Free & Reduced Meals

Nutrition Services is pleased to be able to provide our families with three different options when completing an Application for Educational Benefits. They include:

Apply Online for Meal Benefits!

  1. Online applications: Completed online applications will normally be processed within 24-48 hours. From July - September applications can take as long as 10 days to process, including mailing time. 
  2. Paper copy: All schools will have a small supply of applications on hand throughout the school year.
  3. Printable Applications from our Website: EnglishHmongSomaliSpanish. Applications can be printed at your convenience. Click on link below for additional language options

Families must submit a new application each year. If your family received free or reduced-priced meals last school year, that same eligibility will remain in effect for the first 30 days of school or until your application is processed. Families who have this 30-day carry-over and have not submitted an application for the current school year by October 15, 2020 will lose their eligibility.

When completing the application, please read all the instructions and income guidelines and complete all appropriate sections. Incomplete paper applications will be returned resulting in a delay in processing. Incomplete online applications will be rejected. If your online application is accepted, you will get a confirmation number that the application has been accepted.

Breakfast is free for those students who qualify for free or reduced priced meals.

Foster Parents

Foster children no longer have to identify income when completing an application. An application needs to be completed to help us identify those who are in the foster care system until the State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Section and the Human Services department notify schools that a different system is in place. County Human Services agencies are expected to notify schools of NEW foster children placement only. All children in foster care are eligible to receive free meals. The application is not based on household income; however, a foster child can be counted as a family member on an application filed by parents of non-foster children. "Foster child" is defined as a child who lives with the household but is the legal responsibility of a social services agency or court.

Homeless Families

Please contact the school district's homeless liaison at 651-425-3765 for assistance when completing a Free & Reduced meal application.

Print Applications

English Application

Hmong Free and Reduced Application Hmong

Spanish Free and Reduced Application Spanish

Somali Free and Reduced Application Somali

 Return completed paper applications to:

South Washington County Schools
Nutrition Services
7362 E. Point Douglas Rd S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016