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Important Changes to Meal Services, Free and Reduced-price Meals and More

This Fall Important Changes are Coming to Meal Services

Starting fall 2022, there will be several important changes to meal services at South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools). School breakfast and lunches will no longer be free for all students due to the expiration of federal United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) waivers. Students will be charged based on eligibility for free and reduced-priced meals. Families can complete an Application for Educational Benefits form (free and reduced-priced meals) and if you qualify, both breakfast and lunch will be free.  

SoWashCo Schools will return to using a student PIN to pay for school meals. These PINs are unique to each student and can be found in SchoolCafé or Campus Parent Portal.  It is important for your child to learn their PIN before they return to school. Elementary school students can practice at home with this print-off PIN pad. If you are unable to access your student’s lunch PIN, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at 651-425-6280.  

Instructions to find PIN



More Than a Meal Application - Complete the Educational Benefits Form

Completing the Educational Benefits form, also known as free and reduced-priced meals application, provides a variety of discounted or free benefits for SoWashCo Schools families. It also helps provide essential funding to support all students in the district. 

Discounted and free benefits can include:

  • Meals
  • Kids Club
  • Community Education Programing
  • Athletics 
  • Instrument Rentals
  • Student Parking Passes
  • Graduation Fees
  • Device Protection Plans

Families must submit a new application each year. If your family received free or reduced-priced meals last school year, that same eligibility will remain in effect for the first 30 days of school or until your application is processed. 

The application can be filled out online through your SchoolCafé account or by turning in a completed printed form. Applications in Spanish, Hmong and Somali are also available on our website. 

Learn more and Apply online


Eating Breakfast Boosts Student Achievement

Research continues to show the link between eating breakfast and higher school performance, increased attention and improved behavior. Breakfast is also linked to a lower body mass index, lower obesity rates, and an overall improvement in diet quality. 

Taking the time to have a healthy breakfast before heading out the door can be a challenge. SoWashCo Schools can help, as breakfast is served daily. Federal guidelines ensure school breakfast provides nutritious foods from whole grains, fruit, lean protein and low-fat milk. For $1.50 at elementary schools and $1.90 at secondary schools, students can enjoy breakfast. Breakfast is often a hot item such as waffles, bagel sandwiches, oatmeal, cereal with yogurt, cheese or seeds, fruit and milk.

Low Cost Health Care Available for Families Who Qualify

The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides free and low-cost health insurance for children and families who qualify.

Your child may qualify if your household income is below:

Family size

Monthly income

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Income is one factor for qualifying. Other rules and limits apply. For more information, call your county office or visit this website. These income limits are valid until June 30, 2023.

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Civil Rights Nondscirimantion Disclosure for USDA Programs

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.