Free and Reduced Priced Meals

Lewis Central Nutrition Services sends school meal applications to families before the start of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals any time during the school year by submitting an application directly to your school office or Nutrition Services office.  If you’re earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, you are encouraged to contact your school to fill out a school meal application.  Applications are reviewed by Nutrition Services officials before granting free or reduced price benefits. If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, all of your children who attend school automatically qualify for free school meals. Participation in other Federal assistance programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) also provides automatic eligibility. Please contact the Nutrition Services office at 712-366-8267, from 7:00am – 3:00pm, to determine if you need to fill out an application.

All families interested in receiving free and reduced priced meals must complete a new application at the beginning of each school year.  If your children received free and reduced priced meals during the previous school year, their eligibility will carry-over into the current school year until October 4th, 2018.  When the carry-over period ends, unless you are notified that your children automatically qualify to receive free and reduced priced meals or you submit an application that is approved, the family will then pay full price for school meals. 

Students who qualify for free and reduced priced meals may take one complete breakfast and one complete lunch per day.  Please note, all extras and a la carte items are full priced.  
Once a year, the school district will randomly select families who receive free and reduced priced meals to provide verification of their income.
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