Resources for Families

Owatonna Public Schools has identified possible community services and resources to assist families who may be facing financial hardships. For additional support, please contact the school social worker in your child’s building for more information or assistance.


United Way of Steele County 

2-1-1 Information and Referral 

Try calling 2-1-1 (1-800- 543-7709) for information on senior childcare, legal help, transportation, housing, employment, food, counseling, volunteering, and much more! United Way of Steele County helps fund this service for our area. 2-1-1 is a free, multilingual, and confidential phone service that is available 24/7/365. 


1850 Austin Road, Suite 103


(507) 455-1180


Food/Nutrition Needs

Steele County Food Shelf 

The Steele County Food Shelf can provide up to a 10-day supply of a variety of nutritious foods.


155 Oakdale Street, Suite A


(507) 455-2991


Owatonna Public Schools Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Families may apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch program by applying online at or by stopping or calling 515 West Bridge Street. Qualifying students receive free breakfast and free/reduced lunches.  

(507) 444-8616


School Backpack programs/Weekend Pantry programs

Local programs support families by supplying a backpack of food or food and recipes for children/families for the weekend, depending on the age of the student. Contact your child’s school social worker for more information.


Free Community Meals

Meal of Hope

When:  Every Sunday

Time:  5:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Where:  Trinity Lutheran Church, 609 Lincoln Avenue Owatonna 

Room: Fellowship Hall

For more information or transportation needs call: (507) 451-4520


Community Supper

When: Every Wednesday 

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

Where:  Bethel Church,  1611 Hemlock Ave Owatonna

Room: Multipurpose Room, downstairs, across from the kitchen. 

For more information call: (507) 451-8548 


St. Vincent de Paul Society

When: Every Tuesday

Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 512 S Elm Ave, Owatonna 

For more information call: (507) 451-4845


Clothing Needs

Steele County Clothesline 

The Steele County Clothesline can provide free clothing and small household items to Steele County residents in need.


155 Oakdale Street, Suite A


(507) 451-2550


Health and Dental

Steele County Children’s Remedial Fund

The Children's Remedial Fund of Steele County is a program intended to provide financial support to eligible families who have children with medical, dental, vision, hearing, school supplies and winter clothing needs. You can download and print an application on the website or request an application from your community school nurse or school social worker. 


Let’s Smile Inc. Dental Programs

Some of the schools offer dental clinics in partnership with Let’s Smile Inc. These services are for families on state insurance programs or have no dental insurance. Let’s Smile also provides dental cleanings at the Steele County Clothesline on most Wednesdays. Contact your child’s school social worker for more information or contact Holly from Let’s Smile directly at 507-363-3023

FamilyWize Prescription Discount

FamilyWize is a prescription discount drug program that could potentially save you 40% on prescription drugs. The discount cards are free of charge and available at. 

Housing Assistance 

Energy Assistance Program  

SEMCAC is a local community agency that provides energy assistance. You can find their EAP application on their website or by calling 1-800-944-3281. 



If your family is experiencing or anticipates loss of housing please contact your school social worker. There are protections and services available to you under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. There are also resources within the community to support with eviction prevention. 

School Supplies

The school social workers in each building have a supply of school supplies to hand out to students/families in need. Please contact your child’s school social worker if your child is needing school supplies. 



Car Repair Funds

SEMCAC a local agency is offering car repair funds to support to families facing financial hardship as long as there is a child under the age of 18 in the home. The can be reached by phone at 507-864-7741 or via email at for more information.