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Food & Nutrition

Welcome to the Food & Nutrition Service Page!

Student Nutrition is an important part of the school day. Willmar Public Schools participates in the National Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Kindergarten Milk Program in addition to other child nutrition programs. School lunches and school breakfasts are served at all schools. Our district provides a great variety of meals packed with the energy children need to learn and grow. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please contact the Food and Nutrition Department. 

Lets Eat

 

Announcements

Please see our Summer Food Service page to find out more information on ALL that we are offering over the summertime. We hope to see you this summer!

 

The state of Minnesota is implementing the new Summer EBT program in summer 2024. The Summer EBT program is for eligible households with school-aged children.

It will provide $40/month per child ($120 total) during the summer months to purchase healthy food. These funds will be placed on new EBT cards, which will be issued to each eligible student by the state. These are expected to be sent out in July.
Each eligible student will get a new S-EBT card. Keep this card. 

If your students are approved for Free/Reduced meals by 8/31/2024, they will automatically be enrolled in this program. No action is needed.
If not currently qualified or would like to apply for benefits, please fill out an application by August 31, 2024 by clicking on the following link: https://www.willmar.k12.mn.us/Page/2701
The first round of cards will be mailed in July 2024.

Please contact Willmar Public Schools if you feel your child has been incorrectly certified for Summer EBT or if you do not want to receive Summer EBT.
More information is to come as is available.

Contact Information:
S-EBT Website:
Coming Soon
S-EBT Email Address: Coming Soon
S-EBT Call Center: 1-833-454-0153

Willmar Public Schools
FNS Business Coordinator: WPSFNS@Willmar.k12.mn.us

Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
(2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Willmar Education and Arts Center Building
611 SW 5th Street
Willmar, MN 56201
 

Director of FNS

Danaca Jensen, RD, LD
 
Responsibilities: Overall department management, billing and finance, and staff management
 

Assistant Director of FNS

Bobbi Varichak, MBA, DTR, SNS
320-231-8473
 
Responsibilities: New employee recruiting/hiring/training, menus, special diets/allergens, nutrition information, nutrition education, and student wellness committee
 

FNS Purchasing Coordinator

Theresa Herding
herdingt@willmar.k12.mn.us
320-231-8529
 
Responsibilities: Purchasing of food and supplies, billing, purchase orders, and production support
 
 

FNS Business Coordinator

Melissa Stiles
stilesm@willmar.k12.mn.us
320-231-8526

Responsibilities: Free and reduced meal applications, direct certification, P-EBT, monthly meal claims, and cashier support
 

FNS Administrative Assistant

Ally Thompson
thompsona@willmar.k12.mn.us
320-231-8516

Responsibilities: Meal account payments, general inquiries, scheduling of meetings for Director and Assistant Director, and office support