GUIDELINES FOR FREE & REDUCED PRICE MEALS
HOW TO CHOOSE ITEMS THAT MAKE A MEAL
Per the USDA, School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program Guidelines
For a breakfast or lunch meal to be free or reduced price, students must choose certain items to make a meal when they go through the line. The guidelines below will explain what items may or may not be taken to make a meal. These guidelines must be followed to ensure that your student will receive their benefits.
Elementary Students (Grades K-5)
At breakfast and lunch, students are served the meal that is listed on the lunch menu. All meals served fall within the guidelines, so the meal they are served will be charged at the free/reduced price. They only time an elementary student will incur an extra charge is if the student takes a second milk with their school meal or if the student brings a meal from home and takes a milk only from meal line.
Middle School & High School Students (Grades 6-12)
All high school & middle school students may pick and choose which items they want at breakfast and lunch. We serve a variety of options to choose from daily. To ensure that your student recieves their free/reduced price meal benefit, there are certain components that must be choosen to make a meal. There are different components for breakfast and lunch. The guidelines below will help you determine what those components are.
Extra Cost Items
Some items that we serve are not considered to be a component of a free/reduced meal and are only available at an extra charge. Below you find examples of these items. Any student who has money in their food service account may purchase these extra cost items. The only time we will stop a student from taking extra cost items is if their food service balance has no money in it. Please let your student know what your expectations are in regards to them taking extra cost items.