News and interesting tidbits about Husker breakfast and lunch.
Our elementary cafeteria supervisor found this graphic about helping kids be as independent as possible when we are allowed to get the students back at lunch. The graphic points to home lunches, but be aware that due to increased food safety rules, your children will get more pre-wrapped items in their school lunches this year. The more packaging your child can open on their own, the more time they will have to eat vs waiting for our assistance.
Applications for free or reduced meal benefits for the 20-21 school year are now available on the district webpage. The application will also be included in the District Newsletter in August and electronically on Skyward with other back to school information later this summer. A new application is required every school year. If your family qualifies for meal benefits, be sure to apply even if your child doesn't often eat school meals. The percentage of qualified students affects district funding in many areas.
If USDA would approve universal (free) meals for all students this year, it would greatly simplify serving students in the cafeterias with all the extra precautions that will be necessary. If you talk to a legislator, please encourage universal school meals.
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[06/22/20] For those graduating seniors waiting on refunds of lunch money, please hold tight. Those checks should be mailed out this week. As you can imagine, the Business Office has had many sorts of refunds to process this crazy spring and is working diligently to refund everything efficiently. Thanks for your patience and congratulations to the class of 2020!
Husker Families! If your family qualified for free/reduced meals when school let out in March, you may be able to receive extra assistance to purchase food via the Pandemic EBT program. See this link for information: https://mn.p-ebt.org/en/. Please share with anyone you know who may benefit all over Minnesota, not just our district.
mn.p-ebt.org This program, called P-EBT, is for students in Minnesota who are normally able to get free or reduced price school meals. Apply and get up to $325 per child to spend on groceries.
Now that school is over for the summer, families may still need access to free meals for their kids. Summer Eats MN has information on where to find meals this summer that are closest to you. See the flyer for information about the local food shelf.
[05/27/20] The extra meals are gone now. Have a fun, restful summer break.
[05/27/20] Our meal count yesterday was lower than we'd anticipated. There are quite a few lunches left! Stop at school, Door E1, after 8:30am Wednesday to pick up a meal for any child under 18 until they are gone. First come, first served. There will be a notice here on Facebook when we are out. Thanks and have a great summer!
[05/26/20] Our meal count today was lower than we'd anticipated. There are quite a few lunches left! (Like maybe around 100.). Stop at school, Door E1, after 8:30am Wednesday to pick up a meal for any child under 18 until they are gone. First come, first served. There will be a notice here on Facebook when we are out. Thanks and have a great summer!
Those of you who have been following our Nutrition Services page on Facebook during this school shutdown have probably noticed that we've got some great fans. Two ladies have liked, commented and often shared nearly every post we put up. One you know as Mrs. Harren who taught Kindergarten here at Holdingford Elementary for many years. The other is probably not familiar to our families as she is my (Melissa) mom. The kitchen staff know her because she is a recently retired foodservice director and they have all met her at conferences. One year, she and my dad even took the day off work to be extra grandparents here on Grandparent's Day for students who didn't have a guest...and to check out my work space. I hope everyone has fans like that🥰.
The past few months have been an adventure to say the least. Facebook has helped us keep in contact when we cannot be together. The many Likes and Comments boosted morale! For all of you who have followed us, shared or otherwise engaged, many thanks!
[05/26/20] We've just finished loading the buses for the last time. Lunches are headed out to the stops now!
Tuesday May 26 will be the last meal delivery of the school year. The whole foodservice staff wish all of our students and families a super summer.
Casey's of St. Joseph treated the cooks, bus drivers and childcare workers to a delicious pizza lunch today. They call it "Slice of Thanks" and chose Holdingford Schools in honor of their long-time manager, Greg Hartung, who tragically passed away early this month. Greg's wife and four of their seven children were on hand to honor Greg and thank Holdingford's front line workers for providing food and childcare during the school shutdown.
Be sure to pick up meals today before the holiday weekend. There is one last pick up Tuesday next week. Happy Memorial Day!
There will be hard cooked eggs in the lunches this week. Watch Mary show your kids how to peel them!
Helping Hands of Holdingford will be having a free produce distribution this week on Wednesday, May 20th from 4 - 6pm at 531 Main Street Holdingford. They will be distributing boxes which contain potatoes, onions and apples. This distribution is for the entire community, so help get the word out.
Here is the final meal sign up for the school year. Mark your calendar for Tuesday May 26th which is the last delivery for the summer. We hope to be all together again for lunch sometime soon! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEsA88nMZl6CUZC2LObaIUjzvXvpZ3-DhWs_-RXlpAJEuWiA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Rain, rain, go away... It's going to be wet out there today, but our cooks and bus drivers will be there with your meals this morning. See you soon!
Judy came back from delivering meals with the most giant Thank You note. Lydia and Evelyn were holding it up for her at their bus stop today. What a great gift, girls!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and mother-like people in our lives! Take a moment over the weekend to thank those people who have helped you become the person you are today. Had we been in school today, it would have been Grandparent's Day which is one of the wildest, busiest days of the year. The cooks are really missing seeing all the kids and grandparents today! We refer to that day as "delightfully exhausting." Let's hope we are able to gather in such a free-spirited way again someday. Our foodservice team will be sure to have some of our homemade bread and famous cole slaw ready!
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Here is the meal sign up for next week. Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms and best of luck to all the fishermen.
docs.google.com Please complete form to get breakfasts and lunches for your children age 18 and under. This survey is for meals to be picked up May 11-15. A separate survey will be sent out for next week. Please bring a box or bags to carry lunches if you can. Thank you. **Meals will be Mondays (2 meals), Wednesday...
Hey Husker Families! We are as excited to see you and your kids at the bus stops as your kids are to see us. That being said, don't forget to use social distancing between yourself and your neighbors when picking up meals. You never know which of our community members are most at risk of becoming ill. Thank you for trying to keep us all healthy.
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[05/04/20] There ARE meals today. See you at the bus stop! For those who pick up at school, the door is now E1.
Pick up at school will be Door E1 Monday!
What a treat to have these caped visitors picking up meals today! Alex and John wore their capes to celebrate School Lunch Hero Day. They also brought some chocolate for the lunch workers. Yum!
Friday May 1st is School Lunch Hero Day. While not an official US holiday (yet), it's a great opportunity to celebrate the women and men who are integral in getting delicious nutritious food to our nation's children every day whether in the cafeteria or from a distance. One of the suggestions on the School Lunch Hero website (www.schoollunchheroday.com) was to print and sign cards. Since we are not able to serve meals in person this year, feel free to add a message to your child's favorite kitchen staff. The cooks and servers would love to hear from your kids!
We got a special May Day surprise on our door. Who could have left it? Was it the childcare kids? We love it!
Meal Sign Up for May 4-8. The door for pickup at the high school will be changing to Door E1 on Monday. Watch for the yellow cones.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScB2Kg71FXf492Ft3OO_qfR2pjn4OaN6anU3PJ2lTRWd570Sg/viewform?usp=sf_link
docs.google.com Please complete form to get breakfasts and lunches for your children age 18 and under. This survey is for meals to be picked up May 4-8. A separate survey will be sent out for next week. Please bring a box or bags to carry lunches if you can. Thank you. **Meals will be Mondays (2 meals), Wednesdays....
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Good morning Huskers! A surprise for the cooks. We miss you🥰.
It's that time again! Fill out this form to sign up for sack meals from school for April 27-May 1.
docs.google.com Please complete form to get breakfasts and lunches for your children age 18 and under. This survey is for meals to be picked up April 27-May1. A separate survey will be sent out for next week. Please bring a box or bags to carry lunches if you can. Thank you. **Meals will be Mondays (2 meals), Wedne...
Thank you to Molly and her mom for helping load the buses and return empty carts to the kitchen. Husker proud!
The children of essential healthcare workers attending childcare at school enjoy a similar lunch to what is sent out in the sack lunches. Today's meals was very colorful with a ham sandwich, carrot coins, apple slices, milk and a delicious homemade cookie.
These four Huskers ride their bikes to school together every day to pick up their lunches, and they always have a big smile!