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Don’t Pay More Than You Have To For Lunches

Families May Qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch. 
Find out today!

(July 1, 2022) — After two years of free meals for all, schools in Minnesota will return to fee-based meals this year. And with record-setting inflation and supply chain challenges, the cost of school meals will increase this year. 

Cambridge-Isanti Schools encourage all families to apply for discounted or free meals. It’s easy. The confidential application form is now available online in Skyward Family Access. Take time to complete the form before school starts. 

Families who complete the Educational Benefits Form (in Skyward Family Access) and qualify for reduced-price or free meals (subsidized by the USDA) may also be eligible for discounts to athletic and activity fees and community education programs. And the more families who qualify, the more compensatory funding the school district receives from the state.

How to Apply

There are three ways to apply for savings.

1) Educational Benefits Forms have been mailed to every student household in the school district. Complete the form and return it via mail or email. 

2) Forms are also available at each school office, as well as the C-I Schools district office, 625A Main Street North, Cambridge, MN 55008.

3) Online, visit and click on Skyward Family Access, log-in, and complete the Educational Benefits Form.

Our office staff is available to assist you, Monday - Thursday, 7:30 - 4:30 p.m. Call 763.689.6210 with questions or email:

Budget Now for School Lunches

Families are also encouraged to budget now for deposits to your child’s lunch accounts throughout the year. Families may deposit funds electronically, as needed, into a child’s lunch account using our online fee-payment system.

For a family with one child in grades K-5 and one child in grades 6-12, both eating daily school lunches, a deposit of $152.95 would cover lunches for the 19 school days in September. There are 171 student school days during the school year. Please use the chart below to calculate costs and plan your budget.

Cambridge-Isanti Schools Meal Prices for 2022-2023 - UPDATED 9/22/22

September 22, 2022 - Last night, the Cambridge-Isanti School Board took action to LOWER prices for school meals, effective Monday, September 26. When the District set the budget last June, Congress had not yet passed the Keep Kids Fed Act, which provides an additional $0.40 for lunches and $0.15 for breakfasts. Further, the district just received notice that the State will provide supply chain disruption grant funding to cover some costs. With the additional revenue coming from the state and federal government, we are able to reduce student prices by $0.60 per meal. The new lunch prices are as follows:

Student Lunch (K-5) - $3.30
Student Lunch (6-12) - $3.55
Adult Lunch - $4.95
Student Breakfast (1-8) - $2.15
Student Breakfast (9-12) - $2.25
Adult Breakfast - $2.80
Extra Milk $.50

More information about the Educational Benefits program and eligibility was mailed to all families in July and is available on our website.

Deb Knickerbocker