Free Meals for All Students Ends With the 2021-2022 School Year
With the ending of School Year 2021-2022, so did free meals for every student. While the federal government funded a program that allowed all students access to free meals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress recently declined to continue funding this program. This means all families will need to carry a positive balance in their children’s school meal accounts when school begins next fall.
For questions on completing the application, contact Food Services Director Molly Pierson at email@example.com or (319) 377-4691 ext 1192.
We understand this change may cause you to worry. There are important steps you can take today to make sure your student receives the meals they need next year.
Complete an application for free and reduced price meals NOW.
If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals, they can still receive them next year, but you must take action to make it happen. Complete the 2022/20223 online application for free and reduced meals before the beginning of the school year. To apply for free or reduced meals, please complete an online application through our Total K12 site using this link: Free & Reduced Application. The full link is: https://onlineapp.totalk12.com/dFbcQgD7bkeNonhKvwxtwg
Budget for the Cost of School Lunches (if you do not qualify for free meals). Families that do not qualify for free meals can start depositing money into their student’s meal account to prepare for the cost of school meals this year. Payments to your student’s account can be made by using the payment portal link in PowerSchool or sending payment to the office in the building your student attends.
The cost of School Meals will be as follows for the 2022/2023 school year:
Student Breakfast price $2.00
Adult Breakfast (non student) $2.40
Student Lunch Preschool-4th $2.85
Student Lunch 5-8th $2.85
Student Lunch 9-12th $2.90
Adult Lunch (non student) $4.13
Pay Off Negative School Lunch Balances
If your student has a negative lunch account balance, we encourage you to pay that as soon as possible and then begin depositing money into your student’s account to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year. Funds may be deposited to student accounts either by online payment options or payment made to the student’s school office. Students at each grade level that do not have sufficient funds shall not be allowed to charge ala carte items. This would include Milk for home lunches sent with your student. If they do not have funds in their account and do not bring any other form of payment the student will be offered a water cup.