702 B – Free and Reduced Price Meals Eligibility

Students enrolled and attending school in the school district who meet USDA eligibility guidelines will be provided the school nutrition program services at no cost or at a reduced price.  The school district shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the overt identification of students who are eligible for free and reduced price meals.

At least twice annually, the district shall notify all families of the availability, eligibility criteria, and application procedures for free or reduced price meals in accordance with state and federal law.

It is the responsibility of the Director of Nutrition Services, or designee, to determine the eligibility of students for free or reduced price school nutrition programs, in accordance with criteria established by state and federal law.  If school personnel have knowledge of a student who is in need of free or reduced-price meals, school personnel shall contact the Director of Nutrition Services, or designee.

If a student owes money for ten or more meals, the Director of Nutritional Services or designee, may contact the student’s parent or guardian to provide information regarding the application for free or reduced price meals. The school is encouraged to provide reimbursable meals to students unless the student’s parent or guardian has specifically provided written direction to the school to withhold a meal from a student.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent, or designee, to develop administrative regulations for implementing this policy.

Date Approved:  March 11, 2019

Legal Reference: 42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq…,7 C.F.R. §§ 210 et seq..,Iowa Code § 283A., 281 I.A.C. 58.

Cross Reference:

702      School Meal Program

702A   School Meal Charges

706      Vending Machines


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