Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students during in-person learning at every school for the entire 2021-2022 school year. In past years families needed to meet income requirements to qualify for free school meals. During the pandemic the USDA eased restrictions so schools could serve meals to all students free of charge, and schools can continue serving free meals to all students through June 2022.
Meals that qualify for this program must contain all the food components to make it a complete meal. Students only need funds in their food service account to make purchases such as a second lunch, an extra entrée (“megabites” at the elementary schools) and other individual (a la carte) items including milk.
Families who may qualify for free/reduced-price meal benefits should still complete the Application for Educational Benefits, as there are other benefits such as free or discounted sports fees, discounted internet access, etc. and, if extended, additional P-EBT funds. The school district also receives funding based on the number of students with free/reduced-price meal benefits. There are three ways to apply:
- Parent/guardians can access the online application in their Parent Portal. Click on “More” then “Meal Benefits.” If you need help with the Parent Portal, contact the Parent Helpline at 952-975-7094.
- Families can download an application here and return it to any school or the Welcome Center or mail it to the address on the form.
- Paper applications will be mailed to all households in early August; a return envelope will be included.
Infinite Campus recently changed payment vendors used to process online payments for Food Service. Payment methods and recurring payments were not transferred during the change to the new vendor, so parents/guardians who want to make online payments will need to log into their Parent Portal and set up their payment method again (checking account/debit card/credit card) first, then create the recurring payment for each child’s food service account.
Funds are only needed in your child’s food service accounts if they wish to make a la carte purchases. School meals, if they have all the required food components, will be rung up at zero cost.
If you have questions you can email FoodService_Office@edenpr.org or call 952-975-8055.