MPSHome Alumni Calendar Contact
Food Service

At South High, our mission is to provide nutritious meals that appeal to all students. We are very proud of our culinary efforts and put a lot of love into our food, too! - Teresa Ventry, Food Service Manager


  • School breakfast is free and served 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. 
  • School lunch is also free, and served during 4th hour, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
    • ‚Äč1st lunch -  11:30 a.m. – Noon
    • 2nd lunch - Noon – 12:30
    • 3rd lunch - 12:30 – 1 p.m.
  • Lunch includes an entree--meat or meat alternative--milk, fruit, vegetable, and bread. 
  • Students must choose a fruit and/or vegetable, alongside their meals.
  • Students may purchase a second entree, but must have money in their account to cover the cost.


  • Breakfast - $2.50.
  • Lunch - $5.

We encourage students to try items they may not be familiar with. We have eliminated high fructose corn syrups, trans fats and artificial colors and preservatives. We have two salad bars and use fresh, locally sourced produce.

Open Campus—Eligible students may go outside at lunch. Ninth grade students are not permitted to leave campus for lunch at South but will be eligible as sophomores. 

Garden to Cafeteria Is an MPS program providing fresh garden produce for school meals. At South High, our campus gardens produced a fall harvest of tomatoes, peppers and zucchini squash for the cafeteria.

Volunteer! Any students and staffers interested in participating in the preparation/planting of the garden are welcome! Please contact Science teacher Susan Peterson.

Educational Benefits—The Nutrition Center for Minneapolis Public Schools sends out applications at the beginning of August.
  • Often referred to as the Free and Reduced lunch form, this form offers many benefits beyond meals, such as free and reduced costs for tests, sports, activities, and field trips and is also used to show qualifying status for EBT and PEBT cards.
  • Providing this information is very important as it is used by the state and school district to determine part of our funding.
  • Many families qualify.
  • Some parents/guardians will already have received a letter from Hennepin County for their child to receive free or reduced cost meals. 
  • Complete the form OR apply online.