Free and Reduced-price Lunch Information
Recent news coverage of school lunch issues may have caused some confusion among our parents about our school lunch and breakfast programs, especially the issue of qualifying for free and reduced lunch. In Salt Lake City School District, approximately 56% of our students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, so it is important to us that the information being shared in our community is clear and accurate.
- Parents are encouraged to submit one application for free and reduced meal benefits for the entire household during the annual online student registration process in August, prior to the first day of school. However, if financial situations change, an application can be submitted any time during the school year.
- You can find the application online at http://www.slcschools.org/departments/child-nutrition/Free-and-Reduced-Meal-Application.php, or you can contact the Child Nutrition Department at (801) 974-8380.
For families who do not qualify for free or reduced meals, access to nutritious meals is also important. Regardless of the ability to pay, students will not be denied school meals.
- Our Child Nutrition policy specifically states, “The child nutrition program will not discriminate against, nor physically segregate, any student because of his or her inability to pay the full price of a meal or milk. Schools must ensure that students eligible to receive free or reduced price meals, or whose meal accounts have a low balance or are delinquent, are not easily identifiable or subject to ridicule, or embarrassment.”
- If a student’s meal account is inadequate to pay for a meal, the school will provide a full meal to the student, and parents will be notified by the school.