Wayzata Public Schools

Culinary Express

We know that when kids eat well, they learn better and play harder. That’s why we’re all about fresh, nutritious and tasty choices.

When you’re feeding more than 7,000 students each day, that takes some doing! We prepare foods in our own school kitchens and buy local produce, whole grain breads and milk. We’ve made some exciting improvements this year - come in and try us out!

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Contact

Mary Anderson, Supervisor
763-745-5153
Mary.Anderson@wayzataschools.org

Anne Marie Milbert, Assistant Supervisor
763-745-5155
Anne-Marie.Milbert@wayzataschools.org

Melissa Hodena, Technician
763-745-5172
Melissa.Hodena@wayzataschools.org

Daneen Usgaard, Secretary
763-745-5154
Daneen.Usgaard@wayzataschools.org

Free and Reduced-Priced Meals Eligibility

To complete the Free and Reduced-Priced Meals Application, click the button below, print the application and mail the completed application to:

Wayzata Public Schools
Attn: Culinary Express
17305 19th Ave North
Plymouth, MN 55447

You may also pick up an application at your student's school. An application must be received by August 15 to guarantee benefits for the upcoming school year.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals PDF Application

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Lunch and Breakfast Prices

Elementary

Lunch - $3.00 per meal
Choice of three entrees (two hot, one cold)
Non-meat meal option available
Milk included with either meal

Breakfast - $1.85 per meal (free for kindergarteners)
Choice of main entree or cold cereal

Adult Lunch - $4.15
Adult Breakfast - $2.60

Middle School

Lunch - $3.35 per meal
Choice of multiple entrees
Non-meat meal option available
Milk included with the meal
À la carte choices available

Breakfast - $1.85 per meal
Choice of main entree or cold cereal
À la carte choices available

Adult Lunch - $4.15
Adult Breakfast - $2.60

High School

Lunch - $4.00 per meal
Different lunch option on each line
Non-meat meal option available
À la carte choices available

Breakfast - $2.35 per meal
Choice of main entree, cold cereal, cereal bar, or bagel
À la carte choices available

Adult Lunch - $4.35
Adult Breakfast - $2.70

K-5 Information

Account Balances

  • Make sure the students have enough money in their accounts for the first two weeks of school.
  • Encourage your child to know his/her PIN prior to going through the lunch line for the first time. Download and print a PIN practice sheet.

Menu Information

  • Elementary Students have two hot main entrée choices every day, plus a selection of fresh fruit, veggies and low-fat or skim milk. In addition, we offer a cold complete "Bento Box" option for students who do not want to wait in line. A non-meat entrée is also available daily.
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    Menus are posted in the cafeterias as well as the district and school websites. They are also accessible by downloading the Nutrislice app for your smartphone or tablet device via Google Play or the Apple App Store
  • Menus are analyzed for calories, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. See USDA Food and Nutrition Service website for more information about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and the lunch and breakfast nutritional regulations set by the USDA.

What Makes a Complete Meal?

  • Culinary Express offers five food groups at lunch — bread/grain, meat/protein, fruit, vegetable and milk. A complete meal consists of at least three of these food groups offered. Students have the option to decline up to two food groups offered.
  • One of the food groups chosen must be either a fruit or vegetable.
  • Students do not have to take a milk to have a complete meal.
  • Culinary Express staff encourage students to take at least three food groups to make a complete, well-balanced meal. If students refuse to take at least three food groups, each food item will be charged a la carte.

A la carte Information

  • Elementary students are able to purchase 10oz bottles of water if they would like. Some elementary schools offer sandwiches or second helpings at lunch to 5th grade students after all other students have eaten. These extra options are offered in addition to the complete school lunch or breakfast and are charged separately from the lunch or breakfast price.
  • Students must have money in their accounts to purchase water or other items.

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6-8 Information

Account Balances

  • Make sure the students have enough money in their accounts for the first two weeks of school.
  • Balances leftover from an elementary school will transfer over the summer to a middle school.
  • Culinary Express staff try to let students know when their balance is getting low – $10.00 or less. The lines move very quickly and it is not always possible to give the information to the student.
  • We suggest that your student ask the cashier on a regular basis what his/her current balance is.

Menu Information

  • Middle schoolers have three to four main entrees to choose from daily, plus a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, assorted side dishes and milk. A non-meat meal option is also available daily.
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    Menus are posted on digital menu boards in the cafeterias as well as the district and school websites. They are also accessible by downloading the Nutrislice app for your smartphone or tablet device via Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  • Menus are analyzed for calories, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. See USDA Food and Nutrition Services website for more information about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and the lunch and breakfast nutritional regulations set by USDA.

What Makes a Complete Meal?

  • Culinary Express offers all five food groups at lunch - bread/grain, meat/protein, fruit, vegetable and fluid milk. A complete meal consists of at least three of those food groups offered. Students have the option to decline up to two food groups offered.
  • One of the food groups chosen must be either a fruit or vegetable.
  • Students do not have to take a milk to have a complete meal.
  • Culinary Express staff encourage students to take at least three food groups to make a complete, well-balanced meal. If students refuse to take at least three food groups, each food item will be charged a la carte.

A la carte Information

  • A selection of a la carte snacks and meal options are available daily for all middle schoolers. These foods are offered in addition to the complete school lunch or breakfast and are charged separately from the lunch or breakfast price.
  • Students must have money in their accounts to purchase a la carte items.
  • A la carte items are analyzed for calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugar and portion size. See Smart Snacks in School for more information about the Smart Snacks Rule and a la carte foods nutritional regulations set by USDA.
  • Some students can go overboard when purchasing a la carte snacks. We suggest you talk with your student about what is a reasonable amount of money to spend on a la carte snacks.

9-12 Information

Menu Information

  • Our serving lines in our high school cafeteria each offer a different lunch option. For $4.00, we offer a premium entrée, a variety of sides, including a fruit and vegetable, and milk to create a nutritious and well-balanced meal. At least one non-meat meal option is also available daily. These meals are also available for students who qualify for free and reduced price meal benefits.
  • App Store
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    Menus are posted on digital menu boards in the cafeterias as well as the District and school websites. They are also accessible by downloading the Nutrislice app for your smartphone or tablet device via Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  • Each line will have a different lunch option as listed on the daily menu available for one price. Extra servings and anything outside of what is on the daily menu will be charged separately.

What is different about lunches at the high school level?

The district has opted out of the National School Meal Program at the high school level in order to have the flexibility to offer the following:

  • Appropriate portion sizes will be offered
  • Bread products will be offered more frequently
  • No requirements for students to take all food items
  • No requirements to take food they do not intend to eat, resulting in reduced food waste
  • Ability to offer food quantities that align caloric intake with the unique nutritional needs required by our students
  • Increased flexibility to offer desired nutritional food items that students want and will eat, while parents are satisfied that their students are eating well and at a fair price

Account Balances

  • Make sure the students have enough money in their accounts for the first two weeks of school.
  • Balances leftover from a Wayzata middle school will transfer over the summer to the High School.
  • The Culinary Express staff tries to let students know when their balance is getting low – $10.00 or less. The lines move very quickly and it is not always possible to give the information to the student.
  • We suggest that your student ask the cashier on a regular basis what his/her current balance is.

Local Connections

We get apples from Pepin Heights Orchards in Lake City, MN.

Special Diets

Lactose Intolerance

Culinary Express is required by MN Statute 124D.111 to provide lactose-reduced milk to students who are lactose intolerant and have a written request on file with the Culinary Express main office. A doctor's signature is not required. If you would like your child to receive lactose-reduced milk, please submit a parent/guardian-signed request to:

Culinary Express food service worker at your child's school.

Fax the request to 763-745-5161

Mail the request to:
Wayzata Public Schools
Attn: Culinary Express
17305 19th Ave. N.
Plymouth, MN 55447

This note needs to be submitted every year.

Celiac Disease and Other Special Diets

Culinary Express provides gluten-free and other meal options for students when medically necessary. A special diet statement indicating your child's diagnosis must be on file with the Culinary Express main office before your child can be accommodated. This form must contain the clinic affiliation and signature from a licensed physician (MD), physician's assistant (PA) or certified nurse practitioner (CNP). Please contact Anne-Marie Milbert at 763-745-5155 or Anne-Marie.Milbert@wayzataschools.org to learn more and obtain the required form.

Kitchen Crashers

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USDA Policy

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: 202-690-7442; or
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.