Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

  • Welcome to the Food and 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. 

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  • No Kid Hungry

    Important Update: No Kid Hungry Texting Line Move to a New Number
    As you may know, No Kid Hungry oversees a national texting hotline that helps parents, caregivers, community leaders and others find food assistance (summer meal sites and/or emergency food distribution sites) in their communities. This texting service is making a difference - since the start of the pandemic, more than 235,000 families have texted the site for information on how to locate food assistance in their communities.
    **The 877-877 texting number will be discontinued this month. From now on, parents and caregivers should text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 304-304 to find the nearest meal sites. They can also continue to find information online, visiting or**


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  • Food and Nutrition Services Help Wanted
    Willmar Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services have positions available in the following locations:


    • FNS Assistant/Cashier: 6 hours/day


    • FNS Lunchroom Supervisor: 2.5 hours/day

    Senior High:

    • FNS Assistant: 4 hours/day
    • FNS Assistant: 5 hours/day
    • FNS Cashier: 4 1/2 hours/day

    All sites:

    • Float Second Cook: 6.25 hours/day
    • FNS Substitute: varies 2-5 hours/day depending on your availability!
    Please call 320-231-8521 for additional info or apply online at
    or pick up an application at our District Office (WEAC) located at 611 SW 5th Street in Willmar.
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  • The Application for Education Benefits helps the district in other ways too, by completing the application more money is given to the schools to provide education for your children, and helps the schools provide other services your child might need.
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  • 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:, 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
    Responsibilities: New employee recruiting/hiring/training, menus, special diets/allergens, nutrition information, nutrition education, and student wellness committee

    FNS Purchasing Coordinator

    Theresa Herding
    Responsibilities: Purchasing of food and supplies, billing, purchase orders, and production support

    FNS Business Coordinator

    Melissa Stiles

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

    FNS Administrative Assistant

    Ally Thompson

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