Free or Reduced-Price Meal Applications

  • You may apply for free or reduced-price school meals online. Go to this link: and follow the on-screen instructions.  Application available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.  Click here to view the instructions in Karen.


    Free or reduced-price school meals maybe available for St. Paul Public Schools families experiencing financial hardship, even if that hardship is temporary. A household of four with a weekly income of $863 or less may qualify. Families who receive Food Stamps, MFIP, WIC or FDPIR benefits also may qualify.
    If an application for Free and Reduced meals has not been submitted yet for this school year,
    families can call 651-603-4950.

    In August, an application is mailed to every household in the district.

    If you do not receive an application or if you are new to the district, please call (651) 603-4950 to have one mailed to you, you can pick one up at your child's school or apply online at Applications for  foster children or children residing in a residential institution can also be obtained by calling or stopping by. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information.  

    To provide the best service to the families of our students, we process these applications by computer.  To speed the processing, please print neatly using a black pen and stay within the boxes provided.  Please allow two weeks to process the application.

    Return the completed application to: 
    Nutrition Services
    1930 Como Avenue
    St. Paul, MN  55108

    A student's eligibility status is confidential. Employees are required to keep student status confidential.  Federal regulations specify circumstances where status can be shared with other agencies.  Aggregate data can be shared.  Saint Paul Public Schools' Nutrition Services Standard Operating Procedure No. 700-40: Confidentiality of Free & Reduced Meal Eligibilities Application for Educational Benefits.

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