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FREE & REDUCED MEALS PROGRAM

SCSD2 believes children need healthy meals in order to learn.

As part of our commitment to provide every student with the resources to succeed, we offer free or reduced meals to students who qualify.

Reduced price meals are $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch

(for comparison to full prices, see our Meal Prices page).

Understanding that financial circumstances can change during the school year, you may complete an application at any time. However, to avoid accruing a lunch balance,

we recommend completing an application prior to school starting.

Applications are available online via the parent portal or in paper form at schools in the beginning of August.

Eligibility for meal benefits from a previous year runs through the first 30 days of the following school year. After that deadline, families will begin accruing a lunch balance unless a new application has been submitted and approved.

*If you qualify for meal benefits via programs such as SNAP or McKinney-Vento, you will automatically receive the benefit and do not need to complete an application. However, if you no longer qualify for those programs you must complete a Free/Reduced Meal application in order to continue receiving meal benefits.

The following are frequently asked questions regarding eligibility for these programs. We encourage you to review the free and reduced meals application for additional questions about eligibility and to apply for the program.


Who can get free meals?

All children in households receiving benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, or, in some States, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) can get free meals regardless of your income.

Children can receive free meals if their household’s gross income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.


Who can get reduced price meals?

Children can receive low cost meals if their household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.


Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

Only if one of your students attends John C. Schiffer Collaborative School. You may complete a single application for all students attending other SCSD2 schools.

Students at JCSCS may be included on applications for all other district schools as a household member, however you must complete a separate, paper JCSCS application to qualify for free/reduced meals for your JCSCS student.


PLEASE REMEMBER!

We cannot approve an incomplete application.

Applications received with missing social security numbers, signatures, etc. will be delayed in processing, which may lead to your household accruing a lunch balance. Make sure your application is complete and accurate when you submit it, and feel free to contact the school secretary or SCSD2 district office (307) 674-7405 with any questions.


ONLINE APPLICATION

In addition to completing the paper Free/Reduced Meal application, SCSD2 also offers families the ability to complete an online application (for all schools except John C. Schiffer Collaborative School).

To complete the application, you will need to have a parent portal set up.

Prior to beginning the Meal Benefits Application, you will need to know your e-signature pin. If you haven’t set one up or don’t remember what it is, click on Account Settings:

At the bottom of the following page you will be able to create or edit your e-signature pin (you will be asked for the PIN when you are completing the Meal Benefits Application):

Next, click on the Applications/Forms tab at the left side of the screen:

Click on the blue “click here to start the application process” link, and you will be walked through the steps necessary to complete your Meal Benefits Application.

USDA Non-discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov