Free/Reduced Lunch Application for 2024-2025 School Year

Before you begin, things you'll need, and frequently asked questions can be found here.

To apply for free or reduced meals, please complete an online application through our Total K12 site here. The full link is: https://onlineapp.totalk12.com/dFbcQgD7bkeNonhKvwxtwg

For questions on completing the application, contact Food Services Director Molly Pierson at mpierson@marion-isd.org or (319) 377-4691 ext 1192.

Quick Information:
My child's application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out a new application?
Yes, your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first 30  days of the following school year.

My child qualifies for free meals, why do we have a balance of charges on our account?
The most common reason that there is a balance on a free meal account is because you child brought lunch from home and took a milk to go with their home lunch. Milk is only free when served with a school provided meal. When a child that qualifies for free meals take a milk with their home lunch, 60 cents will be charged to their account.

A middle school or high school student takes an extra entrée or serving of the daily sides (example fruit or vegetable). Will this be a charge?
Yes, this will be a charge to the student's account. If you do not want your student to purchase extra servings, please have that conversation with your student.

Frequently Asked Questions about Free and Reduced Price School Meals can be found here.

What's Included in a Free Breakfast?

Breakfast choices include:
1  main item choice
1 juice cup (apple, grape, fruit punch, orange)
1 of the daily fruit choices
1 milk

To count as a meal, students have to choose at least 3 items with one being a serving of fruit or a juice cup. 

Breakfast

What's Included in a Free Lunch?

Lunch choices include:
1 main item choice (meat-meat alternate and grain)
1-2 vegetable choices
2 fruit choices
1 milk (plain skim or chocolate skim)

To count as a lunch, students have to choose at least 3 of the 5 food groups with one being a serving of fruit or vegetable. 

If chips, a cookie, slushie, or ice cream are on the menu, they are also included in a meal. Otherwise, any other items like chips, bottled beverages, cookies, etc. are a la carte and not included as part of a meal.

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