Nutrition Services

school lunch

Our Purpose:

Proctor Public Schools Nutrition Program is dedicated to providing high quality, nutritious meals, because relationships and health precede learning. When students come through our meal programs we are providing the environment for them to make healthy choices to be fit, healthy and ready to succeed!

Healthy Students are Better Students:

Going to school without eating breakfast is like going to school without books, according to a new report. The recently released Wellness Impact Report shows that regular access to better nutrition (starting with breakfast) can positively impact a child's academic success. Students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory. Unfortunately, only 38 percent of all teens say they eat breakfast every day of the week, Proctor schools “Grab n Go” breakfast program is available at all our schools including a Second Chance Breakfast for PHS students grades 9-12 after 1st period.

The Proctor Public Schools Nutrition Program's focus is on menus which meet the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) meal pattern requirements. The meal program offers larger servings of vegetables and fruit with every school lunch, including at least a weekly serving each of dark green, red/orange vegetables and legumes. All schools offer Veggie Bar options which may include: Fresh Romaine, Spinach, Spring Mix & Iceberg Lettuce, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Sweet Peas, Legumes, Onions, Green, Orange & Red Peppers, Yam Sticks or Tomatoes.

Students MUST take a 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable at breakfast and lunch in order for the meal to be reimbursable. Of course, we always want to encourage students to take a full meal for best nutrition. Please be aware that one set unit price will be charged regardless of whether or not all required items are chosen.

September and October celebrate Farm to School Month, featured Farm to School (F2S) veggies like green beans, kohlrabi sticks, green pepper strips, and diced tomatoes. F2S fruits and veggies will continue to be on the menu as they become available. The Proctor Public Schools Nutrition Program continues to implement healthy changes to the menu including whole grain pizza products and breads, baked not fried entrée items, fat free or reduced calorie salad dressings, 100% juice products, skim or 1% milk, and emphasis on fresh fruits, salads and vegetables.

ChooseMyPlate.gov, is an initiative based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. “My Tray Today” is a Proctor school initiative designed to remind students to eat healthy and illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual “a school lunch tray”. Look for “My Tray Today” healthy eating tips on menus.

How Meals are Planned:

The National Breakfast and Hot Lunch program are offered in all our schools. All student meals must meet the federal guidelines for types and amounts of food offered. Meals are planned with the goal of providing students with one-third for lunch and one-fourth for breakfast of their Recommended Daily Allowances for key nutrients and calories. At the high school and middle school, full meal choices are offered daily on the Main & Rails Express lines plus additional ala carte items are available for purchase.

Offer Versus Serve:

In an effort to lessen student food waste, we work under a government provision termed "offer versus serve" that allows students to decline some of the food offered. This means that students are offered all food items comprising a full lunch. This includes a meat/meat alternate (protein) a fruit, vegetable, a bread/bread alternative, and milk. They have the choice of a minimum of three food items that MUST include a 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable. This is called a "reimbursable meal." The breakfast program also uses "offer versus serve" in which the student is offered all food items comprising a full breakfast. This includes bread/bread alternative with or without a meat/meat alternate (protein), a fruit, vegetable or 100% fruit or vegetable juice and milk. They have the choice of a minimum of three food items that MUST include a 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable to qualify as a reimbursable meal.

Low Lunch Balance Procedure:

If a lunch account has a low balance, a student will be able to purchase a lunch.  Notifications through Parentlink and other appropriate methods will occur once the notification threshold is reached.  Special arrangements may be made by the Food Service Coordinator, the Guidance Office and the Principal for those students with specific circumstances to assure help for those families in need, in all circumstances protecting the student.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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 Agency(State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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 Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.




Helpful Information

Contact Debra Billman, Nutrition Services

Phone: (218) 520 - 1701

Email: dbillman@proctor.k12.mn.us

Lunch Prices:

Secondary Students - $2.75     Extra Entrée - $1.25

Elementary Students - $2.60   Extra Entrée - $1.00

Free/Reduced - No Charge

Adults - $4.95 Extra Entrée - $1.25

Milk - $0.50

Breakfast Prices:

PHS/JMS - $1.50    Extra Entrée - $1.00

Pike Lake Elementary - $1.50   Extra Entrée - $1.00

Pike Lake kindergarten – Free   Extra Entrée - $1.00

Bay View Elementary - Free    Extra Entrée - $1.00

Free/Reduced - No Charge

Adults - $2.25   Extra Entrée - $1.25

Payments Made Easy

Log on to your student's Infinite Campus parent portal to make an online payment. And if you do not have an account, please request an account by filling out the form linked below.

New Parent Portal Account

Adding Payments to Infinite Campus Food Service Account Instructions

Free and Reduced Price Meals:

Application for Free and Reduced Lunch

The school district receives reimbursement for school meals and other state or Federal money based on the number of students that qualify for free or reduced price meals. More completed Free Applications can mean more families qualify for the assistance their children need to do well in school. The school district receives reimbursement for school meals and other state or Federal money based on the number of students that qualify for free or reduced price meals.

These applications are accepted at any time during the year. Families may qualify for free meals if the total household income is within eligibility guidelines, or if a child receives MFIP or food stamps. The paper form is quick and easy and is available at all Proctor Public Schools or simply click the link below to download the application.

2022-23 Minnesota Department of Education - Application for Educational Benefits - Free and Reduced​​​​​​​