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Food Service

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

The funding for free meals provided for students during COVID-19 is no longer available. Families in need are encouraged to apply for free and reduced-price meals through the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) School Nutrition Program (SNP), for which WEM is a sponsor. Approval is based on income guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Typically, WEM sends applications in the mail to all enrolled families at the beginning of each school year, although applications are accepted at any time.

Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, you can submit your application on the JMC website. Log-in to your family account and click “Register for 2022-2023” from the main menu. Select "Application for Educational Benefits." It should be the last option listed on the 2022-2023 Registration Dashboard. Follow the guided process by entering the information that applies to your household. If something doesn’t apply to you, simply click “next.”

You are welcome to submit a paper application if you do not have access to JMC. 
For an application, call your child's school office or use the link below.

From the Department of Education:

Unpaid Meal Balances

Please be familiar with WEM's unpaid meal balance policy.

Meal Prices
(Subject to change, updated September 2022)

Breakfast  (served 8:00-8:20 a.m.
Grades K-12 $1.55
Adult $2.25
Students approved for reduced-priced lunch receive free breakfast.
Grades K-3 $2.75
Grades 4-6 $3.00
Grades 7-12 $3.30
Adult $4.95
This does not include the cost of extra juice, milk, or other added items.

A La Carte Menu and Prices
(Subject to change, updated September 2022) (For grades 9-12 and adults only)

Chips $0.90
Cookie $1.25
Entrée of the Day $2.00
Extra Dressing $0.40
French Fries $1.25
Fruit $0.85
Fruit Snack $1.00
Gatorade $1.75
Hamburger $2.00
Ice Cream Sandwich $1.75
Naked Juice $2.50
Parfait $1.55
Pastry $1.25
Peanut Butter & Jelly $1.15
Pizza $2.00
Propel/Bubbl'r/Vita Ice $1.75
Snack Stick $1.15
So-Be $2.50
String Cheese $0.85
Veggies/Dip $1.15
Water (plain 20 oz) $1.00
Yogurt $1.10


The a la carte items are available only to students in grades 9-12. Everyone must have money in their accounts to purchase from this line. This includes both paid and free & reduced plans. This line is also set up to make a reimbursable meal. You have to take three of the five food groups.

Lunch money is handled by a computerized system. Each student should give his/her assigned number to the computer operator when they go through the lunch line. The lunch will be charged against the balance in each child's family food service account.

Preferred payment is online via the JMC website or the JMC app with a checking account, debit, or credit card. You can also send a check with your student, who should bring it to the cafeteria in the morning or to the school office. Put it in an envelope with the student's grade, name, and account number written on the front.

It is recommended that parents keep a positive lunch balance by depositing at least one week's worth of lunch money in their child's account. Parents can pay in advance for one month or greater.

When a student's food service account has a balance of $4 or less, a computer-generated e-mail will be automatically sent to the parent(s). When the account has a deficit balance, the student will be allowed to charge only one lunch or breakfast. Additional charges to a negative account will result in the students receiving a peanut butter or cheese sandwich for 80 cents. The student will be expected to bring lunch money the following day.

All students purchasing a second meal or an extra milk will have their account charged the regular price for that item, no matter if the student is on the full or free & reduced meal program. If your child is eligible for free lunch, you may deposit money into their account to cover a second meal or any milk purchases. Students bringing a cold lunch and wishing to purchase milk must have money in their account.

Snack/milk break money for elementary students (K-4) goes into the same family food service account. However, it requires the completion of a separate registration form.

WEM Schools has a closed noon hour for grades K-12. School Board Policy states that all students are expected to stay on the school property during the noon hour.

If you have questions, please contact the Food Services Director. (This position is open as of August 2022). You may also contact Becky Fessel.


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