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Application for Educational Benefits Introduction

Instrucciones para completar la aplicación para almuerzos gratis o precio reducido en línea: 

Barashada Buuxinta Arjiga Qadada Lacag La’aanta ah ama Qiimaheeda Interneetka: 

The online Application for Educational Benefits at  is available in English and Spanish.

Additionally families can print applications in any language from this website.

Please contact the Food & Nutrition Services Department at 952-707-2051 if you have questions or need assistance.

Is this for me?

YES. We are asking every family to complete this process. You can either complete an Application for Educational Benefits OR fill out the waiver letting us know that they've chosen not to do so.


The benefit for you: If your family qualifies, your students can receive free or reduced-price meals and possibly other benefits, including discounts for participation in athletics, band and other activities. 

The benefit for schools: Some school funding is based on number of students who qualify for benefits. So by filling out an application, you are helping to ensure every school in District 191 gets all the funding it deserves.

What if I already received a certification of eligibility or already applied?

If you already received a letter from the District 191 Food & Nutrition Services Department certifying your eligibility for benefits, or if you already submitted an application, we may still need permission from you to share information within District 191. Simply click start, fill in the requested information, and then choose the "No, I don't need to because I already applied OR already received a letter of certification" option. 


Qualification Criteria

***The application to apply for educational benefits will be available July 24, 2020.***

Complete an application if any of the following apply to your household:

  • Any member of the household currently participates in any of these three programs: Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR); or
  • The household includes one or more foster children (a welfare agency or court has legal responsibility for the child). or
  • Total household income (gross earnings, not take-home pay) is within the guidelines below (effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019):

2020-21 Household Income Guidelines