Free or Reduced-Price Meal Program
Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. To apply, complete the Application for Educational Benefits following the instructions. A new application must be submitted each year. At public schools, your application also helps the school qualify for education funds and discounts.
State funds help to pay for reduced-price school meals, so all students who are approved for either free or reduced-price school meals will receive school meals at no charge. State funds also help to pay for breakfasts for kindergarten students, so all participating kindergarten students receive breakfasts at no charge.
Please provide the information requested about children’s racial identity and ethnicity, which helps to ensure we are fully serving our community. This information is not required for approval of school meal benefits.
You can do this 3 ways:
1. Parent Portal (must use a computer)
-Log-in to your Parent Portal
-Go to "More" in the menu
-Select Meal Benefits
-Complete the application
2. Complete the Electronic Application
- Complete the Electronic Meal Benefit Application
- Wait for your verification email and complete action
3. Paper application
-Print the Application for Educational Benefits, complete and return to the school.
-Contact the Food Service Department to receive a paper application.
Return your completed application to:
Maple River Schools
Attn: Heather Ehlke
PO Box 515
Mapleton MN 56065
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can get free school meals?
I get WIC or Medical Assistance. Can my children get free school meals?
Who should I include as household members?
May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S.citizen?
What if my income is not always the same?
Will the income information or case number I give be checked?
How will the information be kept?
If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?