Food Program

Lafayette Public Charter School provides nutritional, well-balanced lunches to our students and staff. 

Morning and full day Preschool students are also invited to participate in our Food Program.  We strive to make meals that are not only healthy but tasty and visually appetizing. 

Our menu is published monthly in area newspapers and weekly in the Lafayette Public Charter School Messenger. 

Our school provides healthy meals each day. The United States Department of Agriculture is allowing schools to provide meals for the 2021-22 school year through a provision of the National School Lunch Program called the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). A waiver has been issued in order to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVD-19.

Our school has chosen to use this waiver and operate the SSO which enables us to provide meals free of charge for all students. No application is required to receive this free meal benefit.  The 2021-2022 meal price for an adult meal is $4.00.

Lafayette Public Charter School participates in the National School Lunch Program. The State of Minnesota and the Federal government provide financial subsidies to our meal program on behalf of our students.  For Free or Reduced Meal benefits see the handbook.  Our Food Program is regulated by the State and Federal governments as well as by the Brown-Nicollet Community Health Services, which does 2 inspections of our facilities every year.  The regulatory agencies overseeing the National School Lunch Program provide monitoring audits regularly.

Starting in 2013, LCS is participating in the Farm to School program to help connect schools (K-12) and local farms with the objective of serving healthy meals.  Here is a story on the Farm to School program by KEYC.

In 2017, LCS added a Food Back Pack Program for qualifying families in which they receive meals over weekends and breaks.

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 complain 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, DC 20250-9410
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Our Offer vs Served Lunch Program is explained in the Parent – Student Handbook.