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Food Service Update for January

Just as a reminder, there is no meal service this week as we are in Winter Break. Per the Governor’s announcement on December 16, 2020, the District will begin to transition back to in-person learning for certain grade levels beginning January 19, 2021. As we prepare to have select students return to our campuses, the meal service program will also undergo a change. Meal service will include the return of daily Grab-n-Go meal pick-up combined with one “Meal Pack’ date for the month of January 2021.

Full details on this program can be found at
www.isd728.org/Grab-n-Go
.

Daily Grab-n-Go Pick-Up 
To allow our food service staff time to prepare and assemble items for the ‘Meal Pack’ date, we will be using daily Grab-n-Go service on January 4, 5, and 6, 2021 at our Elk River, Rogers, and Zimmerman High Schools (details listed below) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please refer to this meal service calendar for details. 

Grab-n-Go Guidelines

  • Pick up one (1) breakfast and one (1) lunch, per child, per day. 
  • Meals cannot be consumed on-site due to health guidelines.
  • Meals are pre-packaged to facilitate efficient pick-up with minimal exposure.
  • Meals are designed for pick-up only. Families should plan to park in the parking lot and enter the school to pick up the meal pack. Curbside delivery is not available for ANY meals due to COVID-19 regulations.
  • Please practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear a mask when picking up meals.
  • The following items are not available: infant formula, baby food, or other personal care items such as diapers, toiletries, etc.


One Time ‘Meal Pack’ Will Include 7 Days of Meals in January
The only ‘Meal Pack’ in January will be distributed on January 7, 2021 at all high schools*. The ‘Meal Pack’ will be for seven (7) days of meals and available at each location during the early session from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a late session pick-up at Elk River High School from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The seven (7) days of meals provided during this ‘Meal Pack’ pick-up date includes seven (7) breakfast and seven (7) lunch meals to cover all school day meals through January 15, 2021 (there is no school on 1/18). 

Student meal service for Distance Learners will return in the Daily Grab-n-Go model on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to coincide with the return to in-person learning for some students. Please refer to this meal service calendar for details. 

*If the evening pick-up is the ONLY time available for you, you may pick up a meal at the high school location that is open, no matter what community your student attends. For example, a student from Rogers Elementary is welcome to grab a ‘Meal Pack’ from Elk River on January 7, 2021. Service is limited to (1) one ‘Meal Pack’ per child, per week. You may be asked to provide a child’s name and age at the time of pick up. Please refer to this meal service calendar for details. 

‘Meal Pack’ Reminder

  • Pick up seven (7) breakfast and seven (7) lunch meals for each child age 18 and under (unless noted above). For example, a household with two students could grab two packs, for a total of 14 breakfasts and 14 lunches. 
  • Meals can be prepared with minimal direction while following food safety guidelines.
  • Meals are designed for pick-up only. Families should plan to park in the parking lot and enter the school to pick up the meal pack. Curbside delivery is not available. 
  • Please practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from other people) and a mask is required when picking up meals.
  • The following items are not available: infant formula, baby food, or other personal care items such as diapers, toiletries, etc.


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


Pandemic-EBT Benefits for Families for 2020-2021 School Year 
Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals may be eligible for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to purchase food for days they are not in the school building. To be considered, households must submit an application for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-21 school year or be approved for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. 

Families who received P-EBT benefits last summer are not automatically eligible; eligibility is based on the current school year. Benefits may be retroactive to September 2020, depending on when eligibility for free or reduced-price meals is determined. To ensure you qualify for the most benefits, please submit your application as soon as possible.

FARM benefits

Technology Services
Technology device swaps will be available during meal pick-up times for those who have appointments in advance. Please call 763-241-3490 or visit www.isd728.org/LetsChat.

Questions
If your child requires specific dietary needs or you have additional questions regarding meal service, please contact our Food Service Department at 763-241-3400 x1352.


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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact  the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: www.ascr.usda.gov, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410.
  2. Fax: 202-690-7442.
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.