Food Service

A message from your Food Service Staff:  On Friday, March 17, 2023, Governor Walz signed the Free School Meals bill into law. Beginning with the 2023-24 school year, Esko Public Schools will provide free school meals for all students in both the National School Lunch Program & the School Breakfast Program.
This state funded program provides reimbursement for meals served to students who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals so all students receive meals at no cost.
Parents/Guardians should still fill out the Application for Educational Benefits, formally known as the free and reduced lunch form.  A new application must be submitted each year.  Your family may also qualify for other benefits, such as paying a lower fee or no fee for school activities.
Junior & senior high school students may purchase a second lunch, second entree or ala carte items, providing they have a positive lunch account balance.  
Milk will be available for purchase for students bringing a lunch from home.
Public Notice for USDA Child Nutrition Programs

Dear Parents/Guardians of High School & Elementary students:

Lunch payments may be dropped off in the High School or Elementary Office or brought directly to the cafeteria.  Elementary students have the option of bringing payments to their classrooms for collection by Food Service staff.

Checks can not be “cashed” for amounts over the original purchase. If a check is submitted to Food Service, it will be credited into the student’s account only.

To ensure proper crediting of your child’s account, please put each student’s name, account (PIN) number and the amount you want credited to each child’s account in the memo area on the check. A separate check is not needed for each family member. If paying with cash, please include the same information as above on an envelope.

If you wish to use the on-line electronic payment system, simply log in to Parent Portal and choose the Payment option button on the left hand menu column.   A 3% convenience fee will be charged for credit card transactions.

All students have access to both breakfast and lunch. An alternate lunch line is available for Grades 7 - 12 at the same price as the regular lunch.  "Smart Snack" options are available to Grades 9 - 12.