• State and Federal Funded Programs for Schools

    Families must complete a new application each school year.
    2020-2021 Application for Educational Benefits

    * Application must be printed, signed, and returned to the address on the application or to your child's cafeteria.
    * Applications will be mailed to families registered in the district prior to the start of school in the fall.
    * Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.


    Dear Parent/Guardian:
    Our school provides healthy meals each day.
    Breakfast costs: $1.75 Lunch costs: Elementary $2.60  Secondary $2.85
    Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. "Reduced-price" lunches are served at no charge. "Reduced-price" breakfasts are served at no charge. To apply for free or reduced-price school meals, complete the Application for Educational Benefits following the instructions. A new application must be submitted each year. Your application also helps our school qualify for additional education funds and discounts.
    Return your completed Application for Educational Benefits to:

    Chisago Lakes Schools, ISD #2144
    Attn:  Dept. of Food Services
    13750 Lake Blvd.
    Lindstrom, MN  55045


    1. Who can get free or reduced-price meals?
    Children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster, homeless, migrant, and runaway children can get free school meals without reporting household income. Also, children can get free school meals if their household income is within the maximum income shown for their household size on the instructions.

    2. Can foster children get free meals?
    Yes, foster children who are the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless of household income.

    3. I get WIC. Can my children get free meals?
    Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Please fill out an application.

    4. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
    Yes. You or your children do not have to be U.S. citizens for your children to qualify for free meals.

    5. Who should I include as members of my household?
    Include yourself and all other people living in the household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). Include a household member who is temporarily away, such as a college student. Do not include a person who is economically independent and pays their full pro-rated share of all expenses.

    6. What if my income is not always the same?
    List the amount that you normally get. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only sometimes.

    7. Will the information I give be checked?
    Yes, and we may also ask you to send written proof.

    8. How will the information I provide be kept?
    Information you provide on the form, and your child’s approval for school meal benefits will be protected as private data.  For more information see the back page of the Application for Educational Benefits.

    9. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?
    Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your income goes down, household size goes up, or if you start getting Food Support (SNAP), MFIP, or FDPIR benefits.

    If you have other questions or need help, call 651-213-2506 or email at lcierzan@isd2144.org