Stay Fueled with Healthy Meals
The best way to fuel your mind is to fuel your body! Free meals are available to District 196 students through a variety of summer programs. More information will be available before the last day of school. Check back soon!
Meals are available to children, up to 18 years old, at no cost. Visitors do not need to show identification or proof of residency or sign up.
Throughout the 2022 summer, meals are free, regardless of eligibility, for all District 196 students ages 18 and younger. The District 196 Food and Nutrition Services Department will follow practices consistent with health and safety guidelines. There are no eligibility requirements or identification required.
Meals will be available Monday-Friday, June 20 through August 12, 2022 at four school sites. There will be no meals the week of July 4 through 8. All meals must be consumed on site. Adult lunch is $5.
Free meals from are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the following school locations:
Cedar Park Elementary School, 7500 Whitney Drive, Apple Valley
Diamond Path Elementary School, 14455 Diamond Path, Apple Valley
Echo Park Elementary School, 14100 County Road 11, Burnsville
Thomas Lake Elementary School, 4350 Thomas Lake Road, Eagan
Alimentos Gratuitos para Niños 20 de junio – 12 de agosto, 2022
Lunes-Viernes (No se ofrecerán comidas del 4-8 de julio). Gratis para TODOS los niños. No hay requisites de elegibilidad de ingresos ¡SOLO PRESENTESE AL LUGAR! Las comidas gratuitas están disponibles de lunes a viernes de 11 am a 12 pm en las cuatro escuelas mencionadas anteriormente. Una comida para adultos cuesta $5.
CUNTADA BILAASHKA AH SAMARKA! Juun 20 - Agoosto 12, 2022
Isniinta-Jimacaha (Cuntada ma jirto Juulay 4-8). Waa bilaash DHAMAAN caruurta jira 18 ama ka yar. Dakhli looma eegaayo si uu ilmuhu cuntada u cuno. WAA INAAD ISKA TIMAADID! Cuntooyinka bilaashka ah ee laga bilaabo Isniinta ilaa Jimcaha 11 subaxnimo - 12 galabnimo ayaa laga heli karaa afarta dugsi ee kor ku xusan. Cuntada dadka waaweyn waa $5.
Families Encouraged to Apply for Educational Benefits
Though meals are free this school year, ALL FAMILIES are encouraged to complete an Educational Benefits Application, formerly the free and reduced-price meals application. A new application must be submitted each year. Visit District196.org/edbenefits for more information. Español | Soomaali
The Educational Benefits Program is more than just an application for free and/or reduced price meals. Just one form ensures students funding continues for all students in District 196. Learn more about what this application supports.
Free healthy meals are available this summer for all children through our partnership with The Open Door Pantry! Meals are available Monday through Friday at various times at several locations throughout the district. No registration or ID required. For more information, visit www.theopendoorpantry.org.
- Cedar Knolls Mobile Home Community (near the pool), 12:30-1 p.m.
12571 Garland Avenue, Apple Valley
- Cinnamon Ridge Park, 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
4598 Slater Road, Eagan
- Eagan Place Apartments, 11-11:30 a.m.
3575 Lexington Avenue South, Eagan
- Emerald Hills, 11-11:30 a.m.
8555 Bacardi Avenue, Inver Grove Heights
- Rosemount Greens, 12:30-1 p.m.
3810 145th Street West, Rosemount
- Rosemount Woods, 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
13925 Bunratty Avenue, Rosemount
The Open Door also hosts free community meals several times a month in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Inver Grove Heights and Lakeville. For complete details, times and locations, visit the Open Door Pantry's website.
Find a Summer Food Service Program near you.
- Download the Free Meals for Kids app provided by Hunger Impact Partners to your phone or device.
- Call the 211 Hotline. From a cell phone – Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 1-800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
- Call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151, available from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Central Time.
- Text USDA to texting service. Text Summer Meals to 914-342-7744. En español, text Verano to 914-342-7744.