Nutrition Services

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Nutrition Services is dedicated to providing our students with the tools they need to be successful learners. We believe nutrition is essential for effective learning. That’s why we strive to serve well-balanced, high-quality, and tasty meals every day! Our child nutrition programs, school lunch, and school breakfast help our students get the nutrition they need to learn, play, grow and develop. Last year we served 236,011 breakfasts and 1,023,910 lunches!

2020-2021 Update: Thanks to government funding, ALL ECCS students have access to free meals throughout the year.

Families in our district who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are now eligible for additional emergency nutritional benefits offered from the Federal government. 

If you have already qualified for free or reduced-price meals earlier this school year, you don’t need to do anything because your family will automatically receive these new Federal nutritional benefits.  

However, if your family income has been affected by the pandemic and you have not completed an Application for Education Benefits (free or reduced-price meal application) for this school year, please complete and submit your application by Feb. 28, 2021

These benefits are provided by Federal “Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer” funds (P-EBT) and will be provided to any family who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals this school year. These additional benefits may be retroactive to September 2020, depending on when eligibility for free or reduced-meals is determined. 

Families who qualify will receive separate electronic grocery cards for each student in the family. The cards would include funds (approximately $6.82/day) for each day your student was in distance learning during the school year. Cards will be mailed from the State of Minnesota in late March 2021. 

If you haven’t already done so, complete and submit your Application for Educational Benefits today.



  • For Student Account Balances and Purchases, contact your School Nutrition Site Managers through the information below.
  • For Submitted Application for Benefits/ Free and Reduced Applications, contact Sarah Laabs or Julie Eklund
  • For Special Diet Menus and Nutritional Information, contact Laura Wacker-Hansen
  • For general questions, please email
Kim Franta
Director of Nutrition Services
Laura Wacker-Hansen MBA, RDN, LD
Assistant Director of Nutrition Services
Julie Eklund
Nutrition Services Specialist
Sarah Laabs
Administrative Assistant


School Nutrition Site Managers - Elementary

Bluff Creek Elementary
Jacqueline Libengood
Carver Elementary
Alexa Wagner
Chanhassen Elementary
Michelle Wickenhauser
Clover Ridge Elementary
Nancy Guenther
East Union Elementary
Lori Jerome
Jonathan Elementary
Kimberly Bramer
La Academia
Nichole Kauls
Victoria Elementary
Susan Schwappach


School Nutrition Site Managers - Middle & High School

Chaska Middle School East
Julia Zieman
Chaska Middle School West
Kari O’Konek
Pioneer Ridge Middle School
Monica Hinze
Chanhassen High School
Stephen Riley
Chaska High School
Gina Elliott
Integrated Arts Academy
Sarah Laabs