Free and Reduced Lunch Application

  • 2019-2020 Free and Reduced Lunch Application

    Our Purpose:
    The Child Nutritional Program is dedicated to providing high quality, nutritious meals to the students in the Cloquet School District so they can learn and develop for their future. 
    How Meals are Planned:
    All student meals must meet the federal guidelines for types and amounts of food offered.  Meals are planned with the goal of providing students with one-third of their Recommended Daily Allowances for key nutrients and calories. 
    In an effort to lessen student food waste, we work under a government supported option termed "offer versus serve."  This means that students are offered all food items comprising a full lunch.  This includes a main entree, two fruits and/or vegetable servings, a bread/bread alternative, and milk.  They have the choice of a minimum of three food items although each student needs to take 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable.  This is called a "reimbursable meal." 
    In the past few years we have made changes to the menu including whole grain pizza products and bread, baked not fried entree items, fat free or reduced calorie salad dressing, 100% juice products, skim or 1% milk, and emphasis on fresh fruit, salads and vegetables. 
    Meal Accounts:
    Cloquet School District uses an Individual Meal Accounting System where each student has their own individual account.  Meal accounts are debit accounts, therefore there must be money in their account in order for the student to use it.  The District allows the balance to go no lower than a minus of two lunch meals ($-5.20 in the elementary schools).  The cushion balance between zero and the minus number is intended to allow students to continue to use the account while money is being deposited.  The money in the student account will follow the student to any school within the Cloquet School District. 
    Payment Made Easy:
    1.  A check or cash may be sent with the student.  Please place in an envelope labelled Food Service with the student's name and amount of check.  Amounts can be shared if students are in the same building.  If amount is to be shared, put both students' names and state how much is to be put in each account. 
    2.  Money may also be dropped off at any Cloquet school office. 
    3. PayPams Online, district parents can prepay for their students' meals online using their charge cards, electronic checks or debit cards. Parents may choose to make manual payments at their convenience or set up automatic payments based on their child's account falling below an amount the parent determines, suggested $10.00. To begin the registration process, visit
    The PayPams free Mobile App is also available for iPhone and Andriod.
    Free/Reduced Meals:
    Recently unemployed?  New baby in the house?  Struggling to make ends meet? 
    It is not too late to apply for free / reduced meals.  These applications are accepted at any time during the year.  Families may qualify for free / reduced meals if the total household income is within eligibility guidelines, or if a child receives MFIP or food stamps.  See link at top of this page.  

    For questions regarding the Food Service Program contact:
    Beth Dohnansky
    Food Service Director
    1000 - 18th Street
    Cloquet, MN  55720
    [email protected]

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