Desktop Schools Popup

Select a School

Educational Benefits Program

Educational Benefits Program applications provide critical funding for schools

All District 196 families are encouraged to apply for the Educational Benefits Program (formerly known as the Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program) for the upcoming school year. An application should be submitted even though breakfast and lunch will be provided to all in-person students in 2021-22 at no charge through special funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Although no application is required for free meals if your household meets the State/Federal guidelines please complete an application since an approved application helps the school qualify for additional educational funds and discounts. An approval for educational benefits allows families to receive discounted or free meals and activity or Community Education fees. Apply online at; the process is safe, secure and private. Only one application is needed per household. Paper applications are also available from the front office at your child’s school. If you have questions, contact or call 651-683-6958.

apply today!

Reminder, parents/guardians are responsible for all meal account debts incurred prior to this school year and any charges incurred through a la carte purchases. 

More Than Just An Application

ALL families with children enrolled in District 196 Schools should complete an Educational Benefits Application each year.

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.

Continue reading to learn more about how this program directly impacts our district, or click on the document for more information.


*Click to enlarge the PDF document.