Edina Public Schools created the Meal Fund to ease the burden of school meal debt on families in a time of crisis, such as employment instability, illness, death or food insecurity.
In Edina, 8.7 percent of EPS students qualify for free or reduced cost meals. 28 percent of households are cost burdened, which means cost of living outpaces income (MN Compass). We can work together to support our families and our community.
- The number of vulnerable families is significantly higher than reported
- These students are one crisis away from food insecurity resulting in school meal debt
- The Meal Fund is a sustainable community-sourced funding solution
How has EPS addressed this issue?
Historically, PTOs, principals and staff have been key partners in assisting families in crisis. In 2016, EPS created Meal Fund, which enabled graduating students to gift the surplus from their meal accounts. Then in 2018, EPS created the option to donate directly to the Meal Fund.
- Is meal debt a significant problem for Edina Schools students and families?
- Are students ever turned away for a meal?
- Before Meal Fund, how did the district deal with this debt?
- Doesn't the government Free and Reduced benefit cover meal costs for those who need it?
- Is my donation tax deductible?
- How much is a school meal?