The Robbinsdale Area Schools Nutrition Services Department is dedicated to providing meals and snacks that are high quality, healthy and well-balanced, providing students the nutrition they need to be successful at school. Our department's services include breakfast, lunch and after school snack programs.
Starting in school year 2023-24, we are joining Minnesota’s Free School Meals Program. All students can get one breakfast and one lunch free of charge each day at school. Although no application is required to receive this free meal benefit, filling out the Application for Educational Benefits is still important. Your student may qualify for other benefits like reduced fees at school. Your application may also help the school qualify for education funds, discounts, and other meal programs.
- Paper and PDF Applications
- Student Pin Numbers
- Free Meals FAQs
- Applying for Educational Benefits
- LINQ Connect FAQs
- School meal pricing
Students will need to enter their PIN each time they have a school breakfast or school lunch. Every student’s PIN is the same as their school identification number. Student identification numbers can be found in the parent portal. Sign in to the parent portal here and click today on the left side of the screen. Your student's name and student ID will appear. If you have more than one student, select them from the upper right corner of your screen. If you need assistance with logging in to your parent portal email: email@example.com
You can also find your student’s PIN number by setting up an account through the LINQ Connect.
Are meals free for students this school year?
Students may access one reimbursable, complete breakfast and one lunch per day for free.
If students want extra food outside of their meal is there a charge?
Yes, students will be charged for additional food or beverages. These items are not covered by our federal funding.
Can I get reimbursed for funds in my student’s account now that meals are free?
Yes, however only one reimbursable, complete breakfast and one lunch are free each day per student. If your student purchases extra milk, entrees, meals, or purchases milk for a lunch brought from home, they will need money in their account. In addition, students must have money in their accounts to access any a la carte offerings.
Do I still need to complete an application for educational benefits?
We ask that families still complete an application. In addition to free melas, families can qualify for reduced activity fees, instrument rental, reduced cost for a Device Protection Plan, and more. Important state and federal funding tied to our schools also come from families completing the application.
Can I get a printed copy?
Yes, please contact Judie Bomchill at Judie_Bomchill@rdale.org or 763-504-8043.
Who can I contact with questions about the application?
Please reach out to Judie Bomchill at Judie_Bomchill@rdale.org or 763-504-8043.
What happens to the previous meal balance I owe now that meals are free?
Families are still responsible for any unpaid meal debt.
Will my student still need their PIN number?
Yes, PIN numbers will still be used to track meals and link to student meal accounts.
Will meals be free for students who attend a virtual school?
No, due to state guidelines students who attend a virtual school are not eligible for free breakfast and lunch.
The Application for Educational Benefits (formerly known as Free and Reduced) can be completed at Family Portal.
Visit LINQ Connect.
Click on Start Meal Application.
Follow the instructions to complete your online application.
An eligibility notice letter will be sent out via USPS mail or email within 10 business days.
If you would like a paper copy of the application for educational benefits, available in English, Spanish, and Somali, or if you have questions, please contact Judie Bomchill at 763-504-8043 or Judie_Bomchill@rdale.org.
Additional Educational Benefit Application Information
We ask that families fill out a new application every year.
The Application for Educational Benefits used to be called the “free and reduced lunch” form.
Educational Benefit thresholds are higher than in some programs, so many families are surprised to find they do qualify.
How do I get started?
- Register: Create an account at https://linqconnect.com and selecting Register.
- Verify your Account: Verify your account by clicking on the email verification link sent to your email address.
- Sign In: Now you can sign in at https://linqconnect.com using your email and password.
I just registered and when I try to log in it says, “Invalid email or password”?
Your account will not be active until you have verified your email address and password. Check your email for the verification link.
What if I forget my Username or Password?
On the login page, click Forgot your password? Enter your email address and click Reset Password. A temporary password will be emailed to you. Upon logging in with the temporary password, you will be prompted to set your new password.
When I log in, I do not see my student’s account?
You will need to add your student to your LINQ Connect account. Click on + then Type and complete the information to link your student. You will need to complete this process for each student you wish to add.
What if I have several student's in different districts?
You can add as many children student’s as you need, as long as they attend a school district utilizing LINQ Connect for their meal payment account.
How do I add money/make a payment to my students account?
Once you have added your student to your LINQ Connect account, you can add money by clicking the Add Money to Account button on the dashboard or by clicking the Meal Accounts button on the student card. You can choose to either Add to Balance or set up a New Recurring Payment with Auto Pay.
If you select Add to Balance, the funds will be immediately available on your student’s account upon completion of the transaction.
If you select New Recurring Payment with Auto Pay, you will be setting up a future automatic payment for the specified amount, frequency, day, and starting date that you choose.
Can I set up automatic meal payments?
Yes. Click on Auto Pay. Enter the Payment Amount for each student, Frequency, Day, Starting Date, Billing Address, Payment Method, and click Save.
How can I cancel or change my automatic meal payments?
Go to the Meal Accounts page and click on the trash can icon on the Auto Pay card.
Can I transfer my funds from one student’s account to another?
If your school district has added the transfer funds feature, you can transfer funds between accounts. To determine if you have access, navigate to the Transfer Balances card on the Meal Accounts page. If you see your student’s name, you’re able to transfer funds within the district. Funds can only be transferred for students within the same school district.
Can I set spending limits on my student’s account?
You can set specific spending limits on your student’s account only if your school district has added the spending limits feature. To determine if you have access, navigate to the Spending Limits card on the Meal Accounts page and locate your child’s name. Click on the pencil icon to the right to set a spending limit.
Where do I find fees assigned to my student’s account?
Fees assigned to your student will display on their student card on the Dashboard. Optional fees, such as sports tickets, can be added to your cart from the Online Store.
Why can’t I see assigned fees in LINQ Connect?
You will only see assigned fees if your district is using the Fee Management module. Only unpaid assigned fees display on your child’s student card and dashboard.
How do I see my Transaction History?
Transaction History includes all in school meal purchases as well as any online payments, fee payments or store purchases. You can see this detailed history and obtain an email copy of transactions by clicking Transaction > History.
If I have more than one child in the district, can I deposit money one time and have the amount divided evenly among each of my student’s accounts?
Yes, if your district has “Shared Accounts” for its students and you’ve requested this for your student. To determine if your student has been set up for shared accounts, select any payment option. If siblings are sharing an account, you’ll see all your student’s names listed next to the deposit amount. You can then enter the deposit amount—funds added will be shared between accounts until the funds have been depleted.
I made an online meal payment. How long will it take before the funds will be available in my child’s account?
If you selected Add Money to Account, the funds will be available immediately in your student’s account upon completing the payment transaction.
If you selected Add Auto Pay, the funds will be available the following day from the day is scheduled to run. For example, if the payment is to be made every Monday, the funds will be available Tuesday morning.
Is there a fee or service charge for making online payments?
Yes, you can find the processing fee during checkout.
What credit cards/methods of payment can I use?
Go to the Payment Methods card on your profile and select New Payment Method to identify which methods you can use.
When entering my Payment Method, it asks for a “Description”— what do I put?
This is a free form field, and you can name it anything. For example, you can name it “Household Credit Card” or “Chase Credit Card.”
I am trying to enter my credit card information and it keeps saying “Invalid Card”—what am I doing wrong?
The system will not allow you to continue if any required items are missing. Check to see
that you have entered the following:
- Check to see that the credit card information is correct.
- Make sure the type of card you are entering is accepted. For example, American Express or Discover may not be accepted.
I am trying to make a payment but the “Confirm and Pay” button is gray, and I can’t continue?
The system will not allow you to continue if any required items are missing. Check to see
that you have entered the following correctly:
- Billing address
- Credit card information
Can I receive a notification when my student’s account balance is low?
Yes. The system is defaulted to send an email reminder when the balance falls below $5.00. You can change the Payment Reminder by editing the dollar amount on the Payment Reminder card on the Meal Accounts page.
How can I see activity on my student’s account?
Click on History to view previous transaction history.
What happens to the money in my student’s account at the end of the school year?
Your account balance moves with your student from grade to grade and school to school (within the district).
How can I remove a student from my LINQ Connect account?
Open the student card and click on the three dots in the bottom right-hand corner, where you can select Remove.
Why is there a “pending” charge on my bank statement after my card was declined?
It is common practice in the banking industry to hold the transaction fee on online payments. The fee may temporarily appear on your bank statement, but the fee will automatically be removed in approximately 1-8 banking days. If you have any questions about this fee, please contact your credit card company directly.
How can I update my email address and password?
In the upper right-hand corner, click on the Profile icon, then select your account name. To change your email address, select the Update Email button. To update your password, click on Update Password.
Can I see my student’s school menu online?
Yes, if the school is using TITAN Menu Planning. From the login screen on linqconnect.com,
enter your district’s name into Check District Menu.
The Nutrition Services Department at Robbinsdale is currently unable to provide catering services including food, beverages, or supplies. If you would like to reserve the use of the Kitchen and a Kitchen staff member for an event, please refer to the following documents and form.
Please note, per guidelines from MN Department of Health, a district Kitchen can not be used without a staff member of the Robbinsdale Nutrition Department who is also a certified food protection manager.
Community members: please reach out to facilites to reserve the use of the kitchen. For information on how to rent the kitchen, please visit the facilities use and rental website here, or contact Osha Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have confirmed the reservation of the space, please fill out our Staff and Kitchen Use Form and please refer to our guide on Kitchen Use here.
All Interested parties may need an additional licensure through Hennepin County if they are inviting the public to their event. More information can be found here, https://www.hennepin.us/
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
- Meal Account Payment Information
- Nutrition Standards
- USDA Compliance Statement
- Special Dietary Requests
- Farm to School Offerings
The federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the 2022-23 school year is available at Lakeview, Meadow Lake, Neill, Noble, Northport, Sandburg, Forest, and FAIR School Crystal. FFVP provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day.
The goal of the FFVP is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, increasing children's fruit and vegetable consumption, and making a difference in children's diets to impact their present and future health.
The FFVP snack time is an ideal teaching opportunity for nutrition education with the children. Please continue to talk with your children about the healthy choices they receive at school.
The LINQ Connect portal is a secure, online system that allows parents to:
Make an online payment to their student's meal accounts
Remotely monitor their student's accounts
Set up automatic recurring payments
Set up low balance e-mail message alerts
And submit an online application for free and/or reduced meals
To add money to an account is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Register at https://linqconnect.com/.
Confirm your email address by clicking on the email verification link sent to your email address.
Now you can sign in at family.titank12.com using your email and password.
If you prefer, you can pay with cash or check by sending it to your student’s school cafeteria or to Educational Services Center at 4148 Winnetka Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55427. Checks can be made payable to Robbinsdale Area Schools Nutrition Services.
For more information, check out the LINQ Connect toolkit below or call Judie Bomchill at 763-504-8043 or email Judie_Bomchill@rdale.org.
School meals offer students milk, fruit and vegetables, proteins and grains, and must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. School lunches meet standards requiring:
- Age-appropriate calorie limits
- Larger servings of vegetables, including dark green, red/orange vegetables and legumes
- Fat-free or 1% milk
- More whole grains
- Less sodium
We know how important it is to encourage students to consume healthier options. We're always working to offer our students tastier and healthier choices. We have been working on some new and improved scratch recipes over the past year. We host student taste tests to get feedback directly from students and get them involved in the menu planning process. A daily entree salad will continue to be offered at the schools due to their success. Our school nutrition staff has found great ways to get students excited about healthy food choices and we'll continue to work on creative solutions to ensure healthy foods appeal to students.
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: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, 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:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
- fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
- email: email@example.com
Families who have students with special dietary needs should contact the school nurse and Nutrition Services Assistant Director, Brianna Smith at 763-504-8048. Accommodations will be made whenever possible. Additionally, Robbinsdale Nutrition Services makes reasonable substitutions to meals on a case-by-case basis for students who are considered to have a disability which restricts their diet.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), most physical and mental impairments will constitute a disability. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 made important changes to the term disability to include any person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including major bodily functions. Major bodily functions include but are not limited to: functions of the immune system, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Robbinsdale Nutrition Services is not required to accommodate special dietary requests that do not constitute a disability, including requests related to religious or moral convictions or personal preference.
To request a special diet for your student, the Special Diet Request form must be completed by a licensed physician, physician assistant or certified nurse practitioner. If asking for a food to be omitted and substituted, please make sure numbers 1, 2 and 3 are complete or we cannot accept the form.
Drop off or mail completed forms to the Education Service Center, Attn: Brie Smith, 4148 Winnetka Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55427. Forms can also be faxed to 763-504-8971, Attn: Brie Smith.
MN State Statute 124D.114 requires schools to provide one of these alternatives for a student with lactose intolerance if the parent has requested an alternative, in writing:
- Lactose reduced milk, lactose free milk or soy milk meeting specific guidelines
- Milk fortified with lactase in liquid, tablet, granular, or other form
- Milk to which lactobacillus acidophilus has been added
Juice or water cannot replace milk in the National School Lunch Program.
For more information, please see the Minnesota Department of Education's website. If you have any questions, please call our Nutrition Services Assistant Director, Brie Smith, at 763-504-8048.
A lactose-reduced milk; milk fortified with lactase in liquid, tablet, granules or other form; or milk to which lactabacillus acidophilus has been added must be provided for lactose-intolerant students upon written request of parent or guardian.
Robbinsdale Area Schools is participating in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Harvest of the Month in Minnesota and the Farm to School Full Tray Grant for the 2021-2022 school year. We love it when our students can try the best of Minnesota grown and produced foods and think it's important to support our local Minnesota growers and producers. Throughout the school year students will have the opportunity to try new, local foods on the line and through taste tests.
To learn more about our ongoing taste tests and local producers, please visit our “What’s Local on the Lunch Line” Toolkit.
Robbinsdale Nutrition Services has been working hard to come up with new, updated recipes. We firmly believe healthy eating patterns are essential for students to do well in school, enjoy the time they spend with their friends and family, and fully develop mentally and physically. Furthermore, these habits have been linked to reduced risk for mortality and prevention of future chronic diseases.
Robbinsdale Nutrition Services lunch menus offer kids a wide variety of foods that are both nutritious and delicious. Cooking new recipes is a fun and engaging activity that can be enjoyed at home!
- Apple french toast bake (PDF)
- Creamy broccoli apple slaw (PDF)
- Honey sriracha roasted delicata squash (PDF)
- Hummus (PDF)
- Parmesan garlic roasted carrots with sriracha mayo dipping sauce (PDF)
- Roasted brussels sprouts with honey and dill (PDF)
- Roasted honey butter carrots (PDF)
- Spicy sweet potatoes (PDF)