Back to School Essentials: Free and Reduced Process

This training will be simultaneously broadcast to Fergus Falls, North Mankato, Sartell and Thief River Falls. Register for only one session.

Date: August 14, 2019

Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN, Conference Center B, Room 16. Find directions to MDE. MDE has complimentary visitor parking.

Description: The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) – Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is excited to offer the annual two-day School Nutrition Back to School Essentials 2019 training August 13-14, 2019. This training will be held in six locations in Minnesota and will focus on essential content for school nutrition program operations. Meal Service Basics will be covered on August 13 and Free and Reduced Process will be the topic for August 14. Training will be provided using a Blended Method where content is broadcast from MDE to each location where MDE staff will facilitate discussion and activities. Space is limited by location and registration is available on a first come first serve basis.

Free and Reduced Process: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

This full day session will cover essential content related to approving students for meal benefits, counting meals at the point of service, completing the claim for reimbursement and confidentiality of student’s meal benefit information. The content will be broken down into:

  • Approving Applications for Educational Benefits
  • Direct Certification for Meal Benefits
  • Counting and Claiming School Meals
  • Confidentiality and Disclosure of Meal Benefits Information

Presenters: Donna Becker, School Nutrition Team Lead

Event Type: Training

Audience: School Nutrition Managers and Directors, Administrative/Office Staff that completed the free and reduced-price process, MARSS coordinators.

Sponsor: Nutrition, Health and Youth Development

Fee: None

Food: Refreshments are provided. Lunch is on your own.

Register: Register for the August 14, 2019 training.

Registration deadline: August 7, 2019

Contact Information:

Please contact or 651-582-8526 two weeks before the event to request a reasonable accommodation or the use of our nursing or prayer rooms. The MDE campus in Roseville, Minnesota, is tobacco free. This policy includes the building, parking lots and grounds.