Charges May Apply

Free & Reduced Applications

Meals are free so why should I fill out an Application?

Yes, meals are being offered at a no-charge status this school year. This is because of USDA's waivers. No waivers have been announced for 2022-2023 which means starting with the 2022-23 school year, meals may no longer be free for all students. For students who do not have a Free or Reduced meal status, pricing will be the following:
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What is a Free & Reduced Application and why should I care?

The Free & Reduced Application is used by the National School Lunch Program to determine if families qualify for either free or reduced school meals.


Though the focus is on food accessibility, these applications are used to help determine federal funding for schools. They can also be used to determine eligibility for certain benefits such as:


  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits
  • Discounted school fees

  • Free or reduced internet service

  • Discounted phone service

  • Discounted Test Fees (e.g. SAT, ACT)

Can I submit an application online?

You can quickly and easily fill out an application via SchoolCafé, your online portal for everything Nutrition Services.

What If I don't want to set up a SchoolCafé account?

If you don't want to set up a SchoolCafé account you can:


  • go to k12northstar.org/Nutrition and download a paper application or
  • you can click the button below

What type of school funding is affected by Free & Reduced Applications?

The number of free and reduced eligible students in a school district can affect the amount of federal funding the district will receive. This, in turn, affects many school programs/services, such as:


  • Additional classroom teachers
  • Academic facilitators & instructional coaches
  • Additional funding for instructional supplies and materials
  • Additional technology devices
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Educational software programs

Nutrition Services

FNSBSD Nutrition Services' mission is to provide appealing and nutritious meals which promote the overall health of each student so they can fully engage in the educational process.