Done Right Food provides meals for DaVinci Academy’s hot lunch program.
How does the food service program work?
On March 17, 2023, Governor Walz signed the MN Free School Meals bill into law. The MN Free School Meals Program is a permanent program that provides state reimbursement to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program so that students can have one breakfast and one lunch at no cost at school. The Free School Meals Program began on July 1, 2023.
What is NOT included in the MN Free School Meals Program?
Single item purchases and non-reimbursable meals are not free. Some examples include:
- carton of milk
- snack items
- second entrée
- A second breakfast or a second lunch
- Meals that do not meet the minimum requirements
- Meals served to teachers, staff, and other adults
Click each section for more details.
|Each Meal Includes a Milk
|Approved for Free Meals
|Approved for Reduced-Price Meals
|Hot Lunch Meal
|Alternative Lunch Meal (sandwich or Uncrustable®
|Vegetarian Meal (pre-ordered)
|Breakfast Meal (grade 1-8)
|Breakfast Meal (Kindergarten)
*A La Carte items are not part of the free/reduced lunch program; these fees are charged to all student who select these items.
DaVinci Academy’s nutritional program is catered by an off site catering company.
Our child nutrition program is dedicated to providing high quality, nutritious meals to our students so they can learn and develop for their future. Our department’s services include breakfast and lunch.
All student meals must meet the federal guidelines for types and amounts of food offered. In addition, they must be appealing to students so they are consumed. We work closely with MDE,USDA and our Catering company to make sure we are following all guidelines correctly.
Meal Payment Information:
At mealtime, students will enter their 4 digit PIN to access their account. After doing so, their account is electronically debited.
Payments Using Infinite Campus Online Service
Parents and guardians of DaVinci Academy students can now access even more information online about their student’s child nutrition account. To manage your account, Food Service My Cart Infinite Campus Instructions
- View meal account balances.
- Sign up for automatic recurring payments.
- Receive email notifications of low balances.
- Make payments with a credit, debit card or direct bank account withdrawal.
- View a student’s purchase history for the preceding 90 days.
Families that need help with their username and/or password can contact our Infinite Campus Coordinator Annelise Draheim, email@example.com.
Other Payment Options
Payments may be made by sending a check directly to your child’s school after the start of the school year. When sending a check to the school, please attach a note or write in the memo your child’s name and what the check should be applied to. If you must send cash with your child to school for a payment, please send it in an envelope with your child’s name on the outside and where to apply the cash. This will ensure that the money you send will be deposited into the correct account.
Account Balance Calls
When the cafeteria account goes below a $0.00 balance, a weekly email and call is made to to notify you.
Blocking Student Purchases
Parents and guardians may set limits or block extra purchases on their student’s meal account by contacting the Food Service/Recess Coordinator Nikki Kosgei at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refunds or Balance Transfers
Parents and guardians may request a refund or request a balance transfer to other student’s accounts by filling out the link. Child Nutrition Refund Request
For additional help, please contact the Food Service/Recess Coordinator Nikki Kosgei at email@example.com.
Dietary accommodations are governed by both federal and state regulations. Those regulations and DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science procedures are summarized below.
Regulations require that lactose reduced milk be made available to any student with a written request from a parent or guardian. Medical Statement for Children with Lactose Intolerance Needs
All other requests for accommodations require a written statement from a licensed physician using the form below. The statement must include both the items the student cannot eat and the items that may be substituted for it. Although an annual update is not required, DaVinci Academy may request an updated document as needed. Return original, completed Special Diet Statement with a Disability (requires a doctor’s signature) to the school nurse or Food Service Coordinator.
- Special Diet Statement without a Disability (requires a doctor’s signature)
Child Nutrition staff members are not trained medical providers and will never determine if a child can or cannot eat a particular item. That decision belongs only to parents, guardians or licensed medical providers. Parents or guardians are welcome to visit our kitchens and review the ingredient statements on labels at any time by making an appointment with the supervisor. However, ingredients may change at any time without notice by the manufacturer.
At DaVInci Academy we strive to make sure all students have their dietary needs met. Through our catering company we are able to order vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free meals.
All special ordered meals will need to be requested by families a week in advance. To receive monthly and weekly emails for our ordering process please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For families who would like to apply for Educational Benefits, the form is now available online through Infinite Campus. Log in to your Parent Portal > More (bottom of the menu on the left side) > Meal Benefits. Families will need to complete an application for each school year. Applications do not carry over from year to year. Paper copies are also available in the school office.
If you would like more information about the food service program at DaVinci Academy, please feel free to email Nicole Kosgei or call the school office at (763) 754-6577 if you have any questions about this program.
Civil Rights Statement. 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and 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:
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: email@example.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
In May of 2018, Cassy Anderson’s food service team was recognized by the Anoka County Recycling Program for their outstanding efforts to increase recycling and organics collection in our community. DaVinci Academy partners with Barthold Farms to divert hundreds of pounds of organic waste away from the trash receptacles and into the local hogs as feed. Our students work diligently to separate their recycling and organics products at every meal so that the hogs get what they need.
Check out the video to see how it works.