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702.4 - Eligibility for Free or Reduced Cost Meals




Students enrolled and attending school in the district who are unable to afford the cost or a portion of the cost of the school breakfast or lunch will be provided the Nutrition Services Program at no cost or at a reduced cost according to the guidelines established by the USDA.

The district shall at least twice annually 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 shall be the responsibility of the Nutrition Services manager to determine if a student qualifies for free or reduced cost Nutrition Services in accordance with criteria established by state and federal law. Students whom the principal believes are improperly nourished will not be denied Nutrition Services simply because the paperwork has not been completed.

If a student owes money for five or more meals, the Nutrition Services manager [or designee] may contact the student’s parent/guardian to provide information regarding the application for free or reduced price meals. The school is encouraged to provide reimbursable meals to students who request reimbursable meals unless the student’s parent/guardian has specifically provided written direction to the school to withhold a meal from the student.

Employees, students, and others will be required to deposit funds into a meal account to cover meals consumed.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] to develop administrative regulations for implementing this policy.

Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 9/11; 10/12; 11/13; 4/15
Revised: 10/10; 8/17; 11/18
Related Policy (Code #): 702.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 42 USC §§ 1751 et seq;
7 CFR Pt 210 et seq; 283A; 21 IAC 58