Free Meals for All Students End with the 2021-22 School Year
With the end of the 2021-22 school year comes the end of free meals for students. 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 in August.
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 school year.
Complete an application for Free & Reduced 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 this happen.
Budget the cost for school lunches. Families that do not qualify for free or reduced meals can start depositing money into their student’s meal account by logging into Infinite Campus to prepare for the cost of school meals next year.
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 begin depositing money into your student’s meal account to prepare for the 2022-23 school year.
If you qualify for reduced meals, the cost will be .30 for breakfast, and .40 for lunch, so your student will still need money in their account.
FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS WILL BE LOCATED IN OUR BUILDING OFFICES, ONLINE TO DOWNLOAD AND ON OUR REGISTRATION LINK ONCE PUBLISHED. We will notify everyone when that is available.