All families in the district must complete the educational benefits application (or opt out), regardless of income or eligibility. Applications for Educational Benefits are approved annually. To ensure a smooth transition of benefits, you will need to reapply for 2023-24 before the school year begins. Scroll down to see the many benefits that come with applying.
How to Apply or to Opt Out
- Online using your www.schoolcafe.com account
- Download and print a paper application or pick one up at your student's school
- Call our nutrition services office at (651) 457-9429 to complete your application over the phone
- Return all applications to your student's school or to the District Office at 104 5th St S, SSP
- Hmong and Somali applications are available on School Cafe or in-person by request.
All information MUST be on the form, including the last four digits of your social security number (or check the box that there is no social security number), your address and telephone number. 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.
- Are all meals free to all students for the 2023-24 school year?
- Can my child receive milk for free if they bring lunch from home?
- Do I need to apply for educational benefits every year?
- How do I apply for educational benefits?
- What if my family exceeds the income limit?
- Do foster children qualify for Educational Benefits?
- How does a household qualify for educational benefits?
- How long does it take to be approved for educational benefits?
- How long do my educational benefits last?
- I get support from WIC. Can my children get Educational Benefits?
Emergency Broadband Program (EBB)
The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides eligible households a discount off their monthly internet bills as well as a one-time discount off of an eligible connected device.
Amazon Discounted Prime Memberships
Qualifying families receive discounted membership rate. Visit amazon.com for more information.
Assurance Wireless Lifeline Assistance Program
Visit assurancewireless.com for more information.
Children’s Theatre Company ACT Pass program
The ACT Pass program provides financial aid to attend Children’s Theatre Company’s performances, classes, and camps. Visit childrenstheatre.org/tickets/act-pass-accessible-tickets for more information.
Easy Wireless Lifeline Assistance Program
Visit myeasywireless.com for more information.
Internet Essentials Affordable Internet at Home Program
Qualifying families receive discounted cost for internet services. Visit internetessentials.com/apply for more information.
Minnesota Children’s Museum “All Play” Membership
Qualifying families receive free admission for one full year. Visit mcm.org/join/all-play-membership for more information.
Minnesota Energy Assistance
Qualifying families may receive assistance with energy bills. Visit xcelenergy.com for more information.
Minnesota Historical Society Limited Income Program
Qualifying families receive discounted admission: $4 for adults and free for children ages 17 and under. Visit mnhs.org/limitedincomeprogram for more information.
Minnesota Lifeline Discount Program
This program provides a discount on the cost of monthly telephone or qualified internet access service. Visit frontier.com/resources/discountprograms/lifelineprogram/minnesota for more information.
Minnesota Power Payment Assistance Programs
Minnesota Power offers the different assistance programs for qualifying families. Visit mnpower.com for more information.
Minnesota Zoo Free to Explore Program
Free to Explore provides free admission for a qualifying guest and their dependents. Visit mnzoo.org/us/freetoexplore for more information.
Q-Link Wireless Lifeline Program
This program offers affordable phone services to qualifying families. Visit qlinkwireless.com for more information.
SafeLink Free Wireless Program
Visit safelinkwireless.com for more information.
Science Museum of Minnesota
Qualifying families receive discounted admission: $3 admission or $5 for the Omnitheater & museum. Visit smm.org/visit/hours-admission for more information.
The Works Museum
Qualifying families receive discounted admissions, memberships and camp: $4.25 admission and $25 family memberships. Visit theworks.org/gateway for more information.
Transit Assistance Program (TAP)
The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to help make public transit more affordable for low-income residents. Qualifying families receive $1 fare for a full year. Visit metrotransit.org/tap-riders for more information.
YMCA Discounted memberships
The YMCA provides discounted memberships to qualifying families. Visit ymcamn.org/membership/financial_assistance for more information.
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