Will students still receive free meals this year?
No. The USDA’s free meals waiver for public school food service programs, which provided free daily breakfast and lunch to all students (regardless of financial qualification) for the last two years, expired on June 30, 2022.
As a result, families who may qualify for free and reduced meals based on income or other qualifying factors will need to complete thefree & reduced lunch application form
Regardless of previous qualification, the meal benefits application must be completed on an annual basis. Only students who qualified for free/reduced meal benefits prior to the USDA waiver will continue receiving benefits through Sept. 15, 2022, after which a new application will need to be on file to continue receiving free/reduced meal prices.