Students who qualify for free or reduced meals will receive free or reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches.
Families must submit an application each school year or have a direct certification from the state.
The Minnesota Department of Education provides the Child Nutrition Services office with information for families receiving MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Plan) benefits or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which qualifies these students to receive free meals automatically (directly certified) without applying. The information is received monthly. If you do not receive a letter stating that you're eligible for free meals, an application must be completed each school year.
The district follows strict rules to protect a student's confidentiality for those that qualify.
All kindergarten students are eligible for a free breakfast, paid for by the State of Minnesota.
You can apply or re-apply anytime during the school year if your household circumstances change.
You must provide exact information when adding a student within SchoolCafé. First name, last name and student ID (located in Infinite Campus) are required. If your last name is hyphenated please keep in mind it needs to be exactly the way it was entered into our system.
For Example: John Smith-Dow or John Smith Dow or John SmithDow For student IDs: Include all digits, including the leading zeros, for example, 000012345
Students enter a personalized number on a keypad and the price of the meal is deducted from their account. Depositing money into your child's meal account is easy! We accept cash, checks or online payments through SchoolCafé. If you choose to send payments with your child to school, please follow the cash or check payment directions.
Please send cash in an envelope with your child's first and last name along with teacher's name and homeroom number written on the front of the envelope.
Please make checks out to the name of your student's school (example: Five Hawks Elementary). You can write one check out for multiple children, if all attend the same school, just be sure to include all first and last names of the children in the memo part of the check.
You will need to set up an account with SchoolCafé. After your account has been created you may check the balance of your child(ren)'s account and see their daily purchases, regardless of how payments are made.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.