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 who qualify for school meals must complete a new application each school year.  If a new application in not completed by September 15th, the family will be removed from the program and charged full price for student school meals.   Families are encouraged to submit their application for approval at registration.  The school district will randomly select a percentage of families to verify income on an annual basis.  Students who qualify for free and reduced school meals may have one breakfast and one lunch at the approved rate per day.  All purchases of second entrees, side dishes, extra milk, and a la carte are full priced items.  
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