Free and Reduced Meal Application

  • The free or reduced meal applications for families are approved yearly. If your family was approved in the 2017-18 school year, you will need to reapply to ensure no disruption of meal benefits for the 2018-19 school year. New applications are available below:

     How do I apply for free or reduced-priced meals?  

    • Parents can apply online, or opt out of the application, a quick and easy online meal application that can be completed in a few short steps and electronically signed  Click ApplyNOW.

    • Paper applications are still available for those who choose not to complete an online application. To print a paper Application For Educational Benefits Click English Application for Educational Benefits or Spanish Application for Educational Benefits. You may also pick up a copy at any school office, the District Office or during open house/orientation days. Completed forms can be mailed to: 104 5th Avenue So., So. St. Paul, MN 55075 or fax to the Nutrition Services office at (651) 457-9485. 

    • All information, including the LAST FOUR DIGITS OF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER or check the box that there is no social security number, YOUR ADDRESS and YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER MUST be on the form. If your form is not complete, your application will be mailed back to you. You are responsible for the balance in your students account as your student is full paid until your application has been PROCESSED and qualified.


    How can students receive free or reduced-priced meals?

    • Parents and/or guardians can determine if their income qualifies their children for free or reduced-priced meals by completing an Application for Educational Benefits. Applications and instructions are available throughout the school year at school offices and on this District Website.

    How does a household qualify for free or reduced-priced educational benefits?

    • Total household income is within government income guidelines; or
    • Household currently receives benefits through Minnesota Family Investment Plan (MFIP), Food Stamps (SNAP) or Food Distribution Program or on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

    Students of those families who qualify for free or reduced-priced educational benefits also receive financial assistance for participation in activities and athletics.

    Notification of eligibility will be verified within 10 days of district receipt of application. Questions about the application can be directed to the district’s Nutrition Services Department at (651) 457-9429.

    In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.