Good Eaters. High Achievers. Strong Leaders.

Welcome to the Nutrition Services Webpage.  Below are links to information pertaining to the Nutrition Services department. 

For more information or questions, contact:
Jess Pena
japena@rwps.org
651-385-4583
 
 

Our school provides healthy meals each day. The United States Department of Agriculture is allowing schools to provide meals for the 2021-22 school year through a provision of the National School Lunch Program called the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). A waiver has been issued in order to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVD-19.

Our school has chosen to use this waiver and operate the SSO which enables us to provide meals free of charge for all students. No application is required to receive this free meal benefit.

However, your child(ren) may qualify additional benefits such as reduced fees or the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) which is a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit that is loaded onto electronic cards for families to purchase food. At public schools, your application also helps the school qualify for education funds and discounts.

Students brining lunch from home, may purchase an extra milk daily at the price of $0.50 ea. Students just need to alert their teach, so that the kitchen can be notified. Students are still required to have a positive balance in their account to purchase a la carte. 

All schools use a computerized school lunch accounting system. The system, called Prepaid Card Services, allows parent to deposit money into a personal lunch account for their child(ren). Each student is issued a four or five digit identification number that she/he will enter into a keypad when coming through the lunch line. The cost of the meal will automatically be deducted from the balance in each student's personal account. This system has eliminated the need for lunch tickets and requires meals to be paid for in advance. 

Students can deposit money into their accounts by bringing money to the school they attend. Checks should be written to ISD #256. Check should also contain the student full name on the memo line. Once check can be written for multiple students. If doing this, please denote on check. 


For additional information on school meals: 
English 
Spanish 
2022 - 2023 Meal Prices
 
Breakfast Prices  
Kindergarten FREE
Grades 1 - 12 $1.70
Breakfast includes: Main Entrée, Choice of Fruit or Juice, 1/2 Pint Milk
 
Lunch Prices  
Grades Pre K - 4 $2.80
Grades 5 - 7 $2.90
Grades 8 - 12 $3.05
Lunch Includes: Main Entrée, Choice of Fruit or Juice and ½ Pint Milk (Full reimbursable meal)
 
Families may request a refund by clicking on the "Request a Refund Form" link below and submitting the form. Refunds are processed weekly and take 2-3 weeks to process. Refunds are not paid out in cash, but via check through the mail. 

REQUEST A REFUND FORM

Children may qualify for free and reduced-priced meals. For more information or to apply for free or reduced-price school meals, click on the links below.

APPLY TODAY ONLINE!!
Families may now apply for meal benefits online through ApplyNOW

Information to Print
Application for Educational Benefits - 2022-2023
Solicitud de Beneficios Educativos - Año escolar 2022-2023
Meal Charge Policy - English OR Espanol







 

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, 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.

If your child has special dietary restrictions (such as the need for a gluten-free diet), please contact your child’s school nurse so that an Individualized Health Plan (IHP) can be developed and implemented. If your child requires a special diet, based on his or her disability, please fill out the “Special Diet Statement” (see link below).

This form will need to be signed by a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. If a child has been determined by a physician to have a disability and the disability prevents the child from participating in the meal service, modifications or substitutions can be made as prescribed by the physician at no additional charge to the student.

Lactose-Free Milk is avaialble at each of the school sites. For the 2020/21 school year, Lactaid is what has been selected. A request for Lactaid milk does not need the below Special Diet Form to be completed. Instead, a written note from the child's gaurdian/parent will surfice. If wanting another milk substitue option other than Lactaid, please complete the Special Diet Form

Special Diet Form

PayPAMS

Parents have the ability to view their students lunch account. Click on links below.

NEW!! - No processing fees for adding money to your child's account on-line!
PayPAMS Website

Meal Charge Policy - English & Español

Below are listed common questions which students new to computerized lunch systems often ask.

How do free and reduced price meals work?
Students eligible for free and reduced price meals will follow the same procedure as everyone else. Student's eligible for free or reduced meals will not be charged for their meals. By using this system, not even the cashier needs to know a student's eligibility status.

How do I enter my identification number?
A keypad is located at the cashier's stand. Enter the numbers and then press the green ENTER key on the keypad. A steady green light will appear to signal you to go ahead.

What if I pressed a wrong key?
The green light on the keypad will blink and you cannot go ahead. Press the red CLEAR button to start over.

How do you know it is my account?
After you press the green ENTER key, your name will appear on the cash register screen.

How will I know how much money is in my account?
You may ask the cashier for the balance in your prepaid account at any time. The cashier will tell you what your balance is. The cashier will also notify you when your account is getting low either by a verbal reminder or written notification. The district may also mail home reminders. 

Can I use my account to purchase a la carte items?
Yes, you can use your account for school lunch, and all a la carte items. Students MUST have a positive balance in order to purchase  a la carte items. THERE WILL NOT BE ANY CASH ACCEPTED IN THE CAFETERIA in order to keep the lines moving quickly.

How do I deposit money into my account?
Checks or cash can be dropped off at the designated station in the principal's office at the Elementary Schools and Twin Bluff Middle School in the morning before school starts. Your deposit will show up in your account the following day. Please allow 2-3 business days to see payment in your child's account, when accessing PayPAMS.com. At the High School, checks and cash can be deposited in the Courtyard Café before school starts. Please make sure your name and identification number is written at the bottom of the check.


The Minnesota Department of Health requires schools to publish the inspection reports. Click on links below to view these reports.
Red Wing High School
Red Wing High School Nook
Twin Bluff Middle School
Burnside Elementary
Sunnyside Elementary
Colvill Family Center
Tower View High School












 

USDA 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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.