Educational benefits include waivers for certain school fees as well as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits.
Qualifying applications generate much needed educational funds for all of our schools.
We are proud to serve high quality, nutritious meals in every Bloomington school. Our goal is to provide students with the best food possible to promote healthy physical and mental development. We create healthy menu choices that meet federal school meal requirements for fat, sugar, salt and whole grains, including locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Nutrition and Menu Planning
Several factors guide the choices made in planning school lunch menus, including foods that are popular with students, meet USDA dietary guidelines and fall within budget parameters. Meals are planned with a goal of providing students with one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for key nutrients and calories. A dietitian reviews and analyzes each menu.
National School Lunch Program
Bloomington Public Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program. USDA child nutrition programs are reviewed every three years by the Minnesota Department of Education and USDA. Kitchens are inspected by state and city health departments and have excellent report records.
Reducing Food Waste
In an effort to reduce food waste, an “offer versus serve” option is provided in compliance with federal standards. Students must be offered the minimum daily serving requirement of specific food components comprising of what constitutes a complete reimbursable meal, either breakfast or lunch. Students may decline one breakfast component and up to two lunch components.
Federal regulations require meals to be priced as a complete unit and students must pay for the full meal even if they choose the minimum of foods offered.
- Current and new meal pattern requirements
- Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act breakfast meal pattern
- Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act lunch meal pattern
- Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act vegetable sub-groups
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
Or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY).