Important Changes to School Meals
Starting in the 2023-24 school year, school breakfast and lunch meals will be fully funded for all students in Minnesota. All students in preschool through grade 12 will be eligible to eat one free breakfast meal and one free lunch meal each school day. Although no application is required to receive this free meal benefit, filling out the Application for Educational Benefits is still important! Your child(ren) may qualify for other benefits like reduced fees at school. Your application may also help the school qualify for education funds, discounts, and other meal programs. Please apply by August 31, 2023 to help our schools and students!
The Westonka Foodies meal program and style of service will remain very similar to previous years. We will continue to offer whole grains, 100% lean muscle protein items, local fruits and vegetables when available, and fresh cold milk. Students will continue to use their PIN numbers when moving through the lines, and a la carte items will be available for purchase for students that need additional food or beverages to help them feel satisfied.
The federal government will cover the cost of the meal for students that qualify for educational benefits (previously known as free/reduced price meals). The State of Minnesota will cover the cost of students that do not qualify for educational benefits. If your household income is equal or less than the maximum total income chart found below, please be sure to complete and submit the Application for Educational Benefits by August 31.
- Application for Educational Benefits - English
- Application for Educational Benefits - Spanish
- Other Translations
4 Reasons to Fill Out and Return the Educational Benefits Application
- Increased funding for the Westonka School District
- Discounts on Mound Westonka High School sports and activities fees
- Community discounts (e.g., internet service)
- To be considered for lower school fees
You can find a Family Resources Guide on the Westonka Foodies website with a list of even more benefits for your student and family: www.westonkafoodies.com.
Return your completed Educational Benefits Application to: Westonka Foodies, 5905 Sunnyfield Road E, Minnetrista, MN 55364, scan/e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to (952) 491-8083. Please note that families MUST reapply for educational benefits each school year. Families that qualified for educational benefits in school year 2022-23 will be placed on a temporary status until the end of the day on Monday, October 16, 2023.
At the beginning of the school year, we ask that families return the completed form by Thursday, August 31, 2023 so that the application can be processed before the first day of school. However, families can apply for educational benefits at any time during the school year. This application can also be completed online via www.westonkafoodies.com.
If you have questions or need help, please contact Deb Bailey at (952) 491-8088 or email@example.com.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who should complete the Application for Educational Benefits?
I get WIC or Medical Assistance. Can my children qualify?
Who should I include as household members?
May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
What if my income is not always the same?
Will the income information or case number I give be checked?
How will the information be kept?
If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?