Return to Normal School Meal Service Programs for 2022-2023

Since school year 2019-20, USDA has issued many special waiver flexibilities and additional funding for School Nutrition Programs allowing many students to eat free school meals without collecting applications. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 was signed into law (public law 117-103) on March 15. This law did not extend any special authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This means that unless Congress takes special action, there will be no extension of universal free meals. Additionally, there will be no increased funding for the Child Nutrition Programs for school year (SY) 2022-23.

Current USDA guidance means that most students will not have free or reduced-price benefits from last school year to carry them into the first 30 days of the new school year. Only students with an approved free or reduced-price application on file in SY 2021-22 will receive those carryover benefits. Most students will start the year paying for lunch and breakfast until they are either directly certified for free meals or the household submits a complete free and reduced-price meal application that is approved by the school.

What this means for you: Free meals will be available through the 2021-2022 school year. Anyone that doesn’t qualify for Free/Reduced meals will need to pay for Breakfast, Lunch, second meals, extra milks. Prices will be set at the July school board meeting for the 2022-2023 school year. A Free/Reduced meal application will be included in the family packet handed out at the Back to School BBQ/Open House in August of 2022.

If you would like to start adding money to your child(ren)s food account for next year, you can do so through the parent portal, or by sending cash/check to the school.

If you have any questions, please contact the school at 605-225-6194.