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Free & Reduced School Lunch Program

Free & Reduced School Lunch Program

July 8, 2024 1:30 PM CDT

By: Jo Ann Krulatz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has updated income eligibility guidelines for meals served at schools and day care programs based on federal poverty levels. The income guidelines, updated annually, are effective July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. The guidelines apply to student eligibility for free and reduced-price school meals offered through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and milk offered through the Special Milk Program, along with reimbursement for meals served in child and adult day care centers and family child care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Loren Glassbrenner serves as Superintendent of the River Valley School District.

The guidelines establish that students in a household of four, with income of $40,560 per year or less, qualify for free school meals. If a household’s yearly income is between $40,560.01 and $57,720, children can receive reduced-price meals.

The state’s participating public and private schools and day cares typically provide applications for free and reduced-price school meals during registration and in the beginning weeks of the school year. Glassbrenner urges you to apply.

Applications may be submitted at any time. Only one application is required per household.

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