2017-2018 Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Our school provides healthy meals each day. Breakfast costs $1.40; Elementary lunch costs $2.55; High School lunch costs $2.65.

Your children may qualify for free meals. New this year:
      -Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will receive free breakfast and lunch.
      -All kindergarten students qualify for free breakfast.
To apply for free or reduced-price school meals, complete the enclosed Application for Educational Benefits following the instructions. A new application must be submitted each year. Your application also helps our school qualify for additional education funds and discounts.

Return your completed Application for Educational Benefits at Open House or to:
Mandy Zens
Food Service Director
500 Hwy 23 W
Milaca, MN  56353

Who can get free or reduced-price meals? Children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster children can get free school meals without reporting household income. Also, children can get free or reduced-price meals if their household income is within the maximum income shown for the household size on the instructions. Approval for school meal benefits is good for the school year.

Do foster children qualify for free meals? Yes, foster children who are the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless of household income.

I get WIC. Can my children get free meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Please fill out an application. 

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your children do not have to be U.S. citizens for your children to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Who should I include as members of my household? Include yourself and all other people living in the household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends). Include a household member who is temporarily away, such as a college student.

What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally get. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only sometimes.

How will the information I provide be kept? Information you provide on the form, and your child’s approval for school meal benefits, will be protected as private data. See the back page of the application for more information about how the information is used.

Will the information I give be checked? Yes, and we may also ask you to send written proof.
If you have other questions or need help, call Mandy Zens at 320-982-7302.


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