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Food Service Program

St. Paul's has been blessed to receive Hot Lunch services in coordination with the Holmen School District. These lunches are served hot and ready for those who wish to utilize this service.

For any questions concerning our food service program, please contact our Food Service Director, Amy Roush at

aroush@stpaulsonalaska.org.

Important Food Service Information

Pricing

Student Lunch (includes one milk): $3.75 for the 2022-2023 SY*
Adult/Staff Lunch (includes one milk): $4.65
A la carte milk: $.50

Ordering Lunch

Our food service begins on the first day of school.  Please ensure your child is prepared to order and that payment for lunches has been made prior to ordering.  

 

Lunch orders are taken daily by your child’s teacher.  Each day there are two main entrée options.  In addition, each day a preorder will be taken by the teachers to give Holmen an indication of how many lunches they need to prepare for the next day.  It is important for your child to know their daily option and for the next day if they are taking hot or cold lunch as it affects our order and preorder numbers. Thank you in advance!

If your child will be late for school due to an appointment or other circumstance, please send him/her with a cold lunch or call the school office to order lunch for your child by 8 am that day. Since our lunches are ordered we cannot guarantee we will have a hot lunch for your child if they come to school late and are in need of a hot lunch.

 

If your child orders a lunch, but goes home sick or leaves for an appointment, you will not be charged for that lunch.  However, St. Paul’s will still be charged.  Please help your child understand their daily schedule so that extra lunches are not ordered.  We would like to continue to keep the cost of hot lunches affordable where additional program costs may increase the price of student lunches in the future.

Foodservice Payments and Balances

We use Educate as our food service processing system.  Each family has one food service account for all children.  Please note, this is a different system from TADS where you conduct your tuition management.  You will need a separate username and password to log in and view your food service balance and history.  Links to Educate can be found on ParentSquare and on our website.  If you have any questions on how to log in to Educate, please contact the Food Service Director.

If you have a positive balances that has been carried over from last school year, please login to Educate to find your balance.  Any unused account balance at the end of the year will be carried over to the next school year.  If you have an eighth grader with no children returning, or withdrawing during the school year, a refund will be made to accounts greater than $1.

Foodservice account payments are accepted daily.  You may send payment with your child or drop off your payment in the school office.  As of now, we do not have a way to accept credit card payments, therefore we accept cash and check. Please make checks out to St. Paul’s. Please place cash payments in an envelope that is clearly labeled with the student or family name.

Negative Balances

According to DPI regulations, we are not allowed to have family lunch accounts keep a negative balance.  There are many ways in which we help remind you to make payments if you do have a negative balance or are close to a negative balance.

Throughout the year, if your account is $10 or less you will receive an automated weekly message alerting you that payment for your account needs to be paid soon.  If your family account goes negative, you will receive an automated message daily until payment is made. The Board of Education has approved a policy that if your account goes negative $30 and you do not make payment, your children may be at risk for not receiving hot lunch meals until payment is made.  Therefore, it is important to utilize Educate and make payments when necessary to ensure your child receives lunch and help us ensure that DPI regulations are met. 

Note: All notifications will be sent to the parent/guardian that was selected during TADS enrollment. If that contact needs to be changed throughout the year, please contact the Food Service Director.

To answer any further questions you may have, you can find the negative balance policy here, or you can contact the Food Service Director.

Free and Reduced

As a part of the National School Lunch Program, St. Paul’s is able to offer qualifying students free and reduced-priced meals.  If you are interested in applying for Free and Reduced at any time during the school year, you can do so in three easy steps.

  1. Read through the FAQs Sheet

  2. Read through the Application Instructions.

  3. Print a copy of the Free and Reduced Application and fill it out.

 

Once an application is complete, please return it to the school office.  You will be notified of a decision within 72 hours by the Food Service Director.  If you have any questions or need help filling out an application, please contact the Food Service Director.

Wellness Policy

St. Paul’s has a local wellness policy, which guides our efforts in creating a healthy environment where students can learn and grow.  For more information, please see our Wellness Policy.

Volunteers are always welcome!

Our food service program depends heavily upon our wonderful parent and church member volunteers.  There is no prior serving experience needed.  Daily we need two volunteers to serve the meal, and some light set up and clean up before and after lunch.  Volunteers should be in the kitchen at 11 am and will be there till around 1 pm. Often, you are done earlier.  As a volunteer, you receive a free meal for serving.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does require some annual training. There is a one-hour Civil Rights training that needs to be completed prior to volunteering.  Some volunteers help a specific day every week, while others help out as their schedule allows.  If you would like to be added to our sub list in the event a volunteer is unable to work on a scheduled day, please email Katy Miller at kmiller@sptaulsonalaska.org.

We use Sign Up Genius to register for lunch volunteering.  If you are a member of ParentSquare you may join the Food Service group located under “Participate” > “Groups” and sign up to be a member.  You will then receive food service communications and posts, and have the ability to register through Sign Up Genius within ParentSquare. Grandparents and Church member volunteers may email kmiller@stpaulsonalaska.org to request guest access to ParentSquare.