Apply for Educational Benefits

Click here for the FILLABLE 2021-2022 Educational Benefits Application

Haga clic aquí para obtener la Solicitud de Beneficios Educativos en Español 2021-22 COMPLETABLE


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Thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),

ISD 199 will provide meal for free of charge to all students for the 2021-2022 school year. No application is required to receive this free meal benefit. However, the district is encouraging ALL families to apply for Educational Benefits because your child(ren) may qualify additional benefits such as discounts 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. (Must apply by September 3. Details at mn.gov/dhs/p-ebt)

Qualifying applications also help by providing crucial funding for your child's school. These funds provide significant resources for our students. This is essential because it determines the school’s level of eligibility for grants, State (Compensatory Education or CompEd) and Federal (Title I) dollars that are allocated to each school to support students. These sources generate over $2.5 Million in funding for the school district each year which are vital to supporting the educational process.


What is the Educational Benefits Program?

In addition to providing free or reduced-priced meals for qualifying students through October of the next school year, the Educational Benefits program offers discounts at school and around the state.

SCHOOL DISCOUNTS
• Device insurance
• Activity fees
• Parking fees
CITY DISCOUNTS
• Internet, phone, and electric services
• YMCA memberships
• Zoo and museum admission

Click here to see the full list of Educational Benefits discounts.


How Do I Apply?

Any family can apply or reapply at any time during the school year, especially if they did not qualify previously but their circumstances have changed. Applying for Educational Benefits is free, easy, and confidential. All information provided on the application is protected as private data. Families must apply every school year to receive benefits. You only need to apply one way: online or with a paper application. Families participating in SNAP, MFIP, or FDPIR benefits who have received a Direct Certification letter in the summer from ISD 199 Food Service does not need to apply.

APPLY ONLINE

Apply through Infinite Campus in English or Spanish.
1. Log in to the Parent Portal
2. Click into Infinite Campus
3. Click "More"
4. Click "Meal Benefits"

Need help? 

Read the Instructions for Parents/Guardians for Meal Benefits Application

Read Instructions on How to Reset E-Signature Pin

Portal Account assistance, please contact the main office of your student's school or email parent.portal@isd199.org.



APPLY ON PAPER OR IN-PERSON

1. Click on a link below to print a copy of the Educational Benefits application

Click here for the FILLABLE 2021-2022 Educational Benefits Application

Haga clic aquí para obtener la Solicitud de Beneficios Educativos en Español 2021-22 COMPLETABLE


2. Return your completed Application for Educational Benefits to:

Drop Off:

  • Your child’s school building or
  • ISD 199 District Office building between 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM at 2990 80th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Mail: ISD 199 District Office, ATTN: Food Service Department
Night Box: Located at the District Office Building, right side door #16
Email: xiongp@isd199.org
Fax: 651-306-7295

For Questions or Assistance

If you have questions or need help, call 651-306-7822 or email Pachia Xiong, Admin. Asst. of Food Service, xiongp@isd199.org.

Si prefiere español, póngase en contacto con Abbie Losinski en 651-955-6610 o LosinskiA@isd199.org.


When Will I Know If I Qualified?

After your application is processed, you will be notified by letter regarding the outcome usually within a week. Applications cannot be processed until all required information is complete.

This is an equal opportunity provider.


Is this form required?

This form must be completed to apply for free or reduced-price school meals, unless:
(1) Your school provides free school meals to all students without application (Community Eligibility Provision, Provision 2 or Provision 3). However, at public schools, your completion of this form also helps the school qualify for other education funds and discounts even if not needed for school meals.

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2) You have been notified that your children have been directly certified for school meal benefits based on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).


Privacy Act Statement / How Information Is Used

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give this information but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced-price school meals. You must include the last four digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the Social Security number are not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child, or you provide an MFIP, SNAP or FDPIR assistance number, or you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a Social Security number.

We will use your information to determine if your child qualifies for free school meals, and for administration and enforcement of the school meal programs. We may share your information with other education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

Children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals may qualify for Minnesota Health Care Programs. Your child’s status for school meals may be shared with Minnesota Health Care Programs unless you tell us not to share your information by checking the box in Step 4 of the application. You are not required to share information for this purpose and your decision will not affect approval for school meal benefits.

At public school districts, each student's school meal status also is recorded on a statewide computer system used to report student data to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as required by state law. MDE uses this information to: (1) Administer state and federal programs, (2) Calculate compensatory revenue for public schools, and (3) Judge the quality of the state's educational program.


Nondiscrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider.