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Nutritional Services

The Minnesota Department of Education’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers school and community nutrition programs for Minnesota children and adults through local schools, child and adult care facilities, and summer food program sites. Participants receive nutritious meals and education to help them learn and practice healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness.

Meals are catered through Lancer Food Service. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Cologne Academy participates in School Nutrition Programs and accepts applications for free and reduced-price school meal benefits at any time. Approval is based on a comparison of the household’s income to the current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) household income guidelines. Schools send an Application for Educational Benefits form to the households of all enrolled students at the beginning of each school year. A letter accompanies the form and explains school meal benefits and how to apply.

Dietary Accommodations
Dietary accommodations are governed by both federal and state regulations.

Regulations require that lactose-reduced milk be made available to any student with a written request from a parent or guardian. CA Lactose-Reduced Milk request form.

All other requests for accommodations (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, etc.) 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. 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

Cologne Academy has increased physical activity breaks incorporated throughout the school day using active classroom techniques throughout the school and increased recess time for K-4 grade. All students are actively participating in a high quality physical education program and after school program offerings and participation have grown. We support healthy eating by students by providing meals that comply with current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks, refraining from including beverages and foods without nutritional value. Cologne Academy discourages the use of foods or beverages as rewards. Cologne Academy sees the importance of overall wellness in students and work towards teaching strategies to encourage lifelong health and wellness.

Standard/Full 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:, 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:

  1. mail: 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.