Welcome to the Food Services department. Columbia Heights Public Schools provide students with access to a variety of foods that meet the health and nutritional needs of our students. We serve foods that meet state and federal requirements, which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.
Our team has been working hard to prepare to greet all students and assist with the relearning of student PIN numbers, and offer a variety of food choices to appeal to all students. It was a challenging couple of years during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we hope that the menu changes planned for this school year will further help all of our students reach their academic goals. If you have a student with special dietary needs, please have your health care provider fill out the Special Dietary Needs form attached below and turn it into the school nurse at the Back to School open house.
Our team looks forward to serving your students all year! Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Pam Haupt, Food Service Coordinator
Student Meal Account Information
Below are the instructions for creating an online account with MySchoolBucks, so you can track the meals your student is getting, track their balance and make payments/add funds to their lunch account.
- Go to www.myschoolbucks.com (or alternatively a link can be found on our district website by going to: www.colheights.k12.mn.us – “MENUS” à “ONLINE MEAL PAYMENTS”)
- “Sign Up Free”
- Complete the steps (it asks for your email, first and last name, phone number (used for password resets if you would like that option), and finally you create a password)
- Once created, it will have you log-in for the first time (it will probably have a verification code sent to you the first time, but you can select “Don’t Ask Again” to avoid that in the future)
- It will show you your account information, including the contact information you entered, as well as the Account Security (which you can set up at this time, in case you forget your password at any point).
- Once you are ready, click “Get Started”
- It will then have you add your District – so state = Minnesota, District = Columbia Heights ISD à “Add District”
- It should either have a pop-up to click on that says “Add Student” or, it will just be right on the first screen.
- You will then complete the information for your student(s) – School, First and Last Name are REQUIRED – and EITHER the birthday of the student OR student number (or both if you’d like) as the second form of verification to locate them
- Once you enter the information, and click “Find Student”, it will bring up a “match”, verify the information and click “Add Student”
- It will have the option to receive emails if the account falls below $X (you can decide) and you will be able to see and track the balance from the home screen when you log in, additionally once the meals start being charged, you can see the cafeteria purchase history as well.
Educational Benefits (Free and Reduced Lunch)
Columbia Heights Public Schools provides a healthy breakfast and lunch for students each day. It is very important that all families fill out an educational benefits application to see if the household qualifies for educational benefits, including free or reduced-priced meals and snacks. Starting on September 6th, 2022, all meals will be charged to students based on their eligibility status. The cost of a paid breakfast is $1.90 (secondary students, grades 6-12) and $1.70 for (elementary students, grades Pre-K-5). The paid lunch is $2.80 (secondary students, grades 6-12) and $2.55 for (elementary students, grades Pre-K-5).
All familes should fill out an online educational benefits application prior to the first day of school on September 6th, 2022. There are other benefits that apply to households who qualify for free or reduced-priced meal benefits including:
- Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) (a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit that is loaded onto electronic cards for families to purchase food)
- Reduced rates for middle and high school activities
- Compensatory funds for the District to reduce class sizes, provide counseling and social work services, and hire media specialists and educational assistants
- Reduced tuition and/or scholarships for early childhood programming
- Reduced AP testing and college application fees
- Title 1 funds for the District for academic support
School Meal Requirements
Proper nutrition affects students' academic performance as well as their health, so healthy meals play an important role in public schools. Students in Columbia Heights Public Schools can enjoy well-balanced meals at breakfast and lunch every school day.
Enjoy your meals!
What must they contain?
A student must take three full components (as listed on the attachment). One MUST be a ½ cup fruit or vegetable or a combination of fruit/vegetable. They may take up to all five components:
- Meat or Meat Alternate
Where do students or families access the menus?
Our school lunch menus are all available online.
How do you apply for free/reduced price lunch?
Families can apply online or by filling out and returning a hard copy form. Forms are available at all schools and the Placement Center.
Who can families contact with questions at the school or district level about food or accounts?
Parents can contact their school's kitchen manager with any questions regarding meals or accounts.