Educational Benefits

Many families qualify for a variety of benefits that help their student and our schools. While meals will be provided at no cost for all students this year, families who may be eligible should still still apply for Educational Benefits. 

About Educational Benefits

  • The funds schools receive from these benefits are critical to supporting our learning environment. 
  • A new application must be completed each school year. The application process is simple and confidential. Information obtained from meal applications is also used to determine student eligibility for a number of school programs including free bus cards, discounted internet services, reduced-price athletics & activities fees and counselors, reading and math specialists in our schools.
  • All families received a mailed paper application in early August. Families are also able to fill out an online application through Campus Parent Portal or download and fill out a paper application, found below in the "How do I apply" section in multiple languages. 
  • Applications can be submitted any time during the school year. Families who have not applied for these benefits before should apply right away. You may re-apply for these benefits at any time during the school year regardless of your circumstances.

Watch this video to learn more about Educational Benefits

Summer benefits to purchase food

Eligible families can receive additional funds this summer to help buy food through a new government program called Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (S-EBT). If your family qualifies, and your kids are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school, you'll get $40 per child each month on a special card called an EBT card. Any family who has their application submitted and approved by May 31 will get all the money at the beginning of summer. Those who are approved after May 31 will get the money at the end of summer.

Please note, if you have already been approved for free or reduced-price meals for the 2023-2024 school year, you do not need to re-apply in order to receive the S-EBT benefits. Reach out to our Nutrition Services team if you are unsure of your status.

Here's who can qualify for Summer S-EBT:

  • Kids who get SNAP, MFIP, FDPIR, Foster care, or Medicaid benefits
  • Kids who are homeless, in foster care, migrant, or runaway
  • Kids who got free or reduced-price meals for the school year 2023-2024
  • Kids who become eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the summer until August 23, 2024

If you think you qualify, fill out an Educational Benefits application below. 

 

How do I apply?


Online Application - 2023-2024 available now

  • Complete an application through Campus Parent Portal
    • Online Steps: Once logged into Campus Parent Portal, find the application by clicking on the "More" tab, then the "Meal Benefits" tab.
    • Online application available in English or Spanish 

Paper Application - Applications will hit homes in mid-August

Paper applications are mailed to all district households in early August. English and Spanish applications are also available at the District Service Center or any school office at any time. Please stop in if you need helping filling out your application.

Complete and return by choosing any of the following:

  • Email to:  foodservice@district16.org
  • Fax to:  763-600-5582
  • Mail or deliver to:  Spring Lake Park Schools, Nutrition Services, 1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432

Download the following applications:

Amharic

Arabic

English

Hmong

Somali

Spanish

Vietnamese

Learn more


Would I qualify?

The income thresholds are higher than in other programs, so many families are surprised to find they do qualify. Please take a few minutes to fill out the application - even if you don't think you will qualify. 

Many great benefits:

There are many great benefits to filling out an application. You could be eligible for:

  1. Reduced fares on Metro Transit through the Transit Assistance Program. Anyone in a household with a student receiving Free or Reduced Lunch is eligible to receive this reduced fare.
  2. Reduced fees for in-home internet access. This helps with affordable internet cost for eligible households through Internet Essentials by Comcast.
  3. Reduced fees for athletics and activities
  4. Reduced registration fees for AP Tests and college applications 

Funds also go to support counselors, reading and math specialists in our schools.

Questions?

Contact foodservices@district16.org, 763-600-5041

2023-2024 Maximum Household Income

The 2023-2024 Maximum Household Income reflects income before gross-taxes and other deductions. The income guidelines are effective July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

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