Free and Reduced-Priced Meals and Educational Benefits

Spring Lake Park Schools is able to provide Free or Reduced-Price Meals to children in our district who eligible based on their family's income level. Families are strongly encouraged to fill out an application and many are pleasantly surprised to learn they qualify for these benefits. 

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 athletics and activities, in-home internet access and more.

All families receive a mailed paper application in late July or 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.

How do I apply?


Online Application - 2021-2022 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.

Paper Application - available below. Applications will also 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. It's about much more than meals.

Benefits beyond meals:

There are many great benefits to filling out an applications that go beyond meals. 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. Funding for student programs and services and needed staff
  5. Reduced registration fees for AP Tests and college applications 

Questions?

Contact Jane Sweney, Program Assistant at 763-600-5041 or
jswene@district16.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

2021-2022 Maximum Household Income

The 2021-2022 Maximum Household Income reflects income before gross-taxes and other deductions. The income guidelines are effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

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