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Students enrolled and attending school in the District, who meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) eligibility guidelines, will be provided by the school nutrition food program services at no cost or at a reduced price.  The District shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced price meals.

The District shall at least twice annually notify all families of the availability, eligibility criteria, and application procedures for free or reduced price meals in accordance with state and federal law.

It is the responsibility of the Board Secretary to determine the eligibility of students for free or reduced price school nutrition programs, in accordance with criteria established by state and federal law.  If school personnel have knowledge of a student who is in need of free or reduced‐price meals, school personnel shall contact the Board Secretary.

If a student owes money for five or more meals, the Food Service Department may contact the student’s parent or guardian to provide information regarding the application for free or reduced price meals.  The school is encouraged to provide reimbursable meals to students who request reimbursable meals unless the students’ parent or guardian has specifically provided written direction to the school to withhold a meal from the student.

Employees will be expected to deposit money into a meal account.

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

Approved: May 4, 1990

Reviewed: April 23, 2012

Revised: March 11, 2019