The Free & Reduced Meal Program: Nourishing Minds and Securing Futures
Ensuring that every student, irrespective of their financial background, receives nutritious meals is the cornerstone of the Free & Reduced Meal Program. This government-sponsored initiative stands as a testament to the community's commitment that hunger should never be an obstacle to learning. Students who are well-fed are better positioned to concentrate, grasp concepts, and excel academically. To become beneficiaries, families must fall within stipulated income guidelines, generally aligned with the federal poverty level. Once deemed eligible, children are offered meals at no cost, considerably alleviating the economic pressures on many families.
A timely reminder for those who have benefited from this program in the past: applications from the 2022-2023 school year are slated to expire on October 11th. To ensure uninterrupted access to these meal benefits, it's imperative to submit a fresh application by this looming deadline. The procedure is designed to be straightforward, but the implications of your application are numerous.
Here's why this is important:
- Continuous Benefits: Filing your application on time ensures that your child remains nourished and ready to take on academic challenges without any interruptions.
- Unlock Additional Perks: Beyond meals, the ripple effect of your application could pave the way for fee waivers, specialized academic support, essential health services, and more. It's an opportunity to provide a comprehensive support system for your child's school journey.
- Support Our Schools: Every application, every student, counts. Each form that's submitted fortifies our school's capability to garner essential funds, directly impacting the quality and range of programs we can offer to our students.
In essence, the Free & Reduced Meal Program is more than just about meals. It's a comprehensive approach to ensuring that every child, regardless of their economic circumstances, has a fair shot at academic success and a bright future.
Apply now at Skyward Family Access
*Enter your username and password, and then click the "Food Service" link on the left side of the screen.
Returning students maintain their prior year’s free or reduced eligibility for the first 30 school days, or until a new application is processed. If a returning student does not have a new application processed by Oct.11, 2023, they will automatically be transferred to a paid account. Families are responsible for any charges incurred.
If you prefer a paper application, they are available below:
For translations of the application in other languages, please visit the USDA National School Lunch Program's Translated Applications site.