The Minnesota Legislature voted to provide Kindergarten students with a FREE breakfast, regardless of ability to pay. With all kindergarten students having the option of free breakfast, we have decided (with the help of our wonderful kitchen staff) to modify the breakfast routine and eat with our classes in our rooms each day instead of sending them to the cafeteria. This gives us another great opportunity to build community, practice social skills and table manners.
With every meal, students will have a choice of fruit and calcium fortified apple or orange juice.
There will be at least 2 choices of whole grain cereals which come with either string cheese or yogurt, depending on the day.
Each day we will offer an alternative to cereal. Choices will include a Frudel (fruit filled whole grain bread), Whole Grain Waffle, Whole Grain Cinnamon Roll, Whole Grain Pretzel Cheese Roll, etc.
All meals include a milk.
Please be aware that in order to qualify for a full FREE breakfast, a student must take a minimum of 3 items. One of the items must be either a fruit or juice.
If your child has a food allergy, we need to know. We care about your child and want to help keep them safe. Federal regulations require that we have a parent/guardian have a licensed physician fill out a Special Diet Statement found on District 279 website at: http://www.district279.org/images/Dept/FoodandNutrition/Documents/special-diet-form.pdf and turn in to the School Nutrition Manager.
We feel very strongly that a healthy breakfast is the best way to start the day!
According to Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry & C & S Wholesale Grocers report, teachers credit breakfast with increased concentration (95%), better academic performance (89%) and better behavior in the classroom (73%).
Health is also a major factor, with four out of five teachers telling researchers
breakfast prevents headaches and stomachaches.
The Minnesota Legislature voted to provide Kindergarten students with a FREE breakfast, regardless of ability to pay. However, lunch may not be free for every student. To see if you qualify, please go to this District 279 web address using Google Chrome or Firefox browser at: https://www.osseo.k12.mn.us/fma/ and fill out the FREE/REDUCED application form. We will have computers set up at the front of the building at Open House.