Our mission is to educate all learners to reach their full potential as contributing and productive members of our ever-changing global community.

The Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools' Child Nutrition Department provides all students with well-balanced, nutritious, high quality, meal options that promote good physical and mental development.

Child Nutrition Services manages the cafeterias at all PLSAS elementary schools, middle schools and high school, along with the Lake House Café coffee shop at PLHS.

Child Nutrition Services continues their focus on local foods and cleaner labels for our students. We provide students free-range, local turkey products from Ferndale Farms in Cannon Falls; produce from Wozupi Gardens in Shakopee; free-range grass-fed beef franks from Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Cannon Falls; and seasonal apples from Thompson’s Hillcrest Orchard in Elko, along with many other local produce items that are grown in Minnesota.

Feeding students healthy, quality meals plays a role in helping students reach their full potential. In addition to fueling healthy bodies, our staff host educational events in our cafeterias throughout the year to educate students about where their food comes from and to create lifelong, healthy eating habits.

Prior Lake High School will remain off the National School Meals Program, continuing to allow us greater flexibility in providing healthy, delicious meals and snacks that meet the needs and expectations of students, parents and staff.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

   

School Kitchen Contacts

Five Hawks
(952) 226-0108

Glendale
(952) 226-0208

Grainwood
(952) 226-0308

Hidden Oaks
(952) 226-0708

Jeffers Pond
(952) 226-0608

Prior Lake High School
(952) 226-8608

Redtail Ridge
(952) 226-8008

Twin Oaks
(952) 226-0508

WestWood
(952) 226-0408

Federal Lunch Program Guidelines (Elementary & Middle School)

WHAT IS A SCHOOL LUNCH?

School meals are planned to meet at least one-third of a student's recommended dietary allowance for various age groups. Each student meal includes a minimum of five required food items:

  • Meat or meat alternate
  • Fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Grains/bread
  • Milk
     

"OFFER VS. SERVE"

A wide variety of foods are offered within each food group so that students can select a well-balanced meal. USDA requires that students must choose at least three of the five offered food items. All three food items must be selected from different food groups to assure they meet their recommended nutrient levels. One of the three food groups has to be a minimum of a one-half-cup serving of fruit or vegetable. If the student has three different food groups, but does not include the fruit or vegetable, then a la carte prices are charged.

Payment Information

All schools will continue to use the prepaid computer system for payment of meals. Students enter a personalized number on a keypad and the price of the meal is deducted from their account. Depositing money into your child's meal account is easy! We accept cash, checks or online payments. If you choose to send payments with your child to school, please follow the cash or check payment directions.

CASH

Please send cash in an envelope with your child's first and last name along with teacher's name and homeroom number written on the front of the envelope.

CHECK

Please make checks out to the name of your student's school (example: Five Hawks Elementary). You can write one check out for multiple children, if all attend the same school, just be sure to include all first and last names of the children in the memo part of the check.

ONLINE

You will need to set up an account with FeePay. After your account has been created you may check the balance of your child(ren)'s account and see their daily purchases, regardless of how payments are made.

Unpaid Meal Charges Procedure

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this procedure is to ensure that students receive healthy and nutritious meals through the school district’s nutrition program and that school district employees, families, and students have a shared understanding of expectations regarding meal charges. The procedure seeks to allow students to receive the nutrition they need to stay focused during the school day and minimize identification of students with insufficient funds to pay for school meals as well as to maintain the financial integrity of the school nutrition program.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF PROCEDURE

A. All meals are to be prepaid before meals are purchased. Households can add money to a student’s account the following ways:

i. Online through Fee Pay
ii. With cash or check at the District Service Center or at their student’s school.

B. A student with an outstanding meal debt, will be allowed to purchase a standard meal (breakfast or lunch) regardless of their balance. The charge of that meal will add to their existing balance. Students with outstanding meal debt will not be allowed to charge ala carte, extra milks, or extra entrees.

C. The school district will make reasonable efforts to notify households when meal account balances are low or fall below zero as well as collect unpaid meal charges. Where appropriate, households may be encouraged to apply for free and reduced-priced meals for their student(s).

i. Child Nutrition Services will notify students and their households when the student’s balance is getting low or is depleted to $0.00. Reminders for payment will not demean or stigmatize any student participating in the school lunch program.
ii. Once a student’s balance is at $0.00, they will be allowed to charge up to 3 additional meals before a notice is then given to the principal of the building who then will attempt to make contact with the household. Child Nutrition Services will also send a balance notification to the household as well as call make contact by phone.
iii. If a student’s balance accumulates to a negative $15.00, Child Nutrition Services will send a notice to the household stating their negative account will be turned over to a collection agency. The notice states that the household has 10 days to respond to Child Nutrition Services before the collection agency is given their information. Any meals purchased during that time frame will continue to be added to their meal debt.

III. COMMUNICATION OF PROCEDURE

A. This procedure is made available on the district website. It will also be communicated to households through student handbooks.

Wellness Committee

The PLSAS Wellness Committee consists of a broad representation of district and community stakeholders and is focused on student health and wellness initiatives in our schools, as related to nutrition and physical activity.  We ensure that our district student wellness policy meets the USDA guidelines and that our schools are adhering to the policy.  We strive to continue to promote student wellness in our district. 

If you would like to join the Wellness Committee, please contact Child Nutrition Services .

2019 Meeting Dates | 4:15-5:15 p.m.

October 9, 2018
January 22, 2019
March 26, 2019
May 7, 2019

Triennial Assessment Report

Nondiscrimination 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, 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: 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.