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Nutrition Services


We are excited to welcome Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE) as LILA's new nutrition services provider. SFE is passionate about bringing fresh, Chef developed meals to our students' plates.  In addition to fresh, quality meals, SFE offers a variety of culinary and nutrition education resources: 

  • Roving Chef - An interactive cooking experience where students cook alongside a real chef, learning about kitchen hygiene, nutrition, and fundamental culinary skills. 
  • Farmer's Markets – Students learn about the farm-to-table connection, as well as see and sample new fruits and vegetables.
  • Health Fairs – Students learn about the benefits of healthy eating and fitness.
  • Harvest of the Month – Each month students experience a featured fresh fruit or vegetable as part of their menu.
  • Nutrition Classes – Taught by Registered Dietitians. 
  • Student Taste Testing Events – Students participate in shaping LILA's menus while learning about healthy menu preparation. 

Check back for more information and sample menus – COMING SOON! 


Lakes International Language Academy proudly participates in Minnesota’s Free School Meals Program where all students in grades PreK-12 have access to healthy meals free of charge – one breakfast and one lunch – 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 because your family may qualify for other benefits such as WIC nutrition assistance, discounted internet connectivity through the FCC, some sports and activity scholarships or discounts, and more.  Your application may also help LILA qualify for additional education funds and supports.  Access the application, eligibility, and instructions information by clicking the buttons to the right.

Who should complete the application? 

  • Households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). 
  • Households that include one or more foster children. A welfare agency or court must have legal responsibility for the child(ren). 
  • Households whose total income is within eligibility guidelines (see the chart below). 
  • Children enrolled in the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program.