We have recently streamlined the application process for applying for educational benefits. You can access the form in the Food Service tab from your Skyward Family Access account. Follow this step by step guide to filling out the form. Paper applications are still available and can be downloaded here, or you can also call the Food Service office at 218-333-3100 ext. 31141 or 31142 with any questions.

Most people associate the form with Free and Reduced meals for our school nutrition program, but the benefits for those who qualify extend beyond school meals. 

In addition to your student receiving Free or Reduced meals there are other benefits your student will receive:

  • Reduction in athletic fees
  • Priority for receiving technology equipment for distance learning if needed. 
  • Free ACT testing
  • Waived college application fees.
  • Registration fee waived for some community and various camp programs.

Simply save the verification letter that qualifies your student for the free and reduced meal program after your application has been processed to access these benefits.

The Application for Educational Benefits is also critical for receiving compensatory revenue from the state. Compensatory Revenue is a state aid that is generated from the number of qualified free and reduced applications we qualify. These funds directly benefit the school site your student attends. 

There are many uses for this funding that allow us to improve the quality of education. For example, keeping class sizes low, purchasing instructional materials and technology to meet the needs of students are some of the ways funds are distributed. The funding also supports programs like Title 1 that assists students struggling in the area of math or reading. By submitting your student’s application for educational benefits you are directly helping to generate funds for these programs and resources in your student’s school.