APPLICATION FOR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS


DISCLAIMER

Dear Parent/Guardian of ISD #361 Students: Our school provides ONE Breakfast and ONE Lunch per student, per school day. The United States Department of Agriculture is allowing schools to provide meals for the 2021-22 school year through a provision of the National School Lunch Program called the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). A waiver has been issued in order to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVD-19. Our school has chosen to use this waiver and operate the SSO which enables us to provide meals free of charge for all students. No application is required to receive this free meal benefit. However, your child(ren) may qualify additional benefits such as reduced fees or the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) which is a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit that is loaded onto electronic cards for families to purchase food. At public schools, your application also helps the school qualify for education funds and discounts. To apply online go to your Skyward Family access https://skyserver-new.isd361.k12.mn.us/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsSky/fwemnu01.w, an application will also be mailed to your house or print off the paper Application for Educational Benefits from the ISD #361 Food Services web page. Return your completed Application for Educational Benefits to Falls Elementary or High School Offices.

WE NEED YOU!

Would you like to make a difference in your child’s school? Well, here’s how!

Every year your family receives a Application for Educational Benefits. It is important to fill out this form and return it to school for two reasons:

  • Children from families that earn below a certain income level can receive educational benefits (Qualification for assistance is based on household size and income as determined by USDA). Applicants that qualify will receive free lunch and breakfast. We want to help your child eat a healthy balanced diet. Studies have shown that they enjoy the benefits of improved attentiveness and cognition, and have more energy to perform their best.

  • Applications are used to match funding our school receives for resources for students such as books and classroom furniture.

The application is easy to fill out and easy to understand. Also, you do not have to worry about your information being shared with others because application information is CONFIDENTIAL. Students who receive educational benefits are not identified. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the school’s front office. Some parents are concerned about listing income amounts and social security numbers on the application. Any personal information you provide will not be shared. Your information will only be used to determine your child’s eligibility for the school meal programs.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this form so that your child may qualify for these important benefits.

We encourage applying for your Educational Benefits Application online this year. It will be contactless and still confidential. To get started, sign into your Skyward Family Access Account. Select your students name, click on the Foodservice tab, then Applications and Add Application. Families are encouraged to complete the Application for Educational Benefits, as it helps both them and the school district. This form must be completed each year. Paper applications are mailed to each household in August, or in your child’s school office. You can click on the link below, print, fill out and return it to your child's school office.