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Turn in Applications to:

District Office, Your School Office,

or mail it to:

Lakeville Area Schools

Attn: Student Nutrition

17630 Juniper Path, Suite A

Lakeville MN, 55044

We will also accept faxed applications at 952-469-6054 or email a signed and scanned copy to [email protected].

Educational Benefit Applications

Meals are free for students in the 2021-2022 school year, however discounted fees for activities and bussing still require the submission of an Application for Educational Benefits. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards are also tied to qualifying for free or reduced benefits if they are extended through 2021-2022 school year.  Our schools receive funding that benefits all students in the district in areas beyond the lunch program when qualified applications exceed a certain percentage of the district’s enrollment so families who may qualify should still apply during the 2021-2022 school year.

If you qualify, your family may benefit from reduced or even free price on other programs within the District including:

  • Athletic fees
  • Parking permits
  • Community Education fees
  • Field trips
  • Classroom items
  • Busing
  • Activities

Educational Benefits are available for students whose family income meets requirements or for families receiving benefits such as SNAP. Students approved for educational benefits can receive one free breakfast meal and one lunch meal daily. Extra items, such as ala carte items, an extra milk, or milk with lunch from home are not free and the student must have money in their account or cash to purchase these items.

If you think you may qualify or are interested in applying for Free or Reduced Price Educational Benefits, you can fill out an Application for Educational Benefits.  Students who qualify for free or reduced benefits may also qualify to receive discounted fees for other district expenses such as bussing or activities. All children in the district benefit in areas beyond the lunch program when qualified applications exceed a certain percentage of the district’s enrollment.

Important Things to Note

  • Families must reapply for meal benefits at the beginning of each school year.
  • Families who receive SNAP benefits may be directly certified to receive free benefits by the state. If you have been directly certified, we will send you a letter notifying you that we have received certification from the state for your benefits.  If you do not receive this letter each year, you must reapply.
  • Families that receive MFIP benefits will need to submit an application. These applications will need to submit the case number instead of income.

 

How to Apply

Families can apply for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits by either filling out the form online or filling out a paper application. 

Paper applications can be picked up at each school, the District Office, or printed from the links on the left. Applications are available in multiple languages.

 

Click below to apply online for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits

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Where to Submit Completed Applications

You can either bring your application in to your school, the District Office, or mail it to: ISD 194, Attn: Student Nutrition, 17630 Juniper Path, Suite A, Lakeville MN, 55044. We will also accept faxed applications at 952-469-6054 or email a signed and scanned copy to [email protected].

Once received, applications will be processed within 10 days. Any charges incurred prior to approval of an application are the responsibility of the family.

 

P-EBT Program

Lakeville Area Schools families who qualify for educational benefits (free and reduced price meals) are also eligible for additional emergency nutritional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program

If your family qualifies for educational benefits (free or reduced price meals) or is directly certified you are eligible for the P-EBT program. If you have NOT completed an Application for Educational Benefits for this school year, you can still apply and benefit from this program. The MN Department of Education (MDE) is waiting on guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on what the nature of the P-EBT program will be like for the 2021-2022 school year so more information will be available soon. 

 

For questions regarding Free & Reduced Benefits, contact:

Julie Wharton
Student Nutrition Support Specialist
952-232-2061
[email protected]