We know at GFW Schools that feeding students healthy meals helps them to reach their full potential both in and outside the classroom. That is why we are committed to providing high-quality meals. Our meals are planned according to federal guidelines, which not only cover the amount of food offered but also the nutrient content. All meals are prepared onsite. We try to expose our students to a variety of foods we hope they will enjoy.
We ask that if your student has a special diet that you fill out the Special Diet Statement Form.
We encourage all families to fill out the Free and Reduced Application. This form needs to be done at the start of every school year. It can also be done again if anything changes in your household during the school year.
School meals are also a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too! Parents can make Lunch payments online via the Parent Portal.
We look forward to feeding your children!
Update – January 26, 2020
The Summer Food Service Program continues through the end of the 2020/21 school year. This allows districts to continue serving free meals to students. GFW has chosen to participate in the program to ensure all families have access to food during this challenging time. Families are able to add money to their accounts to purchase additional food.
Even though students will receive free meals through the end of the school year, we strongly encourage all families to fill out the Educational Benefits form, and return it to the school. This will ensure all families continue to receive the benefits they are entitled to receive regardless of legislative action.
If you have not completed the form or have questions, please contact Beth Walter, Director of Food Services at 507-207-2201 or [email protected]
No Kid Hungry Grant
In December, 2020, GFW Schools was awarded a No Kid Hungry School Nutrition Grant Opportunity that aims to provide funding to districts to maximize child nutrition programs and resources to ensure children and families have access to healthy meals at school and at home.
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, disability, age, 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: https://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
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