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Free Meals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced an extension to its free meals program and will provide school meals at no cost to students for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year.

All District 196 students learning in person are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch every school day. A la carte items available at school are not included in this program.

Free meals include one breakfast and one lunch. Second entrees are $3 and additional milk is $0.40. Adult lunch is $3.85 and adult breakfast is $2.05. A la carte menu items are not included and vary by pricing. For a la carte prices, visit the Food and Nutrition Services Department webpage.

All staff will follow practices consistent with MDH, MDE and CDC health and safety guidelines when distributing meals in schools.

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 for more information.

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.

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