By Healthy Eating Research team
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, every child in the country has been eligible to receive free school meals. No forms, no questions asked. But when your kids go back to school this year, things will be different, and your child won’t automatically receive free breakfast and lunch.
Prior to the pandemic, tens of millions of kids received free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. In fact, during the 2019-2020 school year, 3.2 billion meals were served through the national school lunch program, 76.9% of which were provided to students for free or at a reduced price.
School meals can be a great source of nutrition. Children get up to half of their daily calories at school. And research has found that healthy school meals can lead to increased attendance, better behavior, and even increased academic achievement.
Access to healthy, nutritious school meals is essential for all children. The good news is--there are steps you can take to make sure your child doesn’t go hungry during the school day and that they get the meals they need during this school year.
At or below 130% of the federal poverty line. For example, children living in a family of three with an annual income of $29,939.00 or less could receive free school meals; or
Between 130 and 185% of the federal poverty line. For example, children living in a family of three with an annual income between $29,939.00 and $42,606 could receive reduced-price breakfast and lunch.
Fill out and send in the application as quickly as possible, even if you’re not sure that you’re eligible.
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