The mission of the WBLAS Nutrition Services, an exceptional team vital to our district dedicated to the nutritional needs of our students, is to ensure nutritionally enticing meals in a safe and welcoming environment that acknowledges and values each student through a system distinguished by:
- A student driven menu
- Sustainable and locally sourced foods
- Innovative equipment and technology
- Knowledgeable staff; and
- Students with life-long healthy eating habits
- Free & Reduced-Price Meals
- Meal Costs & Payments
- Menus & Nutrition Information
- Special Diets
- Food Permits & Catering
- News and Links
- Contact Us
The 2021-2022 Application for Educational Benefits is now available.
Families meeting federal household income guidelines may qualify for free or reduced priced meals. To request an application be mailed to you, please call 651-407-7515 or stop by your student's school to pick one up. You may also apply online at the White Bear Lake Area Schools Online Meal Application site by clicking the link below.
Even though free meals are available to all for the 2021-2022 school year, it is still very important that families who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals complete the meal application as soon as possible.
The meal applications not only qualify your family for free meal benefits, but also provide additional benefits that may include discounts for: internet access, college application fees, sports/activities fees, and AP test registration fees.
Completing the Application:
Complete the Application for Educational Benefits form for school year 2021-22 if any of the following applies to your household:
Any household member currently participates in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or
The household includes one or more foster children (a welfare agency or court has legal responsibility for the child), or
The total income of household members is within the guidelines shown below (gross earnings before deductions, not take-home pay). Do not include as income: foster care payments, federal education benefits, MFIP payments, or value of assistance received from SNAP, WIC, or FDPIR. Military: Do not include combat pay or assistance from the Military Privatized Housing Initiative. The income guidelines are effective from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
Maximum Total Income
View this video or quick card for easy to use instructions for completing the application online.
Click here for translated applications. This page features foreign language translations of the Prototype Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals.
Meal Benefits frequently asked questions.
Why is it important to turn in the free and reduced lunch application by September 30?
In order for your school to receive extra federal funding (which can keep classes small), our district must submit your application to the federal government by October 1. Applications sent to the federal government after that time will not help schools receive extra funding. Also, if you don't submit the form and aren't able to to pay your lunch bill, the federal government may not reimburse your school for all of your child's meals. In short, your school loses money.
An additional benefit for families of students that are in activities is that they will pay a lower fee or no fee for participating in an activity if you qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Comida Escolar Gratis o a Precio Reducido
Las familias pueden calificar para recibir comida escolar gratis si los ingresos de su hogar están dentro del ingreso máximo para su tamaño de hogar bajo las reglas federales. Para pedir que usted reciba una aplicación por correo postal, favor de llamar al Departamento de Nutrición al 651-407-7515, o al 651-407-7625 para ayuda en español. También puede pedir una aplicación en la oficina escolar de su estudiante. Si usted prefiere, puede llenar la aplicación en línea- simplemente haga clic en el enlace abajo.
Instrucciones fáciles para completar la aplicación en línea.
NOTICE: Free school meals (breakfast and lunch) through June 2022!
The USDA has extended free school meals through the school year.
Reasons why you should take advantage of the free school meals being offered:
- It extends your food budget and saves you time prepping meals
- It’s comforting and familiar to your kids to have food from school
- It’s confidential and not only for low-income families
- You’re helping the local food service program stay financially afloat
- You’re helping the food program use up food inventory = less waste
White Bear Lake Area Schools has a computerized meal payment system that assigns a special 'pin' number to each student. This is like a pre-paid credit card. Parents deposit money into their student's account and students will enter their pin number to pay for all purchases.
Ala Carte snack purchases are still available at secondary schools and some elementary schools. Money for these purchases can be brought to school via cash or check or entered through SmartSchoolK12 online. More information is listed below.
- Meal Costs
- Free and Reduced-Price Meals
- Meal Account Refunds and Procedures
- Angel Fund and Donations
Families meeting federal household income guidelines may qualify for free or reduced priced meals. To request an application be mailed to you, please call 651.407.7515 or stop by your student's school to pick one up. You may also apply online at the White Bear Lake Area Schools Online Meal Application site.
Please keep your student's account in good financial standing! If you are having problems keeping your account up-to-date, contact Bridget Lehn at 651.407.7524 to make arrangements. Do not let your student account fall into the minus!
Click here to access our meal charge procedures.
Deposits will be taken each day at school, please include your child's name and pin number:
- Online Payments:
- Name and Pin # in the memo space
- Place in a sealed envelope. On the outside, print the child's name, pin number and dollar amount.
For your convenience we have calculated the meal prices for each month and the full year. Click here for information.
Meal accounts can be accessed online through SmartSchoolK12.
With SmartSchoolK12 parents/guardians are able to:
- prepay for school meals;
- view student account balance;
- view account payment history;
- schedule automatic payments;
- receive e-mail notification on account balance status;
- receive e-mail confirmation on scheduled payments;
- choose Visa, MasterCard, or Debit Cards
- view account history and see items purchased
Setting up your SmartSchoolK12 Account
Click here to access information to set up your account profile.
You will need your student(s) ID number. This is different than their lunch pin number. Please contact the school office if you are unsure or need to verify.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Rachel Rancour, Nutrition Services Administrator via phone at 651.407.7515 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a fund used by Nutrition Services as a safety net for students in grades K-12 that do not have sufficient funds in their accounts due to circumstances beyond their control and who do not qualify for meal benefits. The fund saves children the embarrassment of not having money to pay for their meals. This is a temporary solution until other arrangements can be made to assist the child and family on a more permanent basis.
How does it work? Funds are available to provide students with nutritious lunch when the need has been identified by the principal, teacher or other designated staff member. A referral must be sent to the nutrition services office before funds may be transferred.
How can I contribute? Donations are accepted year-round from individuals or groups. Contributions should be mailed to Nutrition Services Office at 4855 Bloom Ave, Room 310, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Checks should be made payable to White Bear Nutrition Services Angel Fund. Please indicate if you would like to remain anonymous in the school board minutes. You may also make a donation directly to your child's school.
Menus can be found on the Nutrislice web site along with nutritional analysis.
With Nutrislice you'll be able to:
- View descriptions and photos.
- Find nutrition information and carb counts.
- Rate the foods and leave comments.
- Translate menus into a variety of languages.
- Print menus directly from the website.
Special diet requests, such as gluten free, require a completed Special Diet Statement and discussion with the Nutrition Services Director before they are able to be served.
White Bear Lake Nutrition Services recognizes the importance of special diets and allergy concerns. Our staff have been trained on proper sanitation techniques to avoid cross-contamination during production of foods with allergens.
Parents are encouraged to visit their student's School Nutrition Manager or the district Nutrition Services Coordinator to review nutrient labels. Managers can show families how food is produced and the care they give to ensure a safe place for all students. Please keep in mind that students, staff, and community members still bring foods from home. Therefore, our schools cannot be guaranteed "free" from any allergy source.
Nutrition Services makes every reasonable effort to purchase nut free products for food items served in the district. However, due to voluntary food labeling and manufacturing/packaging facilities, Nutrition Services cannot guarantee that all items are processed in a nut or allergen free environment.
Parents or Guardians may request lactose free milk by completing the fluid milk substitute form using the Special Diet Statement and submitting it to your student's school nurse. Lactose free milk requests do not require a doctor's signature.
Other milk substitutions that are not nutritionally equivalent to cow's milk, such as rice milk, will require additional documentation.
White Bear Lake Area Schools Nutrition Services will provide special dietary requests for students with food allergies and/or other dietary restrictions.
In accordance with federal USDA regulations, the Special Diet Statement must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian as well as their physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse, such as certified nurse practitioner. This must be completed before any accommodations are able to be made.
If no substitutions are required, a form is not needed, however families are encouraged to connect with the kitchen manager and school nurse.
Please visit White Bear Lake Area School District's Nutrislice menus to see the allergens in the menu items served. At the top right, you will be able to filter the menu items by allergens of concern. Simply click on the allergen(s) your child must avoid and they will appear crossed off when viewing our menus. The foods containing the allergen(s) of concern will not print if you choose to print the filtered menu. Contact the Menu Specialist at email@example.com with any questions.
Special Diet Menus
*Menus are subject to change
What is a special diet statement for a participant with a disability that affects the diet?
The special diet statement is a form which provides information about the child, the disability for which the diet must be modified, defines which foods are to be omitted and substituted and is signed by a licensed physician, physician assistant or advanced practice nurse (such as a nurse practitioner).
A food allergy that results in a life threatening (anaphylactic reaction) would be an example of a special dietary need with a disability.
What is a special diet statement for a participant without a disability that affects the diet?
Substitutions for students without a disability will be made on a case-by case basis when supported by the Special Diet Statement.
Generally, a participant with a food allergy OR a food intolerance that does not result in a life threatening (anaphylactic) reaction, is not considered to be a person with a disability.
In most cases, the special dietary needs of a person who does not have a disability may be managed within the normal program meal service by avoiding certain food and choosing others. The special diet statement is needed only if a food substitution is requested.
Do I need to have a form completed every year?
The parent/guardian is responsible for providing a new special diet statement if there are any updates or changes to the current dietary form on file. It is not necessary to provide a new special diet statement every school year if there are no dietary changes.
Where should I submit my Special Diet information?
Forms should be completed and returned to your school nurse. The nurse will forward to the Nutrition Services Director and School Kitchen Manager.
- Persons or groups serving food to the public
- An event where attendees are able to:
- Purchase Food
- Give a donation for food
- Pay admission - which would include food
- If you would like to use the school kitchen or serving equipment for any reason
- If you are unsure - please complete the form!
- Bake Sales, Carnivals, Community Events, Concessions, Fundraisers, and Tournaments
A food permit form is not needed for private and invite-only events including potlucks, staff meetings, team meetings, and the like - unless money is exchanged such as a $5.00 suggested donation for a working lunch.
Complete the WBL Food Permit form as soon as you know about your event but at least one (1) week prior. If you need to submit to Ramsey or Washington County, they require the application to be received at least two (2) business days before the event.
You will be contacted by Nutrition Services with additional information.
- School Lunch provides the nutrition children need.
- Proper nutrition improves a child's behavior, school performance, and overall cognitive development.
- Properly nourished children more actively participate in the education experience.
- A healthy eating environment teaches children good nutrition and the elements of a proper diet, which can have positive effects on children's eating habits and physical well-being throughout life.
- Bridget Lehn, MBA, RD, Director of Nutrition Services
- 651-407-7524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Traci Donahoe, Menu Specialist
- 651-407-7634 or email email@example.com
- Rachel Rancour, Nutrition Services Administrative Assistant
- 651-407-7515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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