Free & Reduced Meals

Application for Free & Reduced Meals

Please Note: Families MUST fill out a new application for benefits at the beginning of each school year or benefits will expire!


Who can qualify for free or reduced 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 children can get free school meals without reporting household income. Also, children can get free or reduced school meals if their household income is within the maximum income shown for their household size on the instructions. Approval for school meal benefits is good for the school year.

Breakfast is free for those students who qualify for free or reduced meals.

Application Info:

There are two ways to apply for free or reduced meals: online or on paper.

To apply online, create at account at https://www.schoolcafe.com/StillwaterAreaISD and fill out the form. View instructions.

Cover letter and applications are also available after August 1 at individual school offices or at Stillwater Area Schools Central Service Building located at 1875 South Greeley Street, Stillwater, MN. Answers to frequently asked questions about Free and Reduced Meals can be found here (after August 1) along with a PDF of the application.

When completing the application, please read all the instructions and other important information and complete all appropriate sections. Incomplete applications will be returned resulting in a delay in processing.

Please return completed paper applications to: Stillwater Area Schools, Nutrition Services, 1875 Greeley Street South, Stillwater, MN 55082.


Need your free/reduced letter?

If you need a copy of your free/reduced letter here are the options.

     1.If you submitted your application online, you can go into your schoolcafe account and print it off. www.schoolcafe.com 

     2.Check your e-mail. Most letters were sent via e-mail. Be sure to check your spam folder. Please note, letters are sent to the e-mail address listed in Skyward under Family One.  

     3.Call 651.351.8326 or e-mail foodservice@stillwaterschools.org and request your letter to be e-mailed to you or printed and mailed. You can also request the letter to be printed and you can stop and pick up at the Central Services Building located at 1875 South Greeley Street in Stillwater.


Pursuant to United States Code, title 42, section 1758(b)(6)(A), the Department of Education shall enter into an agreement with the Department of Human Services to share the eligibility information provided by each school for the limited purpose of identifying children who may be eligible for medical assistance or MinnesotaCare. Parents must contact the school district in writing if they choose not to have this information disclosed.