Free and Reduced-Price Lunch

To apply for free or reduced-price school meals and help our school qualify for additional education funds and discounts, please complete the Application for Educational Benefits and return to the District Service Center. In addition, if eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, you are also eligible for free bus transportation. In order for Nutrition Services to share your eligibility status with the Transportation Department, please complete the Transportation Bus Fee registration form.


If you have questions or need help, call the Nutrition Services Department at 952-401-5034.

Application for Free and Reduced-Price Lucnh

Minnesota Health Care Programs

What's For Lunch?

Instructions for Completing Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Form

Applications are processed at the District Service Center. We aim to process applications received on the same day. You will receive a letter in the mail within 10 business days regarding your status. Your benefits begin on the day your application is processed.

Please return your application directly to:

Minnetonka Nutrition Services
5621 County Road 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Fax: 952-401-5092

Our schools provide healthy meals each day. Lunch costs $2.85 for Elementary, $2.95 for Middle, and $3.15 for High School Students. Children may qualify for free meals or reduced-price meals. New this year: Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will receive free lunches.

Frequently asked questions about free and reduced-price lunches:

How do I get an application in another language?

We have access to several language choices, including Spanish.

Aplicación Español

Todos los participantes deben volver a solicitar cada año escolar. Información importante sobre la Escuela de comidas de su hijo y Beneficios de Transporte Estimados Padres/Tutores:


Who can get Free or Reduced-Price School 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, homeless, migrant and runaway children can get free school meals without reporting household income. Or children can get free school meals if their household income is within the maximum income shown for their household size on the instructions.

I get WIC. Can my children get free meals?

Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free meals. Please fill out an application.

Should I fill out an application if I got a letter this school year saying my children were directly certified for Free Meals based on data from the Minnesota Department of Human Services?

Do not fill out an Application for Educational Benefits if all of your children have been directly certified for Free School Meals. If only some of your children were directly certified, you can add your students to the letter that you receive from Nutrition Services and send a copy back to the District Service Center to apply for your children who were not directly certified.

Who should I include as household members?

Include yourself and all other people living in the household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends).

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 meals.

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 overtime only sometimes.

Will the information I give be checked?

Yes, and we may ask you to send written proof.

How will the information be kept?

Information you provide on the form, and your child’s approval status for school meal benefits, will be protected as private data. For more information see the back page of the Application for Educational Benefits.

If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?

Yes. Please complete an application at any time if your income goes down, your household size goes up, or you start getting SNAP, MFIP or FDPIR benefits.

What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?

You should talk to a school official at 952-401-5048. You may ask for a hearing.