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 CMS and 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. 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. The online application does not work on a mobile device.
- 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.
- A completed application can be scanned and emailed to FoodService_Office@edenpr.org. Emailed applications must have a written (not typed) signature.
This past summer Infinite Campus changed payment vendors used to process online payments for Food Service. Your children's food service accounts and the Parent Portal remained the same, however payment methods (card and account numbers) and recurring payments were not transferred during the change to the new vendor. 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. However, only the first breakfast and first lunch each day are free.
If you have questions you can email FoodService_Office@edenpr.org or call 952-975-8055.
School meal programs nationwide are experiencing many of the same supply chain issues that have impacted restaurants and grocery stores throughout the pandemic. Our school nutrition team is committed to ensuring students continue to have access to healthy meals each school day. Just as families had to make substitutions on grocery lists, schools will have to make some last-minute changes to our regular menus, based on availability.
We hope parents and students will be patient as we sort through these supply chain issues. We may not have the same menu choices that we typically offer our students, but we'll be sure that all students are nourished and ready to learn.