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Providing nearly 2,000,000 meals to more than 18,800 SoWashCo Schools students every year with the help of over 140 employees.

All menus meet or exceed USDA standards. The breakfast menu consists of whole grains, lean protein, fruit and milk daily. The lunch menu consists of whole grains, lean protein, fruit, vegetables and milk daily. Complete nutrition and allergen information can be found on SchoolCafé. 

Free School Meal Program 

The Free School Meals Program begins July 1, 2023. South Washington County Schools will participate in the state funded program, which provides free meals to all students. Free School Meals entitles each student to one free breakfast and one free lunch on all in-person academic days. All items outside of the complete meal are considered ala carte purchases. These purchases require funds available in the student’s lunch account. Qualifying families should continue to complete the Educational Benefits Application, which provides a variety of discounted or free benefits to students for field trips, athletics, instrument rentals, Kids club and more. We are anticipating an increase in student meal participation and are working to fully staff and prepare our kitchens to meet this demand. If you are interested in joining our Nutrition Services Team, you can apply now.

Students will be required to use their PIN numbers. See section under Meal Accounts on how to access your student's PIN.

Tip:  Make your child's phone or IPad login their lunch pin. This is a quick way to get them to learn prior to the start of the school year. Pin numbers can be found in your Parent Portal account.

Food Shortages and Menu Changes

School Menus

Due to nationwide shortages of certain food items, SoWashCo Schools menus may not accurately reflect what will be served that day. Schools will continue to offer nutritious meals to students each day. We thank you for your patience and understanding.


Wendy Peterson
Director of Nutrition Services

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Free Meals Information

Educational Benefits 

Meal Accounts

Pricing and Nutrition 

Parents must review their senior's meal account balance to determine what to do with any funds that remain in their student's account after graduation. Be sure to remove any automatic payments made to your student's lunch account.

Parents have 3 options for handling any remaining lunch balance after graduation.

  1. Request a refund check, only if the amount of the balance is $10.00 or more.
  2. Balances may be transferred to another student's lunch account.
  3. Donate the balance to the Angel Fund.

Prior to contacting Nutrition Services please remove any automatic payments in SchoolCafe. 

Parents must fill out the SoWashCo Schoolcafé Account Refund or Transfer Form Google document. If you need any additional help, contact the Nutrition Services Department at 651-425-6280 or Any unclaimed balances will be donated to the Angel Fund after March 1st of the following year.

If this is your only student or last student, you may deactivate your account. You can do this in the My Profile section of your account, on the bottom of the web page there is a button that says Deactivate My Account. If you choose not to do this, you may continue to receive email notifications from SchoolCafe.

Wellness Committee 

Wellness Committee Documents

The Wellness Committee works to assure a school environment that promotes and enhances students’ health, wellbeing, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.  

This is done through:  

  • Increasing awareness of the SoWashCo Schools wellness policy throughout the school district and community.
  • Assessing implementation in our schools and working towards continuous improvement.
  • Promoting student health and wellbeing in our schools and the community.

The Wellness Committee meets 3-4 times per-year. 

Future meetings: 

  • November 1, 2023 4:00 PM
  • January 22, 2024 4:00 PM
  • April 15, 2024 4:00 PM