Free and reduced lunch information

MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville R-II school district has announced its revised free and reduced price policy for school children unable to pay the full price of meals served in the district’s schools.

Under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, local education officials have adopted new family size income criteria for determining eligibility. The threshold of income continues to adjust annually, but the district hasn’t seen significant changes, said Assistant Superintendent Steve Klotz.

According to a school district press release, children from families whose current income is at or below those shown in the chart are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Each year, every family in the district receives the application materials in a summer mailing and is encouraged to complete the application, he said.

Applications also are available at the school office.

To apply, fill out a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application and return it to the school.

“Our district has seen a slow and steady increase in the percent of students qualifying for this program,” Klotz expanded. “The district works with families to complete the process and notifications are sent out prior to the start of school.”

Should a family experience an income change throughout the year, he suggests members complete a new application. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year.

“This program is definitely a benefit for families and students,” Klotz said.

The district benefits in terms of overall federal reimbursements for the operation of the food service program, but it also impacts other federally funded programs in the district.

Under the provisions of the policy, Klotz will review the applications, determine eligibility and notify the household.

For more information visit the school website at http://bit.ly/MR2FreeReduced.

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