Lancer Dining Services provides exceptional food service for schools. We believe that the simple act of breaking bread together, even at a young age, is an essential social experience that can nurture positive interpersonal relationships. The ritual of sharing a meal is essential to a strong and vibrant social community.

throughout the Twin Cities area. We will work with you to create a student dining program that is right for you…fresh, wholesome and cost-effective. Through our experience serving children and young adults, we have created kid-friendly meals that meet the National School Lunch Program and Minnesota Department of Education guidelines.

Lancer actively pursues and implements every practice established by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

Documents provided include a daily production record required by the MDE and approved by Food and Nutrition Services, menus, portion guides, sanitation guidelines, serving guidelines and temperature log templates. As your partner, Lancer will provide you will all other documentation, as needed and required by MDE, to ensure that your program is running smoothly and is in full compliance with the MDE as well as your local health department.

In developing our breakfast, lunch and snack menus, it is our goal to maximize the nutritional value of the food we serve. We offer a large variety of whole grains, vegetables and fruits that provide the energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber that are required for good health. We develop menus that have moderate sugar, salt and sodium levels and minimal levels of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Lancer only uses cooking oils for meal preparation that are trans-fat free.

At the same time, we know that our menus need to be interesting, flavorful and fun so that everyone will enjoy them and look forward to meal time as a time when they get recharged and energized for the rest of their day.

MDE experience you can rely on


Lancer Dining Services creates fresh, wholesome and diverse USDA certified menus that include Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Special Diets and Alternate Options. Our culinary team is well versed, knowledgeable and skilled in MDE nutrition programs and the administrative review (audit) process. Our expertise includes:
• National School Lunch Program
• School Breakfast Program
• After School At-Risk Program
• Nutritional Analysis
• Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
• School Wellness Program
• Seamless Summer Program
• Administrative Reviews
• Food Distribution Program (Commodities)
• Cyber-Linked Interactive Child Nutrition System (CLiCS)
• Colyar Software Program for Administrative Reviews
Lancer dining participates every year with our partner schools in the administrative review or audit process by the state. We manage all the nutrition and menu information for you and ensure it is complete and compliant. We work with you closely to make the entire process worry-free.

View our K-8 Lunch sample menu


View our K-12 Breakfast sample menu


View our 9-12 Lunch sample menu