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Application for Educational Benefits

The online Application for Educational Benefits is available at

  • By completing the application, students may receive free meals, free or reduced fees for transportation, athletic programs, academic and extracurricular activities. Households may receive free or discounted fees from cable and internet providers. School districts may receive additional state and federal funding. 
  • Parents/Guardians must choose to share their student's eligibilty status in order to receive reduced fees for programs other than child nutrition programs. Parents may choose to not share their eligibility status and this will not affect the benefits they receive from child nutrition programs. 
  • Parents/Guardians of Kindergarten students, who will start September 2020, must wait until the current school year application is available, usually in mid-July to early August each year.
  • Completing the application online is the quickest and most secure way for the school district to process your application and determine if your students qualify for benefits. You will be notified by mail if your students qualify or are denied benefits.  
  • Benefits do NOT automatically transfer from one school district to another, or from one state to another. 
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for all food and meal purchases prior to the official date of determination of benefits. Funds must be in a student’s meal account to make purchases.

Completing the application may assist your students and the school district in receiving benefits. If you feel you may be eligible to qualify, your students may receive free or reduced price school meals and additional assistance benefits. Applications may be completed online or on paper. Applications are available by printing from the links below or paper applications are located in school buildings and at the District Office. A new application must be completed each school year. Applications are reviewed on a timely basis, however, allow 10 days for processing and a response sent to the parent/guardian. Benefits from the previous school year will be carried over for the first 30 school days of the current year. Families receiving MN Family Investment Program (MFIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster children may be directly certified for free meals by the State of MN. Benefit eligibility letters are sent through U.S. mail. Any family that has not reapplied by October 26, 2020 will be changed to full price meals. Applications may be completed at any time throughout the year. Until an application is approved and written notice has been received, parents/guardians are responsible for providing meals from home or money for school meals. Call 952-707-2051 if you need assistance with the application process.

You'll need to complete both the Educational Benefits Waiver and Application. Completing the application/waiver online is the fastest way for us to determine if you qualify for benefits. Click here to access the 2020-21 Online Application for Educational Benefits

You will need the following information in order to complete an Application for Educational Benefits:

Step 1:  

• All children’s first and last names
• All children’s birthdates
• All student’s grades and schools

Step 2 (If Applicable):

• Assistance Program (SNAP, MFIP, FDPIR)  -  NOTE: Receiving Medical Assistance does not apply.
• Assistance Program Case Number

Step 3 (If not receiving benefits from an Assistance Program):

• Last 4 digits of Social Security Number (SSN) of the person signing the form or mark the box for no SSN
• All children’s Regular Income (part-time job or Social Security income) that contributes to the household (not casual income such as babysitting or lawn mowing)
• All other household member’s first and last names
• All adult household member’s gross income, not take-home pay
• All adult household member’s frequency of income (how often received: weekly, bi-weekly, 2x a month, monthly or annually (not an hourly rate)
      2020-21 Household Income Guidelines (to qualify for educational benefits)

Step 4:

Signature of adult household member

Please fill out the form completely and return it to:  ISD 191 Food Service Office, 200 W Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337

The district is allowed 10 days to process your application.  You will be notified by mail if your family does or does not qualify. Parents/Guardians are responsible for all meal purchases made by students and money must be in a student's account in order to purchase meals until it is determined that the family will receive the benefit of free or reduced price meals.  

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All students eligible for free or reduced price lunch also receive breakfast at no charge, per federal and/or state legislative funding decisions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.e., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
If you need printed applications in languages other than those listed below, please call the Food & Nutrition Services Office at (952) 707-2051.