Meal Accounts & Payments
The state’s Free School Meals program begins the 2023-24 school year. Most K-12 students may receive one breakfast and one lunch at no cost during the school year. Minnesota’s Free School Meals program and federal funding will cover the cost of breakfast and lunch for in-person students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as for pre-kindergarten students who attend elementary schools.
Families will still need to submit an application for educational benefits, now called the Alternate Application for Educational Benefits, to receive additional benefits.
Apply for Educational Benefits
All families are encouraged to submit an Alternate Application for Educational Benefits to determine if students qualify to receive reduced or waived athletic and activities fees, reduced transportation fees, discounts on internet service, emergency food benefits, and more.
The application is also available in school buildings. Families will be notified whether or not they qualify for benefits. Until an application is approved and notice has been received, parents/guardians are responsible for providing meals from home or money for school meals.
Make a Payment
All food, beverage, and meals are to be paid before service begins.
Once a student's meal account falls below $0 (zero dollars), we will follow the Student Unpaid Meal Charges Procedure. We are committed to ensuring all students can succeed at school, therefore we will not deny a student a meal, even if their meal account is below $0.
Depositing money into accounts is best accomplished using MySchoolBucks. It takes between 24 and 72 hours to get funds into the student account at the school. There is no fee to parents/guardians for using the online payment system.
Pay by Check
Checks may also be sent to school with your student and placed in the check deposit box or given to the Food Service Manager. Checks should be made out to ISD 191 Food Service. Please write the name of the student and their PIN on the memo line of your check. Cash may also be sent with your student; however, we discourage this practice.
Pay by Cash
While we discourage cash payments, cash is an acceptable form of payment. Cash payments must be placed in an envelope (envelopes will be available at secondary schools) and placed in the deposit box. Student's name and their PIN should be neatly written out on the envelope so that monies can be deposited into their account. If a student needs help with labeling their envelope, they should see the Food Services Manager.
Learn about nutritional information and meal pricing.
When a student registers in District 191, the Food and Nutrition Services department creates a meal account for the student with a unique personal identification number (PIN). The student enters this PIN into a keypad at the cashier station in the cafeteria to pay for meals and a la carte foods and beverages. Students keep the same PIN from year to year while enrolled in the district.
Practice using a PIN Pad for school meals.