2022-2023 School Meals: What You Need To Know
School Lunch Program:
The Universal Free School Meal Program, the program providing free meals to students for the past two years, expired with the end of school in June and was not included in the Senate’s most recent spending bill.
Families wanting to continue receiving free or reduced meals in the 2022-23 school year must fill out an Application for Educational Benefits. Did you know it's more than a meal application? Qualifying families may also receive free or discounted fees for extracurriculars and academic tests, like the ACT. Eligible applications support students in our school district by generating additional funds for academic support, instructional materials, teachers, paraprofessionals, and bilingual services.
Families who do not fill out the application, or do not qualify for free or reduced meals, will begin being charged for each meal their child consumes at the beginning of the 22-23 school year.
Student Lunch Accounts
Family lunch accounts are created and accessed only by members of that family. Accounts are activated once money is deposited, online via Parent Portal. Students receive a five-digit number which is entered into the lunch-line computers. The computer will deduct the fee from the family lunch account.
Students will not be eligible to participate in the lunch program if the account balance goes to $0. Please refer to Dassel-Cokato Public Schools ISD #466 - 543 Unpaid Meal Charges Policy.
Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Only the first meal of each day qualifies for free and reduced treatment, for those approved for the program. Second meals are charged at the regular price to the parents. Legislation enacted by the state provides students who qualify for reduced-price lunches, to also receive breakfast at no charge. For more information about free or reduced meals, please call the district office at 320-286-4100 ext.1013.
Students with lactose intolerance
State law (Minnesota Statutes 124D.114)
Requires a Sponsoring Authority of school meal programs to provide one of these alternatives for a student with lactose intolerance if the parent has requested an alternative in writing:
- Lactose reduced milk, or
- Milk fortified with lactose in liquid, tablet, granular, or other form, or
- Milk to which lactobacillus acidophilus has been added
2022-2023 Meal Prices
- $1.40 Student
- $2.35 Elementary students
- $2.40 MS/HS students
- 2nd entree $1.50
- 2nd side $1.00
Milk $.50 per cartonAdults:- Breakfast $2.25- Lunch $4.95- Salad $3.00- Entree only $3.00- 2nd entree $2.00
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
- fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
- email: Program.Intake@usda.gov
Farm to School
Dassel-Cokato Schools participates in a Farm to School program bringing local produce directly to students!