Free School Meals Bill: What it Means and FAQ

  • School meals will be free for all students starting in the 2023-2024 school year! Thanks to the new Minnesota Free School Meals Bill, all Big Lake students will be able to receive one free lunch and one free breakfast each day they attend school. This significant legislation was signed into law by Governor Walz on March 17, 2023, and aims to ensure that all students have access to nutritious meals by providing meal reimbursement to Minnesota districts.  

    Key details you need to know:

    • Students automatically receive 1 free breakfast and 1 free lunch each day they attend school.
    • Additional charges apply for à la carte items and extra meals.
    • Students must attend in-person school to receive free meals.
    • Eligible families are still encouraged to submit the Application for Educational Benefits! Your child(ren) may qualify for other benefits like reduced fees at school, and it helps the district receive additional funding.
  • Who is eligible to receive free meals?

  • Do I need to do anything to start receiving free meals?

  • What exactly will my student receive for free? What is/is not covered?

  • What is the cost for extra items?

  • Should I still fill out the Application for Educational Benefits?

  • Will students still have a lunch account? How can students pay for extra items?

  • Will the free meals program be available during school breaks and holidays?