Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Applications were mailed to all households. This application must be submitted yearly. Please take the time to complete and return to the Food Service Department. Applications will be available all year and can be submitted as needed if your family’s income changes. There are far-reaching benefits for all NPSD students beyond participation in the breakfast, lunch, and/or school day milk programs. The percentage of confirmed free/reduced students directly impacts any additional funding or grants available for the school district. Please fill out and return the application today.
Students are not mandated to participate in the meals program just because the family has returned a completed application. All information provided with the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application is confidential along with student eligibility. Eligible families may have school enrollment fees either waived or reduced, however, we must have your permission to share your information. A “Sharing Information with Other Programs” form was included with the application along with “Student Meals Profile.” Please complete these forms and return to the Food Service Department.
NPSD’s Policy Committee reviewed and updated the Food Service Fees Policy 6152.02. The policy explains that the Food Service Program is a “pre-payment program” and families are expected to have a positive balance in each student’s account throughout the year. If the balance of a student reaches $5.00 or less, an automated phone call from the Food Service Department will be made on Thursdays at 7 p.m. If you DO NOT want to receive this phone call, please keep your student’s account balance above $5.00. The call placed in lieu of sending out invoices and is a reminder to add money to your student’s account. Please feel free to call the Food Service Department, 715-479-5800, if you have any questions regarding your student’s account. You can review the policy in its entirety on the NPSD website under “District Information - Board Policies” and search for 6152.02.
The reduced school meal application is available at all school offices and from the Food Service Department @ 715-479-5800 or via email.
Children need healthy meals to learn. Northland Pines School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs will be $1.30 for PK-5 grades and $1.55 for 6-12 grades; lunch costs will be $2.50 for grades K-5 and $2.75 for grades 6-12. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.
- Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Complete the application to apply for free or reduced price meals. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Food Service Director, 1800 Pleasure Island Rd. Eagle River WI, 54521, 715-479-5800.
- Who can get free meals? All children in households receiving benefits from FoodShare, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or W-2 Cash Benefits, can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free meals if your household’s gross income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
- CAN FOSTER CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS? Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.
- Can homeless, runaway, and migrant children get free meals? Yes, children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant qualify for free meals. If you haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Emily Rhode, 715-479-8989 to see if they qualify.
- WHO CAN GET REDUCED PRICE MEALS? Your children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, shown on this application.
- SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS? Please read the letter carefully and follow the instructions. Call the school at 715-479-5800 if you have questions.
- MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT ANOTHER ONE? Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.
- I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILD(REN) GET FREE MEALS? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application.
- Will the information I give be checked? Yes and we may also ask you to send written proof.
- If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
- What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Margo Smith, Business Manager, 1800 Pleasure Island Rd. Eagle River WI 54521. 715-479-6487
- May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals.
- Who should I include as members of my household? You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends) who share income and expenses. You must include yourself and all children living with you. If you live with other people who are economically independent (for example, people who you do not support, who do not share income with you or your children, and who pay a pro-rated share of expenses), do not include them.
- What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
- We are in the military. do we include our housing allowance as income? If you get an off-base housing allowance, it must be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income.
- My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. is his/her combat pay counted as income? No, if the combat pay is received in addition to his/her basic pay because of his/her deployment and it wasn’t received before s/he was deployed, combat pay is not counted as income. Contact your school for more information.
My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for FoodShare or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1-800-362-3002.
If you have other questions or need help, call715-479-5800.
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Food Service Director
Northland Pines School District