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The state’s Free School Meals program to begin in 2023, families will still need to apply to qualify for more educational benefits

(07/14/2023) Starting Sept. 5, 2023, every student may receive one breakfast and one lunch at no cost during the school year. The state’s Free School Meals program will cover the cost of one breakfast meal and one lunch meal for every student daily, however the cost of a la carte items, such as milk, other drinks, or extra meal items will not be covered. Students will need to have funds in their meal accounts to purchase any additional food items.

If your family needs access to any other educational benefits available to your student, please visit to complete an application.

The enrollment window for the 2023 Applications for Educational Benefits begins Aug. 1, 2023. 

Anoka-Hennepin asks that all families complete an online application to provide additional school funding to support all students in the district. By filling out this application, your school can earn funding and you can save money. 

Educational benefits include:

  • Athletics fees: Eligible students may qualify for fees to be waived or reduced.
  • SAT, ACT, AP Fees: Students may be eligible for discounted fees for academic tests and some lab fees. 
  • Other high school activities: Students may qualify for discounts on speech, debate, theater, band and others. 
  • Additional benefits and cost savings: Chromebook device protection, Comcast Internet Essentials discount, Amazon Prime membership discounts, discounted bus fares with Metro Transit, Xcel Energy account assistance, discounts at museums and theaters.