 10, located near the main entrance towards the end of the circle drive
  • Zimmerman Middle/High School
    • 25900 4th Street W, Zimmerman
    • Door 10, located at the back of the building

Menus are located on the ISD 728 website, but are subject to change based on item availability. In some instances, warm meals (aka “hot lunch”) will need to be served. In these cases, the meal should be consumed immediately or families will need to utilize reheating instructions provided by food service staff. Allergens will be located on the Nutrition Services page of the District website, whenever possible. 

At this time, this is the only means of meal distribution for Grab-n-Go. Due to food safety concerns, sending meals home with students – those in hybrid or in-person learning – is not available.

Due to the timing of the USDA announcement and the application process required for the free meal program, the District did officially begin the school year under the National School Lunch Program and therefore the District will be unable to provide refunds for meals served through September 15, 2020 as we were not yet able to provide the Grab-n-Go, USDA sponsored free program to all students.  

Last, but not least, this is a friendly reminder to complete your free/reduced meal application for this school year if you have NOT done so already. Even though meals are currently free, they will not always be. The application also helps our district qualify for additional funding. It is essential that every household, that may qualify, fills out the application, even if you are currently distance learning. This will make the transition back to a typical meal service easier for families once the Federal and State government announce a change. Applications can be completed online through Parent Portal.

If you have questions regarding Grab-n-Go meal service, please contact Judi Smith at