Application for Educational Benefits form
Click HERE to complete the 2020-21 Application for Education Benefits form.
A new application must be completed each school year.
In order for Nutrition Services to process your application as quickly as possible, please fill out and submit the form online. Paper applications are also available at all the schools in the front office. Applications are available in English and Spanish. If you would like an application mailed to your house please call 651-621-6022.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is now offering additional funds for the families of children ages 5 to 18 who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. This new program, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), will provide $325 per child that families can use to purchase nutritious food for their household. Families with children who received free or reduced-price meals at school, and who were between the ages of 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019, may qualify. Benefits are available to two groups:
- Families receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on March 18, 2020. Benefits for these families were issued automatically and appeared on their EBT balance on May 30, 2020. These families do not need to take any further action.
- Families receiving free or reduced-price school meals, but not SNAP or MFIP benefits. These families need to fill out a short application for a P-EBT card. Families can apply between June 8, 2020, and June 30, 2020. If approved, families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, which will arrive with the funds preloaded.
Families in need of assistance accessing or using their P-EBT benefits are urged to contact the P-EBT Hotline at 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698.
If your family or someone you know needs additional ongoing assistance accessing healthy foods, please contact your local tribal or county human services office, visit ApplyMN, or call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 888-711-1151.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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. Enter a current case number on the Application for Education Benefits form.
Also, children can get free or reduced-price school meals if their household income is within the maximum income shown for their household size on the instructions. Approval for school meal benefits is good for the school year.
How will I find out the status of my application?
You will receive a letter in the mail with the status of your application. Please keep this letter for your records. If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals you may receive a reduced rate for athletic fees, community programs and bussing.
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 do not include it if you get it only occasionally.
Where 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.
Will the information I give be checked?
Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof.
What if I disagree with the school's decision about my application?
You should first call Heather Schmidt in Nutrition Services at 651-621-6024 to discuss the application. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
You also may ask for a fair hearing by writing to: Mounds View Public Schools, Carole Nielsen, Mounds View District Center, 4570 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN 55126.
What if my information changes in the middle of the school year?
You may apply for educational benefits at any time during the school year.
What is the difference between a free and reduced lunch?
If your family qualifies for "Free" lunch your student will receive a free breakfast and lunch daily. If your family qualifies for a "Reduced" lunches your student will receive a free breakfast and a free lunch as the State of Minnesota covers the cost difference between the Reduced and Free eligibility.
Outreach for Minnesota Health Care Program
Click this LINK to see if you qualify for Free or Low cost Health Care programs for Children.
Please call our Nutrition Service office if you have any questions at 651-621-6024.
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.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442
(3) email: email@example.com
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