New this Year: Middle School and High School
Cafe #110, Nutrition Department of Waconia Public Schools, is excited to announce that we are providing more student access to fresh and healthy food options.
New vending machines have been installed at the Waconia High School in the hallway near the wrestling room, and they are planned to be installed at the Middle School in the cafeteria commons area at the start of this school year. These vending machines contain a variety of healthy items such as fresh made sandwiches, meat/cheese trays, Smuckers P&J sandwiches, fresh fruit cups; Cafe #110 signature items including homemade yogurt parfaits, pudding parfaits, pastries, homemade snacks; beverages such as chocolate milk, Vitamin Water, protein shakes, & sport drinks; assorted chips & snacks. The menu selection will rotate based on popularity and upcoming activities. Our goal with these machines is to support the nutritional needs of students participating in after-school activities.
VENDING MACHINE HOURS FOR CASH PURCHASES:
Waconia High School
24 hours a day.
Waconia Middle School
3:15 p.m. through the evening, on school days; and 24 hours a day on the weekends.
The Nutrition Services Program participates in the National School Lunch Program, which is a federally funded program that assists in providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free meals to students each day. This packet includes an application to the program, it is also available at your student’s school and electronically on the food services page on the District website. The application must be fully completed (be sure to include everyone in your household and all income) and return to the Food Services office by fax, mail, e-mail, or drop it off at your student’s school. First-time applicants will need to have their applications approved before the benefits will apply, until that time, full charges will apply. For families with benefits from the previous year, a new application must be submitted each school year by the 30th school day or the benefit carry-over will expire.
This is the perfect time to check your family balance and to add funds: www.wordwareinc.com
Please note that: at the present time, parents are not able to put limits on student spending in the lunch lines during school breakfast or lunch periods.
Waconia Public Schools / Cafe #110 General Information For All Grades for 2018-19 School Year
Barbara Schank, Director, Food & Nutrition Services
I want to extend a warm welcome from Cafe #110. Our team is very excited to kick-off a new school year featuring several new menu items.
Our teams are committed to preparing and serving nutritious meals and enhancing children’s overall health and well-being through sound nutrition. We operate 9 student cafeterias. Our services include breakfast that begins 30 minutes before the first bell, lunch at each school, snack break at Southview Elementary, and catering throughout the district.
These teams work with me to develop amazing meals for our students. Many of our creations are made from scratch using quality, healthy ingredients. Choice and variety are important to students,so our menu is planned to provide a variety of options. Each day there are two entree options at the elementary level, and 4-5 entree options available at the middle school and high school levels.
A lunch is comprised of 5 basic food components: meat/meat alternate; grain; vegetable; fruit; & milk. Students must select at least 3 of these components for a complete meal (1 of which must be a vegetable or fruit). We realize that children can be particular about fruit and vegetable selections and that is why we offer upwards of 10-15 choices for students on most days. As a companion to our vegetables, we also make our own ranch dressing which has been developed with input from students.
As you can see, we work very hard to respond to the various nutritional needs of all students. If your child has an allergy to any food, please contact your school nurse.
Purchasing a meal is very easy. Every student is assigned a student ID that is tied to his or her meal account. Students type in their ID at the register. The account is similar to a checking account where purchases are deducted from funds applied to the account. Funds can be applied using a credit card, cash, or a check paid to the kitchen cashier or the school office. Online credit and debit payments are available by following the payment links on the District website or by using this link: wordwareinc.com.
Your student’s account balance and purchase statement can be viewed by logging into your Family Access page. All meal accounts are “family accounts,” meaning that all children in a household belong to the same account. When a family account reaches -$.01, an automated email will be sent to the parent/guardian. These notices take place daily as a service to our families to ensure that negative charges do not accrue before a parent/guardian is made aware.
FAMILIES CAN, AND ARE ENCOURAGED TO RESET THIS LOW BALANCE NOTIFICATION TO YOUR PREFERENCE WHEN LOGGED INTO WWW.WORDWAREINC.COM
A few more tips to prepare you and your child for activity in our cafeterias this fall:
We are continuing our commitment to:
Promote participation in our breakfast and lunch programs
Provide more scratch food items
Provide safe and secure foods
Prevent food allergy contact
Provide a variety of seasonal fresh and alternate fruits and vegetables every day
Offer fewer processed foods
Reduce our environmental footprint
Provide outstanding customer service
Offer meal choices every day that are well liked
Challenge kids to learn about their food choices and nutrition
Keep meal costs low by being efficient and effective