Food & Nutrition Services

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Welcome to Hastings Food & Nutrition Services

Welcome to Hastings Food & Nutrition Services!  Our department operates two national programs – the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  These programs play key roles in supporting the nutrition and health of school children in the United States by providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals each school day.



The Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (S-EBT) program will provide families with eligible school-aged children $40 per month per child ($120 maximum) during the summer months to purchase healthy foods with funds on EBT cards.

Families who already applied and were approved for Educational Benefits:

Ensure that your household contact information is up-to-date with the district, including parent or guardian name, address and phone number in Campus Parent Portal.

Families who have NOT yet completed an application for Educational Benefits:

Complete an application for Educational Benefits online at Food & Nutrition Services. You will receive a letter letting you know if your child qualifies. 

You will need to complete an application again in August to qualify for 2025 benefits. 

Ensure that your household contact information is up-to-date with the district, including parent or guardian name, address and phone number in Campus Parent Portal.

S-EBT Benefits will be distributed by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Human Services during the summer months. Visit the MDE website for more information on S-EBT program.

Connecting Children to Summer Food Service Program Sites

Use these resources to find an SFSP site near you:

- Download the Free Meals for Kids app provided by Hunger Impact Partners to your phone or device.

- Call the 211 Hotline. From a cell phone - Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 1-800-543-7709, teletypewriter (TTY): 651-291-8440.

-Call Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151, available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

- Use the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) texting service. Text Summer Meals to 914-342-7744. Spanish speakers, text Verano to 914-342-7744.

What's New this Year?

Students will be required to use their PIN numbers this school year. 

TIP: Make your child's phone or IPad login their lunch pin. This is a quick way to get them to learn prior to the start of the school year. 

Beginning in September 2023, the Nutrition Services Department will offer all meals for free (1 breakfast and 1 lunch daily):

  • We still need your help filling out the application for educational benefits even with free meals.  There are many benefits that families can apply for with discounted rates.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be free to all students; however, ala cart will not be free. That means that families will need to add money to your students account to allow them to purchase extras (This includes a milk bought without a reimbursable meal). Students will not be allowed extras if there isn’t money in the account.
  • All students will need to know their Student Number for the cashier to ring them out.  This means ALL students must know their 6-digit Student Number before the first day of school in August.  Their Student Number can be found on the Hastings school website under Parent Infinite Campus parent portal on the Hastings website. Go to left side click on menu, go to today, then on right side you can toggle through your children if needed.  If your student does not know their number, or needs to practice, please work with them over the summer so they are ready for the first day of school.
 You can fill out an Online Application or you can pick up a paper application at your students school.

What's the best way to pay for meals?
Download the MyPaymentsPlus FREE app to manage your student's account on the go! From there you can:
  • Add money to your student's account
  • Set up automatic payments
  • View meal purchases
  • View payment history
  • Set up low-balance reminders
Remember - 
  • All students qualify for free meals. They will receive 1 FREE breakfast and 1 FREE lunch! Applications must be filled out EVERY YEAR.
  • Click Here for the Online Application
  • Grant funds are available to help with school lunch accounts that are past due. To learn more, contact Hastings Family Service at 651-437-7134.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our offices at 651-480-7126 .  We look forward to serving your students throughout the school year!

Civil Rights Complaint Procedure

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Fair Hearing Procedure

Nutrition Services Contact Information
Brittney Hirschauer
Director of Food & Nutrition Services
1000 West 11th Street
Hastings, MN 55033
[email protected]

Krystel Ebel
1000 West 11th Street
Hastings, MN 55033

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
(2) Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.