Free or Reduced Meals

VegetablesTo apply for free or reduced-price school meals complete and submit an Application for Educational Benefits below. 

Applications for the new school year are available August 1. Families must complete a new form each year. Please ensure you are filling out the current year's form or it will not be accepted.

The Application for Educational Benefits is also used to determine funding for other important educational programs in the District, so please be sure to complete one each year.

Paper applications can also be obtained at each main school office or at the District Office, 1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota Heights.

All students eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals are eligible to receive both breakfast and lunch at no charge.


Who can get free or reduced-price meals?
Children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster, homeless, migrant and runaway children can get free school meals without reporting household income. Also, children can get free meals if their household income is within the maximum income shown for the household size on the instructions.

I get WIC or Medical Assistance. Can my children get free school meals?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free meals. Please fill out an application.  

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. You or your children do not have to be U.S. citizens for your children to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.

What if my income is not always the same?
List the amount that you normally get. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only sometimes.

Will the information I give be checked?
Yes, and we may also ask you to send written proof.

How will the information be kept?
Information you provide on the form, and your child’s approval status for school meal benefits, will be protected as private data. For more information see the back page of the Application for Educational Benefits.

If I don't qualify now, may I apply later?
Yes. Please complete an application at any time if your income goes down, your household size goes up, or you start getting SNAP, MFIP or FDPIR benefits.

Please provide the information requested about children's racial identity and ethnicity, which helps to make sure we are fully serving our community. This information is not required for approval of school meal benefits.

If you have other questions or need help, please call the Child Nutrition Department at 651-403-7320.