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710.2 Free or Reduced Cost Meals Eligibility

The board shall establish fees and charges for the school meal program.  Free or reduced-price meals shall be provided to those students whose parents or guardians are unable to pay the full cost of the meal subject to federal and state laws and rules and regulations.  The income guidelines and the procedures for applying for free and reduced-priced meals shall be publicy announced at the beginning of each school year. 


It is the responsibility of the food service director to determine if a student qualifies for free or reduced cost school food services.  Students, whom the director believes are improperly nourished, will not be denied the school food program services simply because the paperwork has not been completed.  There shall be no physical segregation or other discrimination against any child eligible for free or reduced-price meals, nor shall there be any identification of any eligible student by special meal tickets or published lists of names.  The names of students receiving free or reduced-price meals shall not be made known to any person except necessary staff members.


Employees, students and others will be required to purchase meals consumed.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for implementing this policy.


Legal Reference:

42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq. (National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Acts).
7 C.F.R. Pt.  245Iowa Code ch. 283A
281 I.A.C. 58.


Cross Reference: 710 School Food Services


Approved 10-18-04      Reviewed 5-18-09,  12-22-15  3-18-2019        Revised  1-15-13,  1-11-16, 3-18-2019